Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A fantastic woody, nutty, rich and creamy big brown ale of some kind. Wow!
How: Bottle 750ml.. Consumed when almost two years of age. Bottle from tytoanderso, huge thanks to my man Tyler
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a small persistent beige head
In long: Really enjoyable barrel heavy nose that for once doesnít smell like bourbon. Plenty of earthy oak barrels with notes of walnuts, rich caramel. Mouthfeel is exceptional, full, very creamy and velvety with plenty of very soft bubbles. Taste is sweet course with creamy fudge, walnuts & cashews, smooth caramel, vanilla, wet wood. Despite being a 10%+ BA beer (and a CCB) this beer is anything but aggressive, it is in fact incredibly smooth. All the flavors coexist peacefully and there is no alcohol presence at all. If only the wood could dry out the beer a bit more this would be a masterpiece as only the apparent sweetness prevents me from giving it a masterpiece score. My favorite CCB so far and by far, and it is actually my first and only ďwow!Ē beer CCB. I conclude most of my CCB ratings by saying that this brewery is overrated but today is different, Iím simply incapable of being cynical right now because this fantastic beer has put me in a wonderful mood. Rainbows are pretty.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3000th rating. Bottle 19 of 204. Pours dark brown, almost black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, graham crackers, raisin, dark fruit, toffee, wood and caramel. Medium body.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From my limited notes-Nose was filled with alcohol. Taste was dark fruit and sweet toffee malts.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to daknole as usual! Bottle #82/204 pours red-brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of brown sugar, delhi dates, cocoa powder, hazelnut, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oak, light smoke, roasted malt, and a hint of molasses. Overall body is moderate to full, sweet, and finishes with some nice warming alcohol.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 82/204 generously shared by Dak...WOW!!! Murky burnt chestnut with shades of crimson, garnet, and tangerine straight from Sedonaís Oak Creek. Thin eggshell head. Aroma shows tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and a bit of bourbon. Flavor has notes of vanilla, oak, dark fruit, smoke and chocolate. Still a bit of alcohol but it isnít distracting. Additionally, this brew is quite sweet but isnít at all cloying. Glad I had an opportunity to try this one!!!
Damico (2215) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like sweet malts, almost more brown ale than scotch ale. The beer pours dark brown with a small off white head. The flavor is scotch ale and brown ale blended perfectly, both styles coming out to shine well on a nice body.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bmanning--#24/204. Served in a snifter.
Pours a medium brown color and is actually quite hazy. Really thin tan head, though itís fairly persistent with a touch of lacing. The nose is really quite nice with a lot of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There is a tad bit of bourbon in the background, though not all that much and it really melds in with the other components. As it warms, even more dark fruits make an appearance.
The taste isnít quite as integrated and the sweetness takes over a bit more. There is still a fairly-strong toffee presence with some dates, though itís not as fruity as the nose. I really canít pick out all that much bourbon. The body is medium and is really quite smooth. The alcohol is not really present at all. Even though it was a bit sweet, I found this to be quite drinkable. Thanks again, Ben.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-16-2011
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish brown with a medium tan head. Caramel and toffee notes. Sweet malts. Taste is good but very similar to big sound. Caramel and nuts notes. Palate is good, well balanced and good finish. good heat to it. im very happy to have tried it.
douglas88 (5173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
/Wax dipped bottle number 57/204 thanks to Eric from Boise. 2009 edition. Pours totally black with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet bourbon, oak, and fruit. The flavor is a massive bourbon treatment, earthy oak and dark roasted malts, dry, the scotch ale is dominant here. Very well done.
Sledutah (3651) - Utah, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#27/204, 2009) shared at the tasting, thanks
Appearance: Hazy dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasty, smokey and dark fruits
Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits and vanilla