ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
Nocturne (554) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown, perhaps ruby in shade. Nice long-lasting head. Aroma is quite muted at first. Bourbon and toffee shyly come forth, then later some bubblegum yeastiness. Malty, brown sugar, bourbon-rich taste. I like the barrel influence. Solid stuff but nothing to pay over the odds for.
Daytonbeer (513) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.
ADfan (503) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle it has a dark brown color. The taste has a mild sweetness almost like a cough syrup. There is some roasted fruits like figs and some peppermint. Good finish.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy auburn brown color with white head.. Nutty caramel malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Complex palate. We’ve got a dark fruit presence along with a please sour note and a candy like maltiness. Smooth bourbon and vanilla finish.
AxlLives (281) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - Pours dark tawny with medium lasting tan head. Big notes of sweet malt, oaky vanilla and bourbon goodness. Medium bodied with a sparkle of hoppy notes. Deceptively smooth, long finish, with a warmth at the end. Reminds a bit of OD, lighter bodied. Really pretty good.
Hanuta06 (240) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: from tap at Beer Junction.
Aroma: lightly fruity with cask wood scent.
Appearance: average-sized, fizzy, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Black body.
Taste: heavily sweet initial flavor and overwhelmingly sweet, caramel finish with hints of cask wood and bourbon. Average duration.
Palate: light body, dry texture and fizzy carbonation.
Overall: a complex beer. I liked the caramel finish, but it soon became overwhelmingly sweet.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I sampled the 1 pt., 6 fl. oz. (22 oz.) bomber bottle. This beer features a medium brown body with a large, long-lasting, light-tan head. It also left some great lacing on the glass I used. It features a big nose, with plenty of dark cherry, raisin, banana, caramel and alcohol aromas. This beer is a blend that tastes much like its Belgian Dubble alter ego going in—with a loaded, syrupy-sweet caramel malt spine—that ripens into a host of dark fruit, earthy oak, and vanilla spiciness, before executing a prolonged, dry finish. It’s a tasty, slow drinker with a big 9.0% ABV.
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured fro a bottle. 2011 vintage 9 % ACL. poured brown aubum red color. Mild sweet taste of some fruits.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Poured a cola color with good carbonation leaving a small dirty white cap and some lacing
S: Whifss of brandy, chocolate and dark fruits
T: Well the taste followed the ose but presented a big letdown with cheap brandy, some Hersheys like chocolate, my moms bakers powder cocoa and some dark fruits, some weird phenols hittin on this with an odd finish.
M: Well carbonated but the mouthfeel was simple and poor tasting
O:Pretty much avoid