GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL 2009 ed black wax poured into snifter. The color is a clear, later hazy, reddish orange with a small, but dense yellow head. Not too much retention but leaves a small protective layer. Very little lace. Aroma at first cries infection- maybe Brett or something similar but not quite as nice. Spicy wood, phenols, spicy sourness lead me to believe there is something wrong here. As it warms up, the infection notes are replaced by spicy alcohol, toffee, caramel, chocolate covered strawberries. Fresh air, dew, melons blend with spicy alcohol and heavy phenols. Big Nestle Quik cocoa powder and malted milk balls (Whoppers) show through as well. It’s interesting but I’m not sure if I like the odd combo. Taste up front is pretty much confirming my infection hypothesis: very light bodied, dry, spritzy with hot alcohol still very present. Something like Brett but not quite has attenuated this down to near zero and leaves no body. Palate is very chalky and powdery. Hard to drink this without getting a headache from all the phenols and not so nice infection character.
GlasgowTAD (1302) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to BobbyHeenan! Pours opaque burgundy-brown with a medium-large offwhite head which recedes to a foamy layer. Aroma is raisins, rum, red berries and oak. Taste is dried fruits, raisins, honey sweet and oak notes, though more dusty than vanilla. Full bodied with a sticky feel.
arkurzynski (2173) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 variety. Brown with amber tones. Lots of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, dark cherry and oak/alcohol. Flavor is sweet molasses, caramel, toffee, raisin, and oak. Smooth. Really good and glad I waited on this one.
MrBeerFanatic (977) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a thick laced sticky head. Big powerful aromas fig, cake, brown sugar, slight alcohol ( actually well hidden), maple. The alcohol comes through in the flavors. There’ s fruity fig, true toffee, maybe maple, outstanding oak. Medium to high sweetness, medium alcoholic stinging finish. Its a fully functionally finally flowing fabulous beer.
zgaier (1883) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours golden with a white head and aroma of caramel and fruits. Taste is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with some hops coming into the finish.
jjgmd (1950) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With Z, pours a mahogany brown color with a beige head . Nose is sweet caramel and toffee . Taste is very sweet with a very rich sugary caramel and toffee taste . Ends on the same sugary notes with a moderately long finish . quaff score 7 / 10
NikkTwist (2569) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. 2014 vintage. Murky dark copper brown pour topped with soft tan foam. No lace. Great aroma. Thick jammy caramel flavors. Dried strawberries. Prunes. Dates. Medium-full body. Strong hints of red wine barrels underneath. Huge but very smooth.
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, wood, wine, and booze. Taste of dried fruits, caramel, nuts, toast, vanilla, wood, sherry, and light alcohol in the finish.
bigda83 (779) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Pours a deep amber color, clear, small whitish bubbly head. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, wood, spirits. Flavor was super smooth spirit notes, wood, caramel, touch of vanilla, sweet malts. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, smooth to finish. Easy drinking for such a big beer.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is hazy brown/red with a medium tan head which leaves nice lacing. Notes of mild bitter hops, sweet plums, candi sugar, and dough. Finish has a bit more booze and brown sugar.
SG111 (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Chimera brewing, Fort Worth. Pours deep murky brown, off white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, fig, toffee, booze, dark fruit, plum, burnt sugar. Just a light spit of citrus. Delicious Aroma. I love it. Flavor is big robust malty notes, mild citrus, fig, toffee, caramel. Just all around good. Mild hop bitterness to stop it from being unpleasant. Phenomenal.