RyanMalloy (2) - - AUG 3, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with a beige foam. Beautiful.
Tastes beautiful too. There are traditional dark ale notes of caramel, hay, banana, and clove along with a special spiciness, like Sichuan pepper, that lingers and tingles for minutes after each sip.
BMMillsy (1438) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged 750 ml from my trip back home to MD. Pours orange amber colored with some light showing through and a massive yellowish off white head. Aroma is whiskey and spice, oak, some oxidization, a hint of sourness on the nose. Hmm. Weird. Flavor is near straight rye whiskey, lots of rye grainy spiciness, lingering oak and vanilla. Almost no sweet malt presence. Somewhat bland, sort of like watered down whiskey on the rocks. Body is thinner than I was hoping for, with medium carbonation. Meh.
Maybe a little hard on this to start, as it improved as it warmed and slowly grew on me. Still was hoping for more sweetness, but paired nicely with some dried figs.
SSSteve (3791) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. murky dark amber with a whipped cream colored head that lasts a long time. nose of caramel, bourbon and vanilla. moderate bourbon barrel flavor but not boozy. lots of vanilla and caramel. some diacetyl. smooth and full bodied. very palatable at 12%...shocking really. this one hit the spot!
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bronze beer with a nice dark cream head. Caramel and bourbon aroma with light vanilla. Bourbon and caramel flavor with light toffee and light popcorn. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and caramel linger with light buttered popcorn.
Gachupines (919) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma is boozy, vanilla and oak with strong bourbon. Flavor is also boozy, strong hints of bourbon. Vanilla and oak with a touch of hops to cut threw just a little. A bit sweet, but finishes fairly mild.
GriffDaddy (64) - - JUN 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alcohol in the front, alcohol in the middle, alcohol at the end and beyond. This is the hottest beer Iíve ever tasted and quite the disappointment. Behind the alcohol was some wood and whiskey, an indeterminate spiciness that was simply overwhelmed by the alcohol. Maybe the flavors were balanced, I could not tell. Part of the magic of great barleywines or strong ales is blending the alcohol in with all of the other goodness. I simply could not get past it here. Would I drink again? Maybe just to see if the first bottle was off. Otherwise, no.
BucannonXC5 (896) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 (received as a Fatherís Day gift)
Purchased: June 14, 2014
Consumed: June 20, 2014
Misc.: Champagne cork; Batch No. RR13324; Best by Nov. 2015; 2014 edition
Poured a dark caramel, amber, murky color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki-tan rocky head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled Jim Beam, whiskey, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, wood, caramel, light coke (or maybe that is what I was wishing), honey, Tang and slight urine. Very boozy.
Tasted pretty close to smell, but slightly better. Got Jim Beam still, whiskey, bourbon, oak, wood, unknown hops, dark fruits, vanilla, light caramel and toffee. Still pretty boozy. I know whiskey is often (always?) associated with rye, but Iím not getting what I usually get from a rye beer. Iím missing that iced tea and tea note that I usually get. Maybe Iíve always been wrong about what rye tastes like. Grew on me as it went down.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, boozy finish.
I really liked this beer, but didnít love it. My ratings could have gone a few different ways, but it was definitely tasty. Booziness rules the day.
joeneugs (3333) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. It pours a deep red color with a fizzy, khaki colored head. The aroma has some hard fruit candy, alcohol, vanilla and touches of barrel. Theres some plum, golden raisins and unripe banana in there as well. The flavor is fruity with some hard candy, light baking spice and vanilla tinged alcohol in the finish. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, unripe banana, cane sugar, and plum. Pretty decent as a sipper, but a bit overbearing.
peteinSD (1384) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the deepest reaches of my nearly exhausted cellar. Murky rust colored pour with a light tan head. Clean whiskey with slight rye spice and some background sweet malt in the aroma. Taste is whiskey dominated but itís balanced with some sweet malt and thin bitterness. Lightly coating mouthfeel. Good beer.
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly brownish-amber, lots of rye, some alcohol, bubblegum, alcohol taste, light toasty rye and a fair bit of bubblegum.