M82 (86) - Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz best after 4/30/13 @ 60º into 15.25oz Spiegelau Soiree Cognac snifter; mahogany body supporting a 1" slightly desaturated light khaki tightly structured head with a few large bubbles, falling to a hardy ring, thin islands, and a few peninsulas of lace; a flood of complexities, bright funky acidic barnyard opens the show, caramel, coffee, leather, smoke, chocolate create a base for dried light and dark fruit, vinous layers, bourbon, toasted oak building through the drink, seamless characteristics mingling and evolving within a silky medium body leaving a thin stickiness and building warmth, caramelly coffee layers and sour bourbon notes linger for some time; interesting and exceptional
tcane7 (807) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep murky brown with thin khaki head that quickly dissipates and nice waves of lace. Nose of vanilla, oak, sour cherries, caramel, bourbon and sherry. Taste follows the aroma with additional notes of anise. Lightly tart, a little boozy, with a nice oaky finish.
thomas15 (521) - USA - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking this 8 days early like a lush. Aroma is intricate mix of tannic berries and wood. Dark liquor expresses itself too. Bourbon, cognac, red wine, sherry, and wood. Ligt tan head a top a dark red brown body. Good lacing. Dissident seems to come through most, cherry, wood, but prominent vanilla. For how complex the aroma still is, the taste has really merged. Slightly boozy. Tart and slightly sour. Certainly an interesting and above average beer but seems like too much work, too much cost. If money is no object, great beer.
joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back log. Enjoyed at a tasting with some local beer buddies. Solid beer with a dried fruit aroma. Caramel and vanilla notes. Tasty little delight.
Well done, Deschutes...
MotherBrother (550) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour deep nutty/reddish brown with a small off-white fizzy head.
Aroma is packed with rains, prunes, slight leather, bourbon, some pinot noir barrel?, wood, caramel, slight vanilla perhaps, grape skin, whiskey- butterscotch. Really is quite complex, with plenty of layers of wood. Quite enjoyable.
The taste is quite sweet upfront, with some slightly boozy and hot bitter notes at the end. A rather long aftertaste.
Medium bodied, with a surprisingly fizzy carbonation. I quite like this, and a big thanks to Tom for sending me this as an extra... Hell Yes.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from RR Street. Pours ruddy dark brown with ruby hints and minimal head. Nose is oaky, pruney, raisin, figgy fruit. Tastes of oaky fruit, cherry, tannins, vanilla, with a spirity hot finish. Complex and an enjoyable libation.
Torontoblue (48) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a Best After Date of 30th April 2013 - Huge aromas of raisin, brown sugar, Bourbon, very fragrant red wine notes with the oak really punching through. I could sniff this all day long!
Beer pours a cloudy Rosewood colour with zero head; no lace, no nothing. Sourness and tart vinous flavours dominate but there is also a pleasant fruity taste, leading to a woody, oaky & soured long finish.
A big, complex ale that really does need to age to bring everything together.
Scopey (3243) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @Bruce’s. It pours deep amber-brown with a small off-white head. The nose is wood, over-ripe fruit, raisin, faint tang, honey, maple syrup and toffee apple. The taste is wood, maple, toffee apple, some alcohol, vinous, pear, earth and light balsamic vinegar. Moderate carbonation and fine carbonation. Pretty big, but still pretty interesting and tasty stuff.
olr1984 (285) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Dark amber pour with slight tan head. Wine and bourbon barrel aroma. Cherry acidic taste with vanilla oak finish. Very good beer.
BelgBeerGeek (1263) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Dennoman
Head: small, biege
Colour: dark hazy amber
Smell: flemish red, booze, clearly aromas fo both Fred and Dissident
Taste: a little too boozey upfront but with a bit of age this would be a perfect sipping or dessert beer ! awesome !