fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle from QFC, Capitol Hill, Seattle; vintage 2014
Hazy amber color with compact head. Intense aroma from the barrel, Bourbon like; but then it gets replaced by some soap feeling, vegetables, tomatoes. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied; straws and malt flavor, some barrel, light peppery/spicy touch, some vegetables, high alcohol perception.
At first it has a great nose, but then it goes downhill. Itís chaotic, and excessive.
S_Side_Smitty (448) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brownish with a thick light tan head. Aroma is oak barrel and tobacco. Taste is smooth, light syrup and creamy mellow malts. Flavors are hard to pinpoint. Itís nice, but I was expecting more.
TylerGreenDC (294) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Interesting... Aroma of a youngish Scotch. The sweet flavors you might expect from a richly ryed beer are evidently mellowed out by the rye-barrel aging, I suppose? Kind of a surprisingly mellow beer, especially considering the ABV. Will be interested to try the 2014 version later this summer.
olr1984 (1061) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy amber with a tan khaki head. Big oak vanilla and caramel taste.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, caged and corked. OK, so right up front, if you donít like whiskey, you wonít like this. From the original aroma right into the very, viscous, alcohol-laden burn in the drink, this is all about the barrel-aged component. This is dark, cherry-oak colored and thick. Settle in, maybe smoke a cigar. (#5502, 4/29/2014)
markducommun (190) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, red gold with a thin tan head. Nose is heavy vanilla and caramel sweetness, maybe a touch of mango. Bitter, with some sourness, also some umami. Muted sweetness towards the end. Incredibly upfront alcohol, medium body. Some carbonation. Really excellent.
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ansalon (1342) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer & Whisky Festival, April 12th. Pours mahogany with a low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, honey, apple, toffee, Taste is caramel, apple, honey, rye bread, raisins. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel with some apple tones.
conway (1397) - - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with a thick rocky white head. Aroma is heavy rye barrel and dark fruit. Taste follows suit and adds a buttery and boozy note. Medium creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Boozy and tasty.
John25 (466) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Bottle. Pours dark cherry brown, no head. Aroma is rye spice and barrel. Taste adds caramel, warm alcohol and more barrel - very sweet. Great balance in the mouthfeel between malt and spice flavor, definitely boozy- a little slippery but not bad - very low carb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gendv138 (1202) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 ounce draft at GBD poured into a tasting snifter. Dark caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of whiskey, dark fruit, maple syrup. Tasting notes of whiskey, dark fruit, citrus. Medium body with a dry finish, syrupy mouthfeel.