caesar (4503) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thx to Molenbrouwer. Clear redbrown color, short head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, whisky, touch of honey, wood. Slight sweet taste, port and bourbon. Complex and nicely balanced. Great stuff.
decaturstevo (4414) - 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.
kramer (4346) - 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.
skortila (4174) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled @ De Molen. Tnx Menno! The aroma has wood, malts and is a bit vinous. Clear, brownc coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, caramel malty, has wood and bourbon. Medium bodied beer. Nice.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tpd975 and retorp for the share. Pours dark cola brown with thin white head. Nose is bourbon, cola, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, and some Christmas Ale. Taste really strikes like Our Special Ale, lots of bourbon, vanilla, cola, and spices throughout. Body is a bit thin, as is carbonation. Very nice, enjoyable beer.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft copper amber pour with a sandstone tan head. Nose is rich and caramel forward with hints of toasted oak and diacetyl. Caramel and bitter tannic oak. Musty and lightly oxidized. The barrel is not as forward as I would have expected. A nice enough strong ale.
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle shared by Brad at rbsg2011. Thanks Pours a dark copper amber with a sudsy tane head. Notes of strong toffee, brown sugar, oak, light oxidation.
IrishBoy (3684) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBSG! Nose of oak and vanilla. Clear brown with a small beige head made of big bubbles. Flavor was bourbon, caramel, and a little vanilla.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Near clear amber pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor was more bitter. Some whisky notes in there. A little alcohol. Meh.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like many people who have rated this beer, I may like the story behind it but have a hard time seeing anything particularly special in the beer. Lots of British beers are barrel aged but a lot of those beers have 3.1 averages. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.