GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Justin for this bottle shared with some ATL folks.
The bottle popped with a fairly aggressive pop and proceeded to flow out the top of the bottle a little bit. The pour is black with a massive bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar
The aroma is good with tons of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco, leather m,sweet fruits and coffee. The only issue is that there is a definitely sourness that pervades from the very beginning. Nothing overpowering, but enough to notice.
The taste is excellent and I get none of the sourness from the nose. Itís dominated by the charred black malts from the stouts and the candied fruit of the old ale. Throw in the chocolate, espresso, bourbon and tobacco and youíve got quite a tasty brew.
The mouthfeel is bothersome as itís damn-near effervescent, which is certainly overdone for this style.
The taste really salvages this beer for me. Itís excellent in that regard, but something tells me thereís an emerging issue with this one. Iím definitely glad I opened it when I did as I canít imagine this particular bottle getting better.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing bro! Pours a rich, dark, brown color with medium light brown head. Aroma is of notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is chocolate, light vanilla, dark fruits, notes of bourbon and wood. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is light and lively. Not a bad beer but again, none of the CCB beers are living up to the hype for me, unfortunately.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Dan! I have to say, out of the three CCB beers that I got, this would have to be my favorite........but that isnít saying much. This is heavily on the RIS side, with some nice caramel and vanilla maltiness going on. I have to be honest.......kinda passed out after this so Iím not giving it the greatest of comments, but WTF. I need to keep track of them somehow!
MeadMe (1472) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 A: Pours a nice deep black with a tight tan head. Lite retention and some spotty lace.
S: Aromas of char, mild booze, chocolate, and caramel lead the way. Mild barrel character with hints of vanilla and coconut.
T: Love the taste of this one. Not much Bourbon character left in the barrel but still plenty of oak. The base zhukov really stands out and provides lots of roast and chocoalte. The winter warmer provides enough candy like sweetness to provide balance. The mild barrel makes this one pretty enjoyable.
M: On the full side of medium in body, smooth.
D: Good one of the more drinkable BA brews.
50belair (2967) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50/204. This bad boy pours black with a tan head. The bouquet is heavy and loaded with malt, dark fruits, and cocoa. The taste is really complex with different flavors pirouetting all over the place. Itís earthy with big bourbon, fig, raisin, smoke, and vanilla notes running the show. I would love to taste this manimal again after letting it cellar for about a year..
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, #110/204, into CCB snifter.
A - Pours black, light tan-colored head. Thereís a nice ring around the glass and some head remains on top as the cap.
S - I get a majority of Winter Warmer, orange liquer-esk nose, lots of hot alcohol. I can get some of the brandy Hunahpuís but not any of the Zhukov.
T - This is where this one shines. Not near as hot as I was expecting, which is great. Nice bourbon notes from the Buffalo Trace barrels, chocolate (both milk and dark), apples, oranges, vanilla, oak/barrel, cinnamon. Anyway, I could probably go on here, but I wonít. Very complex for such a young beer with very little alcohol hotness. Impressive.
M - Full bodied, rich and smooth, semi-dry finish.
D - I had two snifters worth and was very satisfied. We split the bottle three ways and killed it. This beer is excellent, and I imagine in a year or so, itís going to get even better.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Campeador Rurik, bottle 110 out of 204. Thanks to Sean for bringing
this by... Pours a deep mocha pour, not too thick, with reddish brown
edges and a thin khaki head... Aroma of fruity unripened fruit and
bourbon with more of an emphasis on the winter warmer... Flavors are a
continuation of the same with the bitter fruity notes of the winter
warmer which pair with some subtle burnt wood aspects coming from
Zhukov. Some appliness from the brandy barrel and some form of
combination of winter warmer. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation
and some liveliness.. doesnít seem consistent to what others have mentioned.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Joe @ Sour Slam! Pours a deep deep brown/black. Nose is roasted malts, molasses, coffee, bourbon and dark cherry. Flavor is vanilla, wood, subtle bourbon, hints of coffee and heavy roast. Beauty.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL). Pours a deep, dark menacing black color with a creamy dark tan head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, sweety goodness. Flavor is more of the same with some stronger bourbon notes, vanilla, and a lightly smoky note. Full body with a pleasing boozy finish. Wish there was more of this beer to go around.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big big thanks to Phil for sharing some of this with me. The aroma was big and robust with flavors of chocolate,vanilla,spice,caramel. As the beer warms up you really get the up front, knock you in the face aroma of everything. The taste was probably the smoothest CCB Iíve had. Sat very well on my tongue with a good amount of carbonation. I could taste it 5 minutes after my first sip, needless to say it was heavenly.