parktravis (10) - - JAN 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nicely aged for 20 months. Smooth boozy flavor. Finishes with a tart to sour note. Deep brown color.
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber orange color, virtually no head, lace, retention. Aroma is sour wood, caramel, vanilla, oak, somewhat jamlike. Medium to full body, quite sweet, moderate to low sourness. Pretty nice stuff.
Borresteijn (4574) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35cl Bottle, thanks for saving this gem Harmen! Iím surprised not to see HotD in the name of the beer btw. Slightly hazy deep ruby amber/brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, vinous, red fruits like cherries/strawberries/raspberries, light tartness, made me think of a bourbon barrel-aged Flemish brown, quite complex. Flavour is light-tart, malty, red fruits, oak, vanilla, some spirit sharpness, wine, tart-bitter finish with some alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff, even after Old Rasputing and KBS.
Anova167 (281) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown pour with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma of candied fruits, alcohol, molasses. Flavor of raisins with a oaky background. A bit funky and sour cherry. Kind of a hot somewhat short finish with a semi-thin mouthfeel.
WillRunForBeer (569) - 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 - Iím getting raisin, oak, fig, then thereís a sour cherry element, like a Monkís Cafe or a Rodenbach which quickly gives way to tart lemon. Thereís something floral, caramel, dark fruit and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Worthy!
VertBaconStrips (2063) - 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 (775) - 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 (4236) - 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 (1481) - 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. Iím 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 Iíve 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 itís 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 theyíd 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. Iíd even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. Itís just so complex.
Serving type: bottle