ACHops (1030) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Deschutes in PDX. Pretty sure this is the first of their reserve series not in a 22oz bottle, which makes me wonder if HotD did the actual bottling... Pours cloudy burgundy red with a thin lacey head. Aroma is huge sour cherries, bourbon, and oak. Taste is a sharp sour pucker up front, followed by sweet roasty malts. Strong cognac and rye notes on the finish. The alcohol is big and warming. Whew. Lots going on here. Take your time and let this open up. Obviously this needs some aging, recommended right on the bottle not to drink until 5/2013 - but I had several bottles and couldn’t help myself. Previous comment that this is a blend of a sour and barleywine pretty much nails it. With some age the harsh liquor notes should mellow and hopefully blend with the sour flavor a bit better.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from DalzAle about 4 or 5 years ago, thanks Greg! Shared with illini08. This one has aged nicely. Medium brown pour with a decent, lasting head in spite of little carbonation. Aroma is slightly tart and woody. Flavor has notes of sour cherry/berry, oak, toffee and hints of tobacco and leather. I’ve never had Stoic, but can definitely pick out notes from the other three beers which make up this gem. Beers like this make me glad I’m still a Beer Knurd.
AirForceHops (4995) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz.mbottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Label reads Best After 4/30/2013. Yep we are go with that date!! Hazy caramel color without much head. Aroma is sour oak, vinegar and sour grain.
Flavor has a huge oak profile that has the notes of cognac and rye whiskey the labels speaks about. Base of the beer has strong malt with dark fruits (raisins, dates) with a syrupy texture that becomes dry from the large amount of oak. No sour notes is a huge plus for me. This is pretty nice.
Chalumeaux (567) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer. Pours medium brown amber with little carbonation. Aroma of cherry dark fruit oak and malty bread. Taste is smooth abv is hidden but you can feel the bourbon with a nice slightly sour finish.
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium brown deep amber color. Aroma is toasted malts, molasses, caramel, dark fruits. Flavor is thick, syrupy, oak, very complex. Interesting beer.
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost no carbonation at all, virtually still. This is like an aged barleywine. Lots of cherry aroma. Oak, vanilla, and raisin. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. The bourbon is in there, which brings it down for me. Just a sherry barrel, that could have been something amazing. Nevertheless a great beer with complexity and good flavor.
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Lubiere. Dark copper with a thin reddish tinged tan head. Figs, honey, oak, boozy, burnt toffee, warming. High carbonation and moderate body, somewhat tart, light vanilla, enjoyable.
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy amber brown with a ring beige head. Aroma is very Hair of the dog upfront, big overripe dark fruit notes, oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet. Light full bodied with very soft carbonation.
deanso (7196) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of and shared with Podjebier.
Almost no head. Hazy dark amber pour. Lots of barrel notes. Very good
kevinator (1546) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, this was bold. Strong aroma of wood, sweet malt and whiskey. Nice dark brown bread color with minimal head. Full and smooth palate with a sharpness at the finish. Very complex flavors of dark malts, biscuit, oak, molasses and a blend of whiskey.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straight malt sweetness then biscuit then bitter hoppiness aromas come from this hazy brown viscous brew with a small beige head. The taste is malty and bitter back and fourth till the swill is. Then a tartness and oakieness come out then back to bitter with this one. It's full bodied and packs a punch.