ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking.
S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it.
T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater.
M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some.
O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.
GTAEgeek (1407) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Southern Filling Station. Pours dark ruby brown. Nose is black cherries, molasses, dates, light chocolate, vanilla, and cloves. Sweet and nicely tart. Medium to heavy body, syrupy and a touch acidic. Overall, this is a complex, nicely balanced, and tasty beer.
slowrunner77 (6742) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
surprisingly good beer from a brewer I am admittedly not a fan of. got to sample this without dropping $10, though. Big booze and barrel character but not overly hot. light fruitiness, oak and yeast comes through as well.
gopherfan99 (810) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head; aroma is dark fruits with molasses, vanilla, yeast, and some spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate with hints of yeast and vanilla; has a light spice finish with a hint of oak; nice Belgian
Cybercat (3878) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Pours opaque dark chocolate brown with a typical light tan head. Bold aroma has fruity, bourbon, woody, and subtle malty notes. Flavor delights with fruity, caramel, bourbon, woody and fruity notes that dance across the palate. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz; finish is fruity and woody. Splendid!
rproff78 (152) - - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum. Very good barrel aged beer out of California. A must try if you can find it!
beernovice39 (3237) - Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2014. Deep reddish brown color with a tan top. Nose is fruit basket, wood and cocoa powder with bourbon as she warms. Taste is sweet dark fruit with some bourbon as well. Nice
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve seen this one on shelves for years now, but never took the plunge. I finally get to try in on draft at Artistic Table in Livermore… glad I did. It pours a dark brown/red color with a light tan head. The aroma has lots of crystal malt, brown sugar, plum and raisins. Some fruity acidity in there as well. Nice. The flavor is the same. Lots of dark fruit, sweet caramel, mild toffee and buttery/woody barrel notes. There’s some noticeable alcohol heat, but it’s welcome since it cuts the heavy sweetness perfectly. Pretty tasty stuff and the bottles are pretty reasonably priced. Might pick up one sometime soon.
Cory (371) - , California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Vanilla, oak, yeast, raisins, smoke. Taste is sour, with a little savory, flavors of sour apple, grape juice, and wood. Belgian yeast, red ale, and juice qualities, and no bourbon or dark malts. Interesting and complex but not particularly that enjoyable for more than a couple sips in my opinion.
tmongoose (1608) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber shared poured a mahogany deep red color with off white to almost light brown head. aroma is of bourbon and vanilla and dark fruits. the flavor is a medium bodied. the flavor is more of the same plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes with plenty of dark fruit undertones. lots of great flavors running through this at times seems a bit muddled but yet distinctive of each flavor..
beertholomeus (1112) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2012. Pours a burnt reddish brown color with a thin khaki head. Malt, caramel, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, tart and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, plum, raisin, tart, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Slightly sweet with a malt, dark fruit and vanilla finish. Wouldn’t mind a bit more barrel character.