Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.5L magnum bottle, courtesy kramer. The pour yields a clear, dark, brassy crimson body with a small, swirly head of smooth, off-white cream. Minimal lace spotting shows on the glass. Aromas are based in big notes of caramel and nougat, with a strong vanilla contingent and notes of sweet, milky cake (think tres leches). A hint of rum raisin and mild barrel spice lends a unique touch, as subtle notes of warming rye whiskey creep in. It’s a very unique and inviting nose. The flavor kicks off with a caramel and brown sugar baseline, transitioning into hints of toasted nuts and very softly charred oak. Vanilla is spicy and persistent, but not overwhelming. Rye whiskey imparts its distinct subtleties without being overly intrusive. There is just a faint hint of dry cocoa that shows up at the very end....not much, but it’s there. The palate is a little thinner than I expected, but it still shows ample substance. Light to moderate carbonation is appropriate, and the alcohol is warming but not hot. Overall, I found this to be a very interesting and well done brew. It isn’t easy to nail a low-ABV barrel application, but they did a pretty nice job here. Lots of love went into making this stuff, and it shows.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBWG 2010. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is of dark fruits, some heavy dark caramel, toffee, light alcohol, and some wood notes. The flavor is much the same, a little caramel sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and candied dark fruits with some nice barrel character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thick with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but on the overall it’s just a good beer, not great. This beer’s reputation certainly floats more on the availability and packaging than the quality of the beer.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet with some wood. A bit of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet with more brown sugar. Hints of wood and spice with a slight stale flavor. Alcohol is pretty mellow and it is nice and smooth overall.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried at Oaquiniox. Someone brought a bottle. Thanks! Dark amber color. Mellow lightly sweet. Pretty good.
decaturstevo (5410) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of rich sweet dried fruit. Rich sweet dried fruit and full malt flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Kramer thanks man. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Malty raisins, sweet dark fruits, a bit of oxidation comes across in a soy and moth kinda way but its not too deterring thanks to the dark fruit ester tones imparted by this strong ale. A nice offering.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. In the nose and flavor, caramel, toasted almonds and coconut are real standouts. Medium-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. Whispers of wood and bourbon in the finish.
drowland (6761) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried at RBWG 2010. Relatively mild for what I was expecting, but still good. Most of the characteristics you’d expect from the barrels are somewhat subdued.
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG 2010. Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel flavor with vanilla and oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours light burgundy.
aroma and flavors, found the barrel profile to be mild with light udnertones of vanilla and barrel. Light chocolate and caramel malts. Overall palate is thin for a 7.5% beer. Finish has a faint touch of wood/barrel that make this one easy to sip on, yet I wish the barrel was a tad more present.