maley1 (552) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish orange pour with small off white head. Aroma of red wine, caramel, ripe fruit. Taste of red wine, oak barrel, green grapes, caramel, ripe fruit... just lots going on. Flavours all blended better together as it warmed, becoming creamier mouthfeel. Red wine and fruity flavors jumped out more as it warmed and the barrel aging mellowed. Interesting beer, a little pricy though.
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is murky maple-syrup brown with a thin, single-bubble-layer of light tan foam. Aroma is large toffee malt with notes of leather, brandy-soaked fruit, light alcohol, and faint pepper. Hints of liquor and sweet malt dominate. Flavor is bourbon, wine notes, and other un-named liquors throughout. Pretty hard to put a finger on what barrel I am tasting, but the red wine notes come through fairly distinctly. Also a sweet caramel malt finish. Mild alcohol in the flavor as well. There is a lot going on here. I like it, but itís hard to put your finger on. The good news is that at 11 dollars for a 12oz bottle, I think it either cures or prevents Syphilis .
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an aroma. Strong fruity notes mixes with old paint and alcohol. In a good way. A fairly cloudy orange-brown appearance. not too heady. the only real drawback to this beer. Also some strong molasses barleywine characters in the aroma. The flavor of this is excellent. Fruity and molasses with some chewiness. In a way the flavor really mimics the aroma, but without the hard alcohol taste. Great stuff, but a couple points off for the super high price.
jonesing4beer (1) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From bottle. Pours a nice dark amber, get a lot of oak and wine smells, overall a really good beer would like to have it again.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear light brown pour with an off white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Wow, this is a confusing beer. I think i can taste some of the dissident. A little too muddled for me with big booze notes....
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with beige head. Deep aroma of dried fruit, charred oak, red wine. Flavors of prunes, sherry and citrus fruit. Medium bodied, slight carbonation. Dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Canít wait to drink this again next year.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky chestnut color, thick beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake, with mixed spices and fruit. Taste is sweet raisin bread, dates, prunes, spice. Very nice.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, BA 04/30/13, courtesy of Dixonian) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of passion fruit, barnyard, mustiness, vinous, chocolate, and Spree candies. Flavor of vinous, cherry, brett, vanilla, and caramel with a moderately dry oak finish.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Petaluma Market. Pours a murky, golden-brown color; thin, off-white head that soon fades. Lots of dried dark fruits, cherries, warming ethanol, sharp barrel character, and vibrant berries in the aroma. Medium-full to full body, with significant viscosity; warming barrel character and alcohol for sure: charred oak, overt ethanol, layers of fruitiness and fruit leather, with hints of cola, smoke, vanilla, acetic... you name it. Deliciously layered, but messy overall and somewhat less than the sum of its parts. The additional barrel character is rather sharp. Lasting, red-fruit finish with a bit of toastiness and residual warmth.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Sour and bourbon aroma with red wine and sweet malt. Sour and bourbon flavor with malt and light caramel. Medium bodied. Sour and bourbon lingers with malt and caramel.