BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hopscotch, mucho thanks! Pours a muddy medium brown hue with a quickly fading head and spotty lace. Get plenty of apple brandy on the nose with intense fruit, vanilla, oak and booze along with more than a fair share of caramel and toffee, some bready and leathery esters too. The taste is sweet but not overly sweet thanks to the apple twang and boozy nature of the brew. Earthy and displaying that "CCB tobacco overtone" this beer showcases medium dark malts fully. There is a slight minty note as well. The mouth feel is oily but not as sticky as one may expect, lightly (perhaps even under) carbonated. A bit metallic on the finish. Overall I like this beer more than the scores would indicate and would easily try it again if given the chance.
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle- thanks craig! .. . pours a dark chestnut .. low solid head, lacing is awesome .. . mild barrel, cooking chcolate, light whiskey, and sweet muddled cereal dried bits .. . pretty good but was expecting a lot more! .. . . the sun can be rather a dick..
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank at thirdeye11’s birthday party. Very excited to try this one.
The beer pours a brownish color. The aroma is full of brandy, with some nice caramel and toffee thrown in. The flavor is ridiculously complex. I get a lot of apple and brandy notes, as well as some brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. There is also some oak and a hint of vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very worthy beer for rating No. 3,500.
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a richer hazed brownish pour, good haze, with frothy brownish deep hazy pour. Richer tannish head dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are rich brandy nose, oak and vanillla, gentle oak, spirit, apple fruit. Intial is richer oak, spirit, some carmelization. Some toasty elements, richer apple spirit, oak, vanilla. Some toast, toffee, and vanilla. Middle offers some apple, toffee, spirit. Backend is dryness, taninns. Gentle apple, oak. Finish is oak, gentle heat, firm carmelized and sweeter malt body. Vanilla, oak, the apple element firmly comes in. This wasn’t bad, less dark fruit emphasis than the regular Cognac version, a touch lighter in punch and intensity though. Solid. I probably liked this a bit more, though I’d say the Cognac was a more impressive beer, richer and more complex.
thirdeye11 (5555) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 (750ml) cloudy medium brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is so rich, sherry, raisin, caramel, date, endless complexity, vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, caramel, sherry/brandy, big barrel, amazingly delicious. Creamy finish, lasting, almost no hint of alcohol whatsoever.
b3shine (5493) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a cloudy brown with thin light beige head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells good too; sweet malt, vanilla, and brandy. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel that’s exceptionally smooth. Incredible!
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a hazy dark caramel brown color with a medium sized off colored beige head. The aroma and flavor have decadent sweet caramel, brown sugar, barrel notes, apple brandy and vanilla. Thick mouth feel and a sipper for sure. What a treat.
BoBoChamp (5480) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, sweet/alcoholic and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Vinny, Frank, Alen and Bill. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin off white head and minor lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, caramel, sweet barley & malt, light cocoa, and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly silky. The alcohol suggested in the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste - making this beer extremely drinkable despite it’s high alcohol content. Notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, apple brandy, oak and a light spice. Very nice.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to starrdogg for opening this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. The nose carries a pretty strong aroma of apple brandy with some nice sweetness coming from that. Malty sweetness with faint fruit and caramel comes behind that. Flavor is a bit too barrel heavy, but still quite nice. A bit of booze, but not too much for a 13.5% beer.