Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some sweet bourbon notes mixing with a bit of dark fruity esters and a pinch of hops. Smells alright. The taste is nice and barrel aged barleywine like which is right up my alley. It has a modest level of sweet dark fruity esters and molasses quickly getting into sweet and smooth bourbon like notes. Behind those flavors I get a bit of pine hops and boozy heat helping to take this to the finish. This just hit the spot for me.
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium to large, frothy light tan head, somewhat quick dissipation with spare lacing. Aroma is lightly sugary oak, vanilla and whiskey, green raisins, and figs. Pie crust and cookie malt aromas mingle underneath alongside light notes of spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is subtle malt, somewhat thin and hidden beneath a moderate hop bitterness and whiskey burn. Dark fruit notes work nicely with the oak and vanilla, light toffee flavors. Medium-light body, rather thin with medium-light carbonation. The oak thins this beer out too much and brings a tannic character that detracts from what may otherwise be a pleasant beer. Why oak age a beer just to oak age it?
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rackhouse. Pour is crimson/amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, sherry, whiskey, figs, caramel, and cherries in the aroma. Really sweet aroma, nice. Taste is like a nice brandy, cherry, dark fruits, bourbon, and anise with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. I kind-of enjoyed this one and a nice pleasant surprise.
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on Draft @ the Houston Saucer during their 12th anniversary party .. . wow, this is very impressive. a good beer by a subpar brewery .. . touch tart .. pure mild bourbon .. light mouth, great aftertaste .. . damn enjoyable, would have loved a few more glasses!
.. . . Hey shut up or Iíll wham a stool down your throat...ah no no . I donít want that on the card. well, let me hear how it sounds ...nah- take it out, take it out!
djd07 (10518) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Flying Saucer Anniversary Party. Pours a cloudy amber with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong caramel malt and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt and oak with caramel and whiskey with a strong booze finish. A very well done English strong ale from Breckenridge.
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a dark brown cola color and settled a brownish black color. Half finger of white head that went to a decent collar on the sides of the glass. Just touches of spotty lacing.
S-- Burnt toffee, orange peel, salted cashews, oak, and whiskey. Good nose and well balanced with the base beer and the barrel treatment.
T-- English malts really make this stand out. Lots of orange and toffee flavors. Touches of nutmeg. Hops have pretty well faded out and much more like a wee heavy at this point.
M-- A bit on the heavy side. Got a bit over it at the end of sharing this. Maybe needed a bit more carbonation or I should have drank this sooner.
O-- Really well balanced BA beer. Like that it was also a style that works with a touch of a BA treatment. Still got the base beer and still got what the beer was about.
QXR27 (4) - aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first youíre hit by a strong aroma of oak and toasted malts with a hint of chocolate, But this beer keeps on giving. Upon tasting strong oak and earthy hops present themselves. Awesome beer, but not an every day drinker.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Daknolefest shared by AZeagle. Brown pour, tannish head. Lots of bourbon, caramel, some light apple flavors and bready, doughy malts. Flavor is bourbon, caramel and toothpick notes.
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20th anniversary bottle. Shared at a tasting. Aroma is caramel with some whiskey notes. Taste is similar. Not that great, but still happy I got to try it.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla and booze. Not much in the way of whiskey, light green apple. There is a hint of citrus peel and light floral hop aromas. The flavor is sweet and malty with lots of caramel and toffee, light toast, too. There is a bit of oak and vanilla, mild whiskey flavor, and a bit of alcohol.