Ontbeertaster (2361) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is woody, taste is nice, it definitely has lots of apples, got lots of tastes of oak and woody notes, its really quite enjoyable. good stuff.
HeadyDE (635) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour from 2012 purchased at brewery..slight gusher upon opening..aroma is noticeable immediately..once slight mess is cleaned up..pours a golden yellow..hue..liking the active carbonation..nose is got all kinds of action with some noticeable tropical aroma from the hops as stated..pineapple..dried fruit..has some champagne...hard cider and brandy character intertwined..mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy and smooth..hides the high abv well at start..taste includes vanilla..cream soda qualities..the apple jack brandy it was aged in..leaves a lingering kick in the mouth from the apple brandy barrel that coats the entire palate and provided just the right mix of warming presence with a bit of heat..quite complex and damn right this pairs well with apple pie..very enjoyable....
djd07 (6612) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. The aroma is a strong oak and apples. Medium mouthfeel with strong apple spice and malt with very boozey finish. Good.
merc7186 (2706) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Golde Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Boozy, Mild Apples, Mild Yeast, Mildly Spicy
T: Apples, Buttery, Brandy, Boozy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Boozy, Semi Cloying
Overall, it has a definite presence of apples and the brandy barrels but that 12% packs a lot of punch and is definitely there to let you know it packs a punch too. Glad to have tried but probably wouldn’t revisit.
wchesser (1573) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2013. Gold with good carbonation. Nose of rotting granny smith apples and booze. Apple funk, rustic earthiness, cheap brandy. Underdelivered for me.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice gold with white head. Has a very subtle aroma of malt and hops. Goes down smooth with
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Churchkey. Pours clear gold to orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit and honey malt, perfume and citrus hops, pear and apple esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, supporting malt, light alcohol, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy pour yellow with white head. Strong fruit aroma. Taste is fruit s hops sugars and a dry cider. Very good beer.
mnmike (1074) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recent bottle in a trade. Light coloring that surprises with the strong brandy and apple tones.
umich03jm (2991) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from trade with blklab2007. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a foamy head lingers nicely. Aroma is tropical fruit, apples, and brandy. Taste starts off nicely with a light apple sweetness and some tropical fruit. Then the apple brandy barrel flavor just takes over. Finishes kinda hot. Not smooth at all and it’s a struggle to finish my glass. I think the barrel is just too strong for this base beer. Not my kinda beer.