harrisoni (14990) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Fonefan room Borefts 4. Thanks Ken. Clear brown colour lasting beige head. Lots of wood on aroma. Some toffee some bourbon. Thats big and hot. Pretty unsubtle. Bit big. Too much alcohol. Bit big
cgarvieuk (17007) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
botle at de molen ... dark copper ... thin tan lacing ... peaty woody ... lightest smoke nose... big big alcohol... im tasting the mix but tasting all the big barrels ... maybe soft toffee fruit backbone
OldMrCrow (2141) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Bottle.
On the positive side: Beautiful ruby brown pour, with glowing highlights and a limited head. So beautiful. Tons going on in the aroma: apricot and cherry, aged hops, bourbon, toffee. Beautiful flavor that brings out both the toffee and the sour fruit with cherry, ruby-red grapefruit finish. Alcohol fairly forward but still hard to sip slowly, very smooth albeit with a slight burn very late. Delicious, delicious beer. I wonder whether it would age well. 9/4/9/4/16
On the negative side: $12.99 for an 11 ounce bottle? I’m not sure it’s worth it even for a beer this good. Too many Belgian competitors below this price point.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Man is one pretty complex. The aroma is a mix between sour, chocolate, woody oak and tartness. Flavor is a tad boozy but the sour-ness still comes through, which I was hoping it would. A definite sipper for sure.
MattH (660) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong aroma of cherry, whiskey and oak. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, though the cherry stands out more in the aroma. Pretty complex and should be sipped, though you could drink it quickly without a problem.
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks, Alex. Pours amber, with an off white head. Aroma is malt, brandy, wine, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt, fruit, brandy, whiskey, alcohol, and caramel. Medium body.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. First sniff is all sorts of barrels and old adam. Old Adam is awesome. Flavor is fun, a bit of old adam, all sorts of barrels, a raisin punch from the fred, some cherry sourness from the dissident. Finished a touch sweet, no aggressive oak tannins from all of the barrels. My only real complaint is this tasted like a beer suicide. It certainly wasn’t a bad one though.
Nuffield (3802) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a tremendous beer. I am typically skeptical of mashups of this nature, especially the merits of using so many different types of casks. But there is such quality going into it--I know Fred and Adam but maybe I’ll have to try the Dissident and Stoic, too--the result is fortunately at least no worse than they started with. And it is probably improved by at least some of the cask aging (did they need all six). Great vanilla and woody notes, some bouncy fruitiness, and a warming sweetness--definitely a nice finish. Tremendous beer. (bottle at the Ale Jail backyard beer festival, 2012)
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Clearish mahogany with a small, spotty, light beige head. Aroma of cherries, fruity bourbon, oak and toffee. Flavor is sweet malt, fruity esters, oak tannin, hot bourbon and a slight sourness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very interesting beer, has lots going on but manages to come together fairly well. I wish Deschutes would have put Abyss and Mirror Mirror in this instead of Stoic and Dissident though.
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A clear amber/light brown colored beer, with a beige head. the aroma of vanilla, wood and dark fruits. The taste of vanilla, dark fruits, notes of wood. Hints of alcohol and a little spices. The aftertaste of vanilla sweet, some spices. A little burny of the alcohol.