dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown pour. Caramel, toffee, chocolate malt and brandy aroma. Tasty is chewy toffee, sweet malt, chocolate and touches of brandy. Seems a little too complicated and didn’t blend quite right.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Murky dark brown body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brandy, some bittersweet chocolate, caramel, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, Brandy, caramel. Medium-full body, fairly smooth.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with slight dark ruby edges and a one finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Lots of sweet vinous dark fruit notes supplimenting a medium body, tightly carbonated with hints of prune, raisin, dark fruit and fig. Slight toffee, biscuit and caramel malt notes. Slightly hoppy with a faint dry earthy pine flavor. Long dry finish.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown plum color minimal head. Aroma is sweet, big, fruity, apple, brandy, alcohol and some faint spice. Nice smooth and mellow, delicious.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Snojerk123 at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent dark amber copper with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Aroma of sweet caramel and light fruits with some oaky brandy warmth. Starts with good fullness and rich sweet caramel toffee with some light apple fruity complexity before a warming crisp finish. An enjoyable and complex brew, but could use some time to mellow.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
POurs a very dark brown with hints of ruby, little to no head. Nose is huge brandy, dark fruits, wood, sweet toffee, cherry, hints of oxidation. Flavor is BIG bold sherry and wood notes, sweet caramel and toffee, dark fruits, figs, raisin, prunes, dark cherries, earthy hops. This is amazing. The Apple Brandy barrel treatments are hands down incredible.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rattle ’N’ Hum CCB event. Poured an orangey brown with a small whiteish head. Aroma is loaded with brandy and is a little overpowering, secondary notes of maple syrup, spice, grassy hops and chocolate. The body is on the fuller side with lots of alcohol heat and strong carbonation for a barrel aged beer. The flavor is cloying from sweet apple brandy and has hints of vanilla, syrup and spice. Despite the heat this one made for a nice complex sipper to slow me down during a marathon rating day.
BeerFanDan17 (948) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich apple brandy flavors throughout. Nice mouthfeel, but not overly special.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 1Qt growler @Tampa Wkly Gathering @BT-pours an off white ring for a head and mahogany color. Aroma is brandy, spice, medium malt. Taste is sweet, brandy, spice, medium malt, some hops bite, alcohol.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CCB. Poured a deep hazy brown with a thin beige head. The nose is malty with strong notes of apple and brandy and lesser notes of brown sugar, caramel, and spice. Medium to full body with a smooth mouth feel. The flavor is apples, brown sugar, vanilla and some spice. Finishes with a good amount of warming alcohol. Good.