ACHops (959) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Beerhive Pub in SLC. Bottle says best after 1/29/11. Pours super dark amber with a slight golden tint. Medium mocha head that fades somewhat quickly. Aroma is... wow. Rich bourbon, licorice, leather, molasses all jump out. Taste is big, dark caramel malts with brown sugar sweetness, a hint of vanilla, and just enough hops for balance. Not that different from Jubelale, just cranked up rich malts, extra abv, and the barrel aging that gives it all those wonderful notes. Thinner body than you’re expecting from the smell. It’s hard to be neutral about this one - this is one of my favorite beers ever. The only negative I’ll throw out there is that Deschutes will apparently only make this every 10 years. It’s way too good for that and should join their once per year reserve series with Abyss, Black Butte XX*, etc. Or at least every other year like they’re doing with The Dissident.
beertholomeus (1183) - California, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber brown color with a khaki head. Oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, toast, molasses, and dark fruit aroma. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, toast, tabacco, caramel, molasses, alcohol and dark fruit. On draft at city beer.
PartyFowle (631) - - APR 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A vigorous pour begets a one-finger soap bubble head the color of ginger. The liquid’s too dark to see through except when held to the light. Clear and effervescent. Red wine and cola in color. In the nose: vanilla, cola, burnt brown sugar, raisins, and bourbon. Noticeable alcohol heat. Flowery hops. Spicy yeast. In the flavor: Sweet prunes, vanilla, pepper, and caramel. Dr. Pepper! Super hot; you can feel the alcohol heat travel all the way down to the stomach. The slightest hint of roasted malts. Bitterness clings to the back sides of the tongue. Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, buttery. Wow.
williamstome (1348) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour, big tan head. Sweet aroma of molasses, flavor is big and sweet of molasses, spices and soy sauce. Fantastic.
zach8270 (3861) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz - 2010 vintage) Murky copper pour with a thin tan head. Fruity and malty aroma with lots of caramel and still some good alcohol. Lots of different fruits in the flavor with a middle that seems to be a combination of toffee and caramel. Finishes sweet and fruity.
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sat on this for 5 years before cracking it open. Creamy first impression, drinks more like a quadruppel than anything else I can think of.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GABBF: Poured a murky brown with a tan head. Aroma was sweet malt and spices. Taste was strong caramel and toffee malt, light spice, and has this core warming alcohol appearance.
ThirstyBird (2187) - London area, Herefordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark child color with a small ring. Rich malt, brown sugar, rich fruit. The taste is, rich fruit, caramel, somewhat oxidized. The body is medium and nearly flat.
Nik925 (770) - USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let this one sit for a solid 4+ years. Thanks for the wax seal </sarcasm> wasn’t annoying at all to open. Anyway. Little aroma (but low carbonation from the aging) still low aroma. Low level faults but the dive into an amazing beer. Maybe the aging helped, but nevertheless, this has a fine, blurred alcohol with malt, mild bitterness, tasty after tones. This might have needed the again, but either way it benefited. The aroma isn’t bad, but you really have to work to get it.
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fiddler’s. Lovely clear amber pour with offwhite head that dissipates to a ring. A smidge of lacing. Aroma brings lots of caramelized brown sugar; hop presence is there (surprisingly); caramel and candi. Taste: sweet, rich caramelized sugar and toffee. A beer whose style really may be best described as "winter warmer." Balanced by moderate bitterness. Sweet and strong, but no alcohol burn. Palate: full sticky body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Overall: this is a nice one. I may be biased by the fact that I’m out at a neighborhood joint without a child on a Saturday night. But I don’t think so. Not an everyday beer, but if I was in a ski lodge and it was snowing, this could be the perfect beer.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at 2014 Holiday Ale Festival. Amber dark brown color. Aroma is vanilla, roasted nuts, toffee, and very dark malts. Taste is spiced rum, bourbon, roasted malt, and pitted fruit. Strong, smooth sipping warmer.