Brentv (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Portland pub. Mahogany color with off white head. Aroma and taste of caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet, no bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Sweeter than many quads. Nice.
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi translucent auburn. Creamy beige head. Outstanding carb bubble action. Smells of rum soaked marachino cherries and oak, with a brown sugared raisins to boot. Tastes of prune juice, cranberries, apple pie, with a sweet and dry port style finish. On the palate it thin, creamy, with moderate carbonation. Much better than I remember when I had it fresh. It’s like a tropical fruit juice that has been fermented.
vyvvy (5885) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pours deep brown/bronze with a small off white head. The aroma has rich caramel, Abbey yeast, oak, port and vanilla. It has a fairly full body with mild carbonation. The taste has figs, dates, milk caramel, vanilla, light spice and some alcohol. Pretty tasty.
SG111 (1289) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2015 vintage. Pours ruby golden, white head. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, fig, pomegranate. Really nice. Flavor is bourbon, fig, toffee, pomegranate, boozy. Nice.
nytex1130 (2) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have actually had two taste tests of this beer- right after I bought it in December 2014 (When I laid in about a case) and then in late summer of 2015, a few months after its "best after" date. Since I love Deschutes beer, I was disappointed in the first taste. However, this beer was meant to age, and it
GRM (3762) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Sample, brown bottle, 12%, best after 04/22/15, from and with Réjean Doiron (merci!), savoured on October 14 2015; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose; woody, light caramel, slight molasses, slight caramel, slight Cointreau; nose: woody, light caramel, slight molasses, slight caramel, slight Cointreau, finale in malt with light presence of alcohol, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: correct
Échantillon, bouteille brune, meilleure après 04/22/15, de et avec Réjean Doiron (merci!), savourée le 14 octobre 2015; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : boisé, léger caramel, très léger mélasse, très léger caramel, très léger Cointreau; bouche : boisé, léger caramel, très léger mélasse, très léger caramel, très léger Cointreau, finale en malt avec légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : correct
ryanfolty (2407) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 12, 2016 - on tap at Rare Beer Fest held in the Minnesota History Center. Reddish pour with limited head. Aroma was fruity, red wine and whiskey. Taste was a bit sugary sweet.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Home. Dark amber in color with a thin khaki head. Get a bit of high boost alcohol fumes to start. Wowe. Lots of sweet caramel, spiced cake, and a whole lot of grape/raisin. This is an intense beer in all facets. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, though...not much carbonation. Tastes kind of like brandy and rum, even. Oaky, sweet, and boozy. Not my jam.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Under one finger of beige head formed and quickly fell without leaving any lacing.
4.25 S: Quite enticing. The pomegranate hits you hard, but its fruitiness does not run solo. Fig, date, and plum follow with some sweet orange peel. Vinous grape, vanilla, and oak. While I can’t smell the rye whiskey directly, I can sense it is blending with the other flavors. I’m not getting much spice from the nose, but that’s probably because the pomegranate is so powerful.
4.0 T: The spice does come out well in the taste - peppery which complements the earthy rye spiciness and the subtle boozy heat. The wine barrel also is more potent as the vinous grape matches the power of the pomegranate. Again lots of plum, fig, and date to accompany. Vanilla and oak with a touch of tannic astringency.
4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a spritziness that makes this light on the tongue. Warming boozy finish.
4.25 D: Very nice beer. It has some powerful flavors that all mesh well together all while being quite drinkable.
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tfratzke (97) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Appearance is reddish brown, no head. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, bourbon. Sweet candy. Sugary, coats my teeth. Slightly warming. Ok, for me. A tad sweet.
Zymurgeist2 (1868) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pita Kabob in Visalia. Plum and dark fruit dominate. Sweet candi in the background. Pours a clear chestnut brown with off-white to light tan head. Taste is rich malt with thorough layering of raisin, dark fruit. A bitterness at the death is a little odd, but a great beer.