j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. Pours a hazy murky brown with a thin tan head. Smooth, fruity, wood and a touch of booze. Spicy wood, generous malt and subtle sweetness. Finishes up with a light warming alcohol.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, courtesy SoLan. The pour yields a lightly hazy, dark, crimson to reddish-brown body. A thin tan film with a skinny ring at the edge leaves behind sugary sheeting and microspot lace. The aroma shows a decadent blend of burnt toffee, caramel, fudge, and dates, with complimentary notes of raisins and hazelnuts. Scents of apple and vanilla are imparted by the barrel, while a little bit of hop character offers some countering earthiness to the nose. Flavors too are sweet and decadent, yet decently balanced, with notes of caramel coated apples showing up front and hints of roasted cocoa and earth coming through on the back end. The barrel provides the perfect compliment of vanilla. Thinned only slightly from that of the base beer, the mouthfeel is medium-full, slick, and appropriately lightly carbonated. Soft alcoholic warmth shows on the velvety finish. Delicious brew.
tgncc (2617) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is brandy, fruit, roasted malt. The appearance is a deep brown, red hue, tan head. The flavor is beautiful. chocolate, malt, bread, brandy, light fruit - NICE!! Now, it resembles an Old Ale. (Actually, the base beer was the same, the flavor was much nicer than the aroma.) The finish is a mild hop bittering, citrus, sweet, boozy warming. Excellent job on this one.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler… Clear, very dark, ruby ale – when held up to light – with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Malty, fruity, vinous aroma. Full-bodied and oily with tickling carbonation. The flavor is of sweet cotton candy, toffee and brandy. Sweet, boozy, warming finish. I’m not as big a fan of brandy barrel aged beers as I am of the Scotch, red wine and bourbon barrel variety.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Justin and Greg for sharing! Nice looking pour, almost like the brandy that’s added to the WW. Super intense nose, one dimensional and proud of it. Slick and sweet malts complemented really well by the booze of choice. Nice dusky ale at the base, with mild spices emerging here and there. Mouthfeel a bit thin but the flavor’s very enjoyable, with long woody notes seeming to bring out the brandy in a really pleasant and warming way.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark thick pour. Thin off white head. Aroma is apple pie and oak. Flavor is vanilla, brandy, oak, brown sugar, nutmeg and caramel. Really solid stuff
emacgee (3808) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a frothy light tan head. Nose is big and sweet, rich, warm alcohol, caramel, fruity, malty. Flavor is sweet and rich, fruity, some pineapple, strong, mild astringency. Palate is viscous and shows some alcohol.
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with deep amber tones showing through. Nice tall brown head with nice retention and excellent lace.
S: Lots of brandy, fresh oak, and brown sugar sweetness. The barrel dominates, but is complimented by the sweetness.
T: Very nice use of the barrel. Like Brandy Barrel beers and this is a tasty one. Lots of malt sweetness up front. Brown sugar and caramel stand out. Deeper sugary tones of molasses can be picked up as well. Sweet dark fruits with light hints of apple. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle. It plays well against the sweetness. Lots of oak with hints of nice brandy booziness.
M: On the fullers side of medium. Rich, smooth, sweet.
D: Enjoyed sipping on several glasses of this one. Glad I took one for the road.
DScanlon (70) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks to Teege. Pours a dark, red, minimal head. Aromas of the apple brandy are the most apparent, some sweet dark malts, molasses. Similar in taste, the apple brandy really really dominates, and not in a bad way at all. Some spice and oaky-ness as well. I dig it.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Cigar City. pours a translucent cloudy brown with hints of purplish amber in the light. incredible nose. lots of apple wood, almost a little smoky, hints of boozy brandy with a dark malt background. fairly sweet flavor. Very smooth despite the boozy nose, which comes forth with just a hint of bite in the finish. Excellent beer from excellent brewers.