WillRunForBeer (418) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with GT2. Thanks GT! Something I hope is worthy of my 200th rating. Pours a murky mud brown with just a bit of white head that runs quickly to the edge of the glass. Aroma - wow, this is special! Whiskey, raisin, cinnamon, fig, vanilla oak. On the tongue, so many flavors - I’m getting raisin, oak, fig, then there’s a sour cherry element, like a Monk’s Cafe or a Rodenbach which quickly gives way to tart lemon. There’s something floral, caramel, dark fruit and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Worthy!
VertBaconStrips (2022) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx Sean. Had this while mhammered watching tranny porn in Vancouver last year but way to slammed to review plus I had a plane to miss. This is right out of the bottle. Spectacular aroma. I got hand cream on. Who cares. Aroma kills the taste. Disappointing really. K- back to nose: bah. Smells to good to bother. Exceptional. Die.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super funk and complex beer. Had a newbie friend try this and he said it tasted like dill and hated it. I love how deep the flavors go. You get traces of everything in this. Only complaint is it is so funky and tart that my palate was toast after 12 oz.
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy mahogany. Aroma of wood, wine, whiskey, cherry, caramel, raisin, brown sugar. Flavor of cherry juice, oak, wine, whiskey, brown sugar, citrus. A multitude of flavors. Overall, it is fairly sweet and tart with a woody backbone. Surprising how many flavors are noticeable from the barrel aging without it becoming muddled.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was fairly wowed and intrigued in this one. This one poured a medium murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was all ovre the place, in a good way. it consisted of dark fruit skins, tast raspberry seeds, lemons, oak, caramel, wood, and chocolate. Flavor was light dark fruits, tart even, some chocolate, caramel and toffee, and lots of vanilla and wood notes. Great stuff.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best after 30APR13
I cracked the crown and let it warm up to about 60 degrees. Drunk over the coarse of an hour.
Pours a candied walnut brown with a solid fleeting sheet of peanut foam. Cola clarity. Smell is very, very complex. I’m gonna take a shot, but there is not real logical hierarchy here, just naming as they come: cherry, sherry, pomegranate, grape, oak, smoke, cognac, some leather and the slightest hint of mulling spice. Fuck me, I did not expect this one to taste like this. I really anticipated much more of the sour and fruit I was getting in the nose. Leather, oak, vinous fruit, tawny sugars, aspirin bitterness, alcohol, soft tartness reminiscent of dissident. Really a sincere sipper - just sooo intense. Mouthfeel hits it out of the park, velvety and full with a watery roll and slight carbonation. I think this might be one of the best pairings of feel to total beer concept I’ve encountered, really pristine. The alcohol leaves my entire oral cavity, oropharynx and cheeks warm.
This beer is a sincerely unique experience. I would never serve this to an inexperienced beer drinker, and actually most beer drinkers. This one is profoundly complex, and I would argue too much so for the majority of drinkers (maybe even myself included). It is hard to tell if the beer will merge it’s individual traits and come through with a new beer a year from now, but for right now, this is just sooo insane. I read a review earlier that indicated they’d pay the $20+ for the bomber of this, I would be hesitant, as I would never be able to do a whole bottle of this. I’d even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. It’s just so complex.
Serving type: bottle
OKBeerFan (58) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex and delicious brew! At first catch of the aroma I thought it was going to be a tart sour (obviously the wine barrels). But the taste only has a slight tartness to it. I pick up wine barrel and bourbon barrel. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable.
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Oregon_butcher (60) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red brown color. Off white head, not really any lacing. Smells tart, raisins, woody, alcohol. Tastes like tart fruit, raisens, wine like, wood. Pretty crazy. It's a very interesting and tasty beer.
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oRos (1005) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kenny from capitol beer. Pours dirt water brown. Slight hop aroma. Taste is big on dark fruits and roasted malts with a hearty hop finish.
01Low (4) - Eagleville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Great aged beer. You can taste the wine in this beer and all the complex flavorâ€™s. With only 300 barrels brewed this is a must have for beer enthusiasts. Canâ€™t wait to try next years collage. 01low