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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This is a truly unique brew, combining some unusual elements to create a powerful, yet flavorful brew. I brewed a similar beer to this one back in 1998, while I was home brewing out in California. Only this time around I decided to age it in bourbon barrels to add a new element to the already rich sensory profile. The combination of dark malt, elderberries and bourbon barrels makes for an interesting tasting experience. This is a sippin’ beer, so sit back by the fire and enjoy.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1372) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Batch 5 Bottle; Pour is dark brown with ruby highlights into this glass - a modest khaki head initial, with average to poor retention and light lacing present. The nose is light bourbon barrel, berries, dark fruit, caramel, cocoa, and bread. The flavor profile is berry dominant initial, surprising actually. It does balance out a bit with dark malts, bread, bourbon notes, albeit lighter - the mouthfeel is smoother than expected for the style, and the abv is masked fairly well here. It loses something near the finish - but its a nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, berries, dark fruit, a touch of spices, and some booze. T - Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with some vanilla, dark fruit, and berries. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through alongside some more berries and dark fruit and a touch of spices. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramel malts, a bit of spices, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. The bourbon adds some nice complexity around a bit malty base beer.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaelinwa (610) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Trade with Bobertkuekn. Black pour, thick, moderately high head, very nice lacing. Aroma is very light, and very reminiscent of a sour ale. Flavor is lightly sour, not sweet, relatively uncomplex, slightly vinous. Light mouthfeel, but not thin. The alcohol is completely hidden. Very hard to pin this beer down because it really is different from anything I’ve had. Essentially it comes off as a light sour ale, with some subtle notes of wine and oak. Find very little if any bourbon in this. Rating is somewhat low, but I could see warming up to this over time. An interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2010 Vintage. Enjoyed in a wine glass at near fridge temperature.

A - No head at all. Murky plum brown with nice alcohol legs on the swirl.

S - Raisins, figs, brown sugar and other very sweet dark fruits. Maybe dried figs is more close to what this smells like. Small maltiness but not a lot of bourbon as I would expect.

T - Very malty up front. Sort of thick in the malt taste with the middle being the start of a box full of raisins. But there’s this acetic funky lacto sort of taste in the center. It’s unsuprising and not what I was expecting. Finish is oaky, hints of bourbon and some vanilla with a sweet departure of tastes.

M - 15% carbonation on the mouth swish, medium body and funky sweet solidly sippable drinkable finish.

O - This is a great beer. Enjoyable. Solid. Wishing there was a bit more carbonation.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
-- Poured a clear, nearly opaque dark brown. One finger to half finger of light brown head. Good head retention and good lacing associated with this as drinking. Lots of spotty lacing. S-- Did not expect tartness to this at all. Quite odd. Little bit of a sour/ tart smell to this. A bit like a sweet tart. Elderberry evident off the bat and in the back of the nose get touches of bourbon. Grape and bubble gum in the nose as well. T-- More sour and tartness. Grape, bubblegum, oak, bits of bourbon in the back but very soft. Thought a La Chouffe but a sour version of it. Interesting. M-- Light and bubbly, has a very clean, crisp and dry finish to this. Medium feel and medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink really. Once got over the tart smell and taste a pretty easy beer to drink. Alcohol well hidden. O-- Not what I expected but good. Well hidden 12% beer. Rich and full but light. Am guessing the triple fermentation to that. Touches of grape and bourbon make this quite interesting to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1391) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Batch 4 bottle from Josh - thanks! Pours extremely dark brown (nearly black) with a dark tan head that fades out to a slick. Aroma is sour fruit of some type up front with the bourbon and sweet malt, including raisin and perhaps some spice, toward the finish. Taste is an interesting combination of sour (but not infected) fruit with heavier malt, spices, and a clean, but slightly biting bourbon character into the finish. Mouthfeel is light and clean. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5709) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2012
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the wife; 2011 vintage). Looks good; dark with low carbonation and thin lacing (visible after swirling). Smells good too; wood and elderberries with sour notes. Tastes like it smells with bourbon present.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1718) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Ahhhh yes. Was reminded last night that I consumed this year’s back in my basement with after4ever. Batch #1! Big bourbon filled berry nose. Complex all around...elements of bourbon, port, berry, chocolate, dark fruits, and more. Dense and thick. I remember us all oogling over this one and knowing that we could never get anymore. Sounds like they may have done some more batches since though?? One for the books!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (4922) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 11, 2012
Bottle, many thanks coldbrewky. Dark red brown color with huge beige head. Aroma of dark berries, caramel, some flowers, pear, oak. Taste, elderberries, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, wood. Long sour finish. Nice, tasty beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3430) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours a barely translucent deep sable. Aroma has notes of maple syrup and bourbon. Mouth-filling flavor has a sour apple overtone plus caramel, smoky and licorice notes. Body is average but has plenty of fizz.


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