ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, black licorice, candi sugars, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and a hint of booze.
T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, roasted coffee, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, black licorice, some earthy hops, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.
D - Fantastic balance and complexity. Spot on.
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle thanks to bytemesis! Pours dark rich brown, opaque in glass, with a finger of head. Nose is earthy dark fruits, raisin, plum, light woody bourbon spice, some subtle dark cocoa. Taste is earthy dark fruit and dark bread, light bourbon, raisin. Finish is multi-textured mix of earthy dark whole grain breads, wood, and roasty bourbon cocoa fruits. Interesting.
italianjohn (2314) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour tan thin head with no lacing .... Aroma of dark fruits, Chocolate malts and molasses with light candi sugar ..... Taste is of bitter roasted malts, chocolate malts and dry oak with a vanilla, bourbon notes and a dark fruit candi sugar ... Has a nice thick Belgian dark fruity yeast to it and vinous notes ... Finish is dry sugary oaky and has a lingering sweetness .... Solid and enjoyable
umich03jm (1932) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Pours opaque dark brown with a small foamy head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some very light barrel notes and chocolate. Tastes roasty. Slightly astringent. Weak barrel character. High carbonation doesn’t fit right either. Not bad but just very boring.
RobertDale (3401) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, fruit, and wood. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, and barrel. Very nice.
Dogbrick (7952) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 014: Almanac-tastic 01 on 06/27/2014. The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt. oak and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, oaky bourbon and dark fruits. The finish is oaky with a mildly tart fruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from bytemesis - thanks again! Pours a deep brown color with amber edges and a moderate off-white head that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, earth, figs, vanilla, candi sugar, boozy cake, raisin, brown sugar, and oak. The flavor is the same slate of notes, but smoother and boozier. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a warm mouthfeel. Nice barrel blend.
cbfobes (2288) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle from a trade some while ago, time to drink some of these sitting around I suppose, pours black with a thin light brown head, aroma has a nice bourbon and oak touch with some dark chocolate and vanilla mixed in, the flavor has a light amount of roast on the front end with some of the oak and vanilla in the finish, abv is pretty well hidden, smooth mouthfeel, pretty good.
madvike (2695) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours black with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is whisky, dark roast, and brown sugar. Pretty mellow and not too sweet. Taste is mellow boozy bread, whiskey, marshmallow, butterscotch, and a medium roast/sweet booze finish. Thick and softly carbonated. Tasty, especially for a style I don’t like all that much.
jjgmd (1406) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black pour with a small rather fast dissipating head. Nose is sweet, fruity, with notes of dark chocolate coconut... very pleasant. Taste is sweet, fruity with vanilla, bourbon and coconut. Finishes on the same tasting notes with a sweet, fruity whiskey ending. Nice. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1363) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and nice aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is delicious, tons of bourbon and oak with vanilla, liquorice, dark fruits, and chocolate leading to warming finish. Great oak aged bourbon brew