HonusWagner (1115) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Newest winner of the prize "worst beer I have ever tasted". Aroma is rotten vegetables, bourbon, and more acetone than the local MAC shop. Eye-watering, stomach-churning. Taste is even worse, sour vegetables, sickeningly sweet toffee, boozy bourbon. All of this carried on a body like Dimetapp, pure syrup, no carbonation. Disgraceful beer, the fact that this was bottled and sold is a fucking horrible sign for the QC at Dark Horse. This is the kind of money grabbing bullshit that should be reserved for the AB-Inbevs of the world.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Reddish brown colored beer. Not much head at all. Dark fruits, berries, sourness is a tad muted. Muddled and really not so good.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured deep brown with a hint of amber/head with no head. A bit flat. Nose had vinous oak, dark cherries, vinegar, and chard grains. Similar notes came through in the flavor. Some acidity and mild tartness. Toasted grains and dark cherry flavors were prominent. Some oxidized notes, but that worked ok here. I actually enjoyed this along with my couple buddies I shared it with. I was expecting a total drain pour but instead this wasnít too bad to sip on.
Mora2000 (5303) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this. Bottle 316 from batch 1826. Deep red with a tan head. The aroma has some oak, molasses and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar with a lot of oak, maple and vanilla, as well as some alcohol and molasses. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
wmubronco1992 (581) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #841 of 1440, batch#1826 purchased at DH general store the weekend after the Winter Warmer release party. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Big bourbon aroma. No head as expected. Sweet flavor of cherries and other dark fruits. Maybe a little chocolate to add to the smoothness. Iím not a sour fan and wasnít really expecting to love this, but I didnít pick up any sourness. Mine was sweet, big, and rich. Must be some story behind this. My bottle was fantastic, but the reviews are all over the board. Assuming that there wasnít great consistency. Some of those who rated this low definitely didnít drink the same thing that I did.
fattybladdy (415) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from the General Store, batch #1826. Pours a flat deep dark red, very thin in texture. Aroma is strong with dark fruit - plum and fig, and very heavy on booze. Taste backs this up, with the alcohol standing out, coupled with tart red fruit, most notably cherry and plum, not much sourness, and some heat from the booze. The taste is a bit of a disappointment for such a great aroma, but not nearly as bad as the ratings would make you expect. Overall not bad to sip on.
brystmar (1073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like vinegary olives, booze, and detergent. What the fuck. Taste makes me cringe, as I try to parse the molasses and vinegary fruit. Yuck.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Sweet malts, old close to rotten dark fruits, toasted grains, and a weird, almost oxidized finish. Some times experiment go good, sometimes they go bad, but this one went just ok.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared by a kind soul at the the Tampa Weekly Tasting. Pours a murky amber with an off-white head. Nose is big nail polish remover and slight toffee and a mild fruity plummy presence. Flavor is similar with plum, toffee, huge nail polish, and some booze. Medium in body and way off kilter.
jtclockwork (6881) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at 5K/10K/4K tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, soured dark fruit, wood, wine barrel and velvet. Medium body.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jamesís 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a deep ruby garnet with no head. Big oxidization and sweet old malt. Medium bodied, smooth and malty, lots of old oxidization, very, very, very light hints of tartness. Not sure if I get anything sour or acidic, but definitely old and oxidized. Chewy malt. Very tasty, but not so much sour.