Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Owl. Massive thanks to Doodler. Pours clear deep brown; thin off-white head, poor lacing. Nose is just stunning: candy, barrel, tart notes, root beer, cherry bark, holy Christ is this amazing! Flavoursof deep fruit caramel cherry bark, and so very much more. Just a phenomenal brew.!
JStax (1671) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to robloc303. Thanks man! Poured into my newly acquired Deschutes teku. Pours a darker copper to amber with no head. Aroma is raisins and booze. Lots of raisins and figs. Taste is a solid vanilla and bourbon. Sweet and boozy.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-amber with whispy, beige head, score adjusted for the age / Rich, sweet, complex nose of coffee, toffee, bourbon, nut, and oak / Full body, much thinner than I would have expected but then this is a 2 year old, mellow with great balance, but just fair, somewhat hot, finish / Complex but ultimately weak flavors of sherry, toffee, coffee, date and oak / Flavor and body doesn’t measure up to the stunning nose.
ration (1651) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
120712. Tap at hairofthedog. Aroma sour cherries, alcohol. Strong ale sweet taste. Plums. The alcohol comes through a bit too much. Not Bad.
luttonm (1630) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich coppery brown. Oily head and legs. Fantastic aroma, leather and oaky, sour alc. big, leathery fruit. Hop and sour. Great beers to pair- they play so well together. intelligent beer indeed. vanilla, leaf tobacco, plum brandy. Awesome.
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks, Alex. Pours amber, with an off white head. Aroma is malt, brandy, wine, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt, fruit, brandy, whiskey, alcohol, and caramel. Medium body.
portableparty (1598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany color with a little off white tight soapy head that rests with a thin film and foamy collar. Aroma is sweet and tart caramel wood with subtle wine scents. Taste starts out tart with wine characteristics and woodiness then turns with caramel burnt sugars and subtle vanilla and I get slight peat. Palate is dry and slick. Very complex and interesting brew, will enjoy trying again later on.
Gription79 (1579) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, thanks to Doug. Notes of wine, alcohol, fruity, woody, tart, malty. A nice beer, very complex.
changeup45 (1559) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is a murky amber-brown color with a thin off-white head on top. The aroma at first unveils red wine and red plum notes, followed by caramel and bourbon, with wood chips, and a little raisin integrated nicely in the scent. The flavors are smooth and a touch warming with soothing bourbon notes and a hint of sherry. Caramel malt provides some sweetness with a strong vinous character from the pinot and a touch of acetic acid lending to it’s tartness. Flavors such as red grapes and plums give it a distinct fruity character while notes of tobacco and damp barrel wood offer plenty of depth. Despite everything going on, it does drink a tad lighter than expected but I wouldn’t call it thin. Fun beer to try. Good but probably not great.
ngeunit1 (1547) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with dark fruits, sweet caramelized sugars, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some brown and caramelized sugars, caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, oak and Bourbon comes through with some raisin, date, and other dark fruits, and bit of sherry and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The sourness of the cherries comes through nicely and the rest of the beer is big and bold but balances nicely.