TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13. Brown with tan froth that fades to a ring. Nose hits me immediately following the pour; cantaloupe, caramel and fig. Potent Belgian yeast up close with honey, raisin and model glue. Medium body with a tang. Sour, sticky, hot and resiny; this one is all over the place. Taste is pineapple, caramel, limeade, wild strawberries and white grape. A curious sweet sour that eventually won me over.
camborne (590) - 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 (743) - 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 (3560) - 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 (820) - 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
OKBeerFan (55) - - 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 (39) - 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 (838) - 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
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aged beer. You can taste the wine in this beer and all the complex flavor's. With only 300 barrels brewed this is a must have for beer enthusiasts. Can wait to try next years collage.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve had this a few times since it was released and have been underwhelmed each time, although I recall a spark in the last one that intrigued me. Like pretty much all the beers I age anymore, this one aged in the fridge. The first thing I noticed while pouring the beer was that the beer threw off a fair amount of gunk and a more careful pour was warranted, although I did stop more than half of the unwanted residue. The first thing I noticed when after I poured the beer was the aroma-tart, full of wood, bright. Perhaps a touch of acetic? The first impression, in the mouth, is an oak bomb up front with some powerful tannins and a slight acetic/acetone combo. There is a boozy caramel flavor, I guess most similar to bourbon and some fruitiness. The beer is served colder than warranted for a beer like this and still the alcohol is a bit on the warm side. I saw a couple bottles at a local liquor store, which made my decision to open this bottle much easier. You donít want to drop a Hamilton+ for a 11.6%, 12oz bottle that will probably gain some tartness over time and then drink it too early. No that is what other peoples bottles were for, thanks other people! In the end, it is amazing just how much wood is still left in this beer and although I see some positives, I wonder if the nice parts of the beer will still be around before the oak drops out a little more and before the bad bugs start to gain control. The bottle that has sat on the shelf at the local liquor store scares me since the warm storage will only exacerbate some of the negatives without improving the beer in the end. A neat experiment, but in this case, the individual components are better than the sum.
trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottles by Deschutes rep Jason at a pre-opening event for Barren Hill Brewery. Very big beer that is truer to a strong ale style, and the story behind the blending of this beer is pretty impressive: brewers sitting around customizing and sampling portions from all those barrels. Look out for this one!