CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by wetherel at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a hazy mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with a touch of black cherry tartness. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel maltiness with some raisin and brown sugar complexity before a warming dark chocolatey finish. A pretty good Scotch ale, but could use more peat character.
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBWG 2013. Brown pour with a small khaki head. Rich BA aroma with tons of nuttiness, vanilla, wood, sweet caramels, and a touch of oxidation and apples perhaps. Flavor follows suit. Really glad to try it!
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a fine head, low lacing .. . wonderful aroma of chocolate vanilla, oak, light whiskey, creamy molasses, disney magic, sweet wood, and light fun brown malts.. . a dangerous level in terms of the mouth, full enough to bring in the praise and general enjoyment with a truly easy level of drinking .. . this is great great stuff, lovely aftertaste, finishes like an ace.. . CCB will turn heads with special brews like this... honored to have tried it.. .
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped and waxed. blue wax and cool label. opaque dark brown with loose tan head. bourbon, peat, caramel, and toffee on the nose. creamy medium body with woolly carb. peat, caramel, and bourbon on the mid palate. lingering sweet caramel finish.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Dark cocoa and alcohol aroma with milky honey notes. Dry-sweetish alcoholic grainy sugary marzipan taste with oxidized papery chocolate notes. Mid-to-full body. Dry aftertaste of much the same but emphasizing the cocoa. Nice, but too alcoholic. (0.75l bottle shared by kestral.)
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by kestral. Strong, sweet and spicy. Deceivingly smooth, wonderful complex beer.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared at Derek’s Tasting brought by me. 113 of 204. Pours a murky brownish dark hue, near opaque, some lighter edges with a small frothy tannish head that dies to an ok film, ok lacing. Aromas are touches of orange marmalade, light bitterness, red and dark fruit, raisins, caramel, toffee, rich Bourbon spirit, a touch of heat, vanilla tannins. Sweet, biscuits, brown malts, bread, earthy toffee. Initial is a bit thinned out, a touch metallic moving into red fruit and ark fruit, big toffee and caramel, biscuits, toast. Vanilla, a faint touch of cocoa, very bready and malty with warming bourbon, vanilla tannins. Rich red fruit, cherries and raisins, vanilla, twisted toffee and caramel, biscuits. Fairly sweet with kisses of oaky vanilla, wet wood, and touches of Bourbon spirit. Finish is a bit mellow, a-ok. A bit faded body wise, but tasty, the bases do indeed follow through
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 doesn’t 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 “wow!” beer CCB. I conclude most of my CCB ratings by saying that this brewery is overrated but today is different, I’m simply incapable of being cynical right now because this fantastic beer has put me in a wonderful mood. Rainbows are pretty.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, vanilla, and oak. Medium mouth with brown sugar, caramel, a lot of oxidation but still good.
Sledutah (6042) - 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