Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. About 18 months old at this point. Pour is clear crimson amber with a small cream-colored head that quickly dissipated. Aroma brings notes of dark cherries, toffee, rich caramel, bread, vinous notes, a hint of oak, prunes, and just the lightest hint of grass. Taste is dark fruits, toffee, plums, red grapes, big wood, brown sugar, and dates with a lightly bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The alcohol is hidden beautifully and this one has HotD written all over it. Nice stuff.
Ernesto987 (3027) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly hair of the dog which is great, molasses oaky and tart, extremely complex
umich03jm (1315) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from michaelinwa. Thanks! Pours a murky dark orange-brown color with a small head that quickly to a small ring. Complex aroma. Red wine, whiskey, sour cherries, prunes, vanilla, oak, leather and toffee. Taste is very sweet but not sugary or cloying. The booziness and red wine feel help to balance the sweetness. Nothing overpowers here, great use of different barrels that surprisingly balance out well. The sourness is subtle which is great for me. Slight vinegary finish with some whiskey. Fairly dry too. Thick body, mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Very unique beer and a great sipper. Glad I got to try this.
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aged approximately 14 months, maybe, lost count. Murky opaque brownish like a fuzzy belgian dubbel, with a very thin white head. Aroma is wonderful indeed, with notes of oak, vanilla, birchwood syrup, deep boozy raisin, a bit of something juicy like candied pineapple, and deep boozy caramel malt. Flavor is bright and boozy and amazing. Lovely tones of syrupy wood mixed with vanilla and boozy red wine and whiskey notes, featuring lots of hot plum esters, caramel earthiness, a little young whiskey, and a sweet peach-y fruitiness on the end that is slightly bitter. Wow-wee what a delightful and intricate brew.
ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is fairly oaky with some bourbon notes. Lots of malt with caramel and dark fruit. Light smokiness and roast with some toasted bread aroma. Fruit is prunes and figs along with some cherry.
Pours a dark murky brown with a thin light tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is pretty nice. Starts with a some sweet dark fruit - raisin, fig, plum and cherry. The fruit has a background malt character of caramel and toasted bread with a hint of roast. Finish has oak and bourbon, a medium low bitterness and some dark fruit along with a hint of tartness. There are also some burnt dark Candi sugar flavors. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low but noticeable astringency and medium alcohol warmth. As it warms it becomes more fruity.
Overall a better beer than I remembered this being a year ago. The fruit is starting to integrate nicely with the darker malts and high alcohol content. Its still fairly sweet which will hopefully become a bit muted.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botle from Total wine Tucson. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Mostly red wine notes on the nose. Robust, rich Chardonnay and oak notes on the tongue. Very smooth, hides itís alcohol well. This is a beer to be luxuriated over.
48FanInCali (614) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from 2012. About 15 months on it. Ruby maple pour with some off white head that fades quickly. Nose is all over the place with tart cherries, toffee, grapes, sweet malt, barrel, and wine. Taste really follows the nose which doesn't follow anything. Heavy vinous qualities. Although this is all over the place I find it to be quite good. It sort of reminds me of a "suicide" when I was a kid. When you take a cup at 7-11 and fill it with a little of every kind of soda.
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Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best after April 2013, so its a good time to try. More sour and alcohol doesnít show at 12%. Rich brown colour with lace lines. Nose of Cherry and lots of wood, and spice, and of cognac. Middling mouthfeel. This is a sipper.
kryon (1032) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy red brown with low to no head
A lovely aroma of cherries, bretta, raspberries, almost acidic
Palate is very nice. Good mixture between sourness and creamy mouthfeel. However a bit to vinuous.
Taste has cherries, leather, tobacco, caramel
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krumbum (286) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky reddish orange color. Smells of dried fruits raisins and figs. Taste of sweetness, Thick and syrupy that was fades deliciously.