changeup45 (1699) - 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 itís 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 wouldnít call it thin. Fun beer to try. Good but probably not great.
devman171 (684) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours murky brown with low head and carb. Aroma is oaky whiskey with some sweet malt. Taste is sweet booze oak with a nice tart wine finish
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.
The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.
pdx76 (452) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012 - pours dark amber with little to no head. Nose of bourbon, malt, wood, and booze. Highly carbonated. Taste is complex blend of bourbon, plums, sugar cane, and warming booze. Perfect on a cold winter night.
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pdx77 (931) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle bought summer of 2012, with Best After 4/30/13 designation. Deep brown color with amber hue and little to no head. Aroma is dark cherry, oak, yeast, smoke, and prune, with some tartness. Taste is black cherry, prune, Belgian candi sugar, oaked smokiness, bourbon, molasses, and tart yeast. For a blend of so many beers, it mixes well. Very mellow warming finish for such a big beer.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice muddied brown coloured body with a thin, oily tan head that fades fast and some nice deep copper and brown tints when held up to a light. Aroma of a ridiculous amount of complex notes, mostly sugars. Oak, sour grapes, cherries, vanilla, pit fruits, raisins, figs, earthy malt, caramel and licorice are all noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Very complex flavour as well with some minor sour notes starting it off showing cherries and grapes then changing to a large alcohol and caramelised sugar flavour with figs, brown sugar, earth, toffee and a little vanilla at the end. Aftertaste is very nice with the warming hit of the alcohol all with the complexities throughout, also showing some light spices at the end and a hint of oak and bourbon. Overall, a very nice beer - iím glad I gave it some time, it seems to be quite mellow and very complex throughout. Definitely worth getting if you can find it and of course, if you can afford it - this isnít cheap, and it flew with me all the way back from Honolulu, but this was easily worth the price and the ~5000mile journey back home and into my stomach. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Collection in Honolulu, Hawaii on 10-December-2012 for US$13.95 sampled at home in Washington on the opposite end of this fine country on 23-January-2014.
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft st independent ale house it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is of vinegar the taste is of cola that leads to a strong raisin flavor with a hint of sherry.
Iphonephan (2606) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Indpendent Ale House in Rapid City SD. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with an ecru head. Tart apple aroma. A melange of vinous flavors, oak, and bourbon notes. A somewhat strange mix of flavors, which did not immediately grab me. Tart finish.
tderoeck (4010) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
31/XII/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - best after: IV/30/13 (we obeyed!) (2013-1211) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, small aery light beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, fudge, milk chocolate, fruity notes, dried fruits, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sour, from the first sip till the last. Also very spicy, alcohol, liquor, red wine tannins, bitter hops. Aftertaste: alcohol, spices, caramel, sour touches, overripe banana, bourbon (?), very sour, bit dirty, infected?
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
HATED IT ! ! Collage? More like Barrage! Brown with an off-white head, no lasting retention. Taste it and you will see why. Nose is bitter bitter wood and seems to make sense given the description. Dark fruit esters plum, burnt apricot, black cherry, candy sugar, oak tannin, licorice, spruce, charred juniper and herbs. any barrel character seems washed out - nothing particularly sherry or rye-like, a little bit of pinot red wine and cognac, but thatís about it. while it smells decent enough, it has an offensive flavor, dark ripe fruits. Chaotic and messy chemical, paint thinner and dirty and headache-inducing. Tastes how the dump buckets at beer festivals smell. To some it up. Itís a crappy beer in a bunch of barrels. Would make a Monk turn over in his grave!
beechner224 (366) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, amber, brownish mix. minimal head. Aroma is some serious whiskey and vanilla, all up in your face. Smell is also very sweet, like dried fruits covered in sugar. Taste is smoother than I would have thought from the aroma. Mix of vanilla, sugar, plums, dark cherries, very yummy. Damn tasty beer.