M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones
A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving
25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu
10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384
Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries
Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage
Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered
Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie
03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384
Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy
Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent
Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation
Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness
Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Mr. B’s. Looks to be a dark red with some haze in the body and a permanent off-white head. Nice, fruity, spicy aromas from the yeast cut through the vanilla oaken notes. Some hints of chocolate and cherry are here as well. The palate is big and creamy. A tasteful alcohol burn is present. The bourbon isn’t crazy in this beer. Cherries really start to come through in the finish, but never come to the foreground. Pretty unique for a barrel aged quad, but I might actually like it even better without fruit.
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy copper under a thin light ivory cap. Bright and succulent boozy nose that’s woody, caramelly, dates, cherries, brown sugar and light bourbon and raisins. Flavor is a delicious woody and bourbonny raisin bomb with dates and cherries and oak and caramel and a touch of vanilla. Smooth fruity and woody sweet finish with a boozy background.
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep cloudy amber with a thick creamy long lasting orangish off-white head. Bourbon and old leather aroma. Burnt candy flavor along with a slightly bitter toffee taste, bourbon, vanilla, cherries, aged hardwood and a buttery character. Alcohol is evident in the taste and the warmth after the swallow. Cloyingly sweet, yet smooth and interesting.
Scipio (837) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you to Nik for this very thoughtful present. Pours a deep and cloudy copper with a thin tan head. The aroma is tart and extremely boozy. Along with plenty of bourbon, there is caramel, cherry, oak, and a little bit of vanilla. The taste is sweet and tart, although the sweetness isn’t over the top. This one also doesn’t have the bourbon kick that the nose would lead you to believe. I find vanilla, bourbon, cherry, raisin, and caramel. The flavors are well balanced, with probably the bourbon standing out most. This is medium in body, with a sticky texture, and has average carbonation. Despite is strength, I found this one easy to drink. An excellent choice here.
cmacklin (880) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. (2015 release) Pours a cloudy red-brown with lots of sediment floating around and a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces. Sweet, malty aroma of toffee, overripe fruit, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and oak. Sweet flavour of toffee, dried fruit, spice, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and oak with a dry, slightly tart, warming alcohol finish. Medium to full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.
rosskyle (535) - - SEP 25, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Hazy Amber brown color with particulates and an off white head. Sweet plum alcohol aroma. Sweet cherries toffee dark fruit bourbon finish. Thick chewy body.
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mstrcrwly (999) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass..burgundy with a medium off-white head..
aroma of toffee,bourbon,dark fruits,caramel..tastes of cherries,raisins,bourbon,
toffee & bread..well done.
Dorkenstein (433) - - SEP 4, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big toasted coconut aromas and raisin bread. Taste is yeasty raisin bread, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and some cherries on the finish and after taste. As it warms more caramel, vanilla, and toffee aromas appear; as well as some plum.
CardsFan25 (88) - - SEP 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened a well carbonated bomber of the 2015 release and poured into a snifter glass. Copper in color with plenty of head. Fruit, caramel, and a nice Bourbon smell. Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits rounded off by bourbon. Would buy again in a heartbeat at 12.99!
Booga (82) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. Cloudy nut brown pour. Dense one-finger head with tight bubbles. Lots of lacing. Wonderful mouthfeel. Very boozy and definitely the first taste is bourbon. Aroma has lots of bourbon. Nutty flavor is definitely present but not much in the vanilla or toffee sweeter flavors.