hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jwattsrugger. Thanks John this was a nice treat. Very complex. Hints of bourbon and coffee. Poured almost black with a nice head and lacing.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/10/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours an opaque, almost black brown color with a massive, foamy tan head that slowly recedes to a thick and rocky blanket of uneven lace. The nose is starting to sour. It is likely infected, but still very enjoyable at this point. As I mentioned, there is a sour note on the nose, but there is also a bunch of coffee, creamy milk chocolate, dark roast, and a blend of vanilla and cinnamon that is undoubtedly from the oak. The flavor is a beautiful blend of coffee, both dark and milk chocolate, a good amount of oak, but just a hint of lingering sourness. The body is full and highly carbonated with a super long chocolate and oak finish. Despite the infection setting in, this is still a pretty awesome brew.
AmEricanbrew (6231) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color/ tan head. Vinous, rye, chocolate, vanilla whiskey aromas. smooth mouthfeel with medium viscosity. Very good chocolate, vanilla, red wine, wood, dark rye bread, whiskey flavors-nice barrel brew.
TheEpeeist (3492) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with creamy tan frosting. Nose is chocolate, oak and coffee with sour cherry and smoke. Silky medium body, sticky and warming with a soft tang. Taste is super saturated fig, orange peel and cocoa. Tropical fruit, vanilla and dates fade in and out. An intense flavor explosion.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My latest CCB from fishingnet had some goodies. Thanks, Ben! Pours a luscious dark blackish opaque pour, lush and dark, thick with a moderate darker brown head, dies to a film, laces small. Aromas have a sour cherry tang, moving into rich bourbon spirit, vanilla tannins and wet oak, roasty malts, rye, touches of vanilla, dark fruit, faint peat and some sweeter rich cocoa, and sweet toffee, caramel, and biscuity malts. Some orange marmalade citrus from the Winter Warmer, the Rye Porter falls behind.. The Big Sound adds some nice complexity and strength of flavors. Initial is an infected beer, sour red cherries, touches of vinegar, wet oak and Bourbon spirt. Vanilla, touches of roast with caramel and toffee malts pushing through. Some lingering roast, sweet fudge, the orange marmalade and sweet malts, decent deadened hopping and crisp and slightly oxidized grainy malts show a decent Winter Warmer component. Tartness falls out as I get used to the beer.. But the cherries are still there. Would have loved to have tasted this before infection, but it is still a pretty good beer and blend, perhaps the infection even adds another interesting layer. Overall, I was ok with this.. But it was no uninfected Rurik blend.. That was great. A nice BA beer that seems to have gained an infection, though not for the worse. A good beer, but I think it aspired to be more.. The infection doesn’t make the beer bad, but it does take away from what I think it was supposed to be.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) near black ring of tan bubbles. Nose is mossy, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, alcohol and cherry. Taste is very smokey, cherry, weird combination and some fudge plus moss. Medium body, fudgey linger. Alcohol kick too.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Geiger. Pours a deep dark brown black with a thin lasting head. Aroma is bourbon, medium alcohol burn, fruity esters, plum prune, raisin- light green apple acetaldehyde, toast, burnt wood, vanilla, chocolate, roast. Flavor is lgiht ashy leathery roast, chocolate, burnt notes, bourbon barrel, red grape skins, tannic, burnt leather and paper, apple brandy with more green skins, burnt toffee and sugary sweet in the middle- more barrel, wood, earth and alcohol in the end. Ok.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, Batch #4, courtesy of boomer0813) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, vinous, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, caramel, toffee, and wood.
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle poured a dark black in color with a covering of brown head. aroma has chocolate, barrel wood, fruits, cherry, caramel, and some brown base. mouth feel is medium but it coats well with a bit of carbonation. flavor has molasses, fruit,, brown malt, bourbon, wood,and some funk.
drfabulous (4628) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to smith4498. Complex blend of flavors largely dominated by chocolate, caramel, and cherry tartness. Very interesting and nice even if all that tartness may not be intended.