Lubiere (9035) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish brown ale with a thick big bubbled moka head. In aroma, a smooth caramel butterscotch overlayed with oaken notes, vanilla, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet candy sugar with warming alcohol, wooden notes, a bit of licorice, complex and smooth. Bottle at brewery, Dec. 27 2010.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drake at the Irish Chanukah tasting. Pours cloudy brown with virtually no head. Aroma is maple, plums, dates, caramel and cookie malt, wood notes and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominant, vanilla, maple, oak, light hops and bitterness with a sweet palate yet dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
rlgk (8478) - Skövde, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Somewhat hazy copper/amber beer, small beige head. Figs aroma, sweetish, dades, plums, syrup, oak, woody, toffee, biscuits, some alcohol. Malty raisins flavor, figs, alcohol, toffee, banana notes, vinous, caramel, oak notes, vanilla. Sweet and with evident alcohol. Finish with smoked notes, figs, dades and caramel.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich brown pour, tan head. Flavors are really wonderful. Rich bourbon notes, toffee, maple, vanilla, golden raisins. So smooth and so tasty.
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barleywine period. Rich malt and the maple syrup in the aroma. Looks a little unfiltered. Average mouthfeel, however. A little oak as well which helps bring out the complexity.Smooth, and the scotch style resonates it seems more in Quebec than anywhere else in North America.Thanks for picking up Lubiere.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This bourbon-laced Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale is able to accentuate the maple flavors with its vanilla-like spicy sweetness, leading to a portentous alcohol splash and wooden dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown with coppery highlights.
-I’m not usually not a fan of barrel-aged strong ales, but this one’s flavor profile is a marvel of ingredient harmony. If the barrel presence were a tad more restrained, this would be absolutely gorgeous.
-The light hop presence in the finish works perfectly with the wooden barrel and alcohol flames.
-The prickly but soft bubbling helps drinkability, but this remains a fiery sipper.
-This is complex and accomplished, but it may be too powerful overall for me to call it "excellent".
Bottle of the 2009 reserve, at the brewpub.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Julienhuxley and shared at the Baltimore Irish Chanukah tasting, 3/17/12. Pours a murky brown color with a thin fizzy head. Below average head retention. Aroma of toffee, whisky, maple, earthy notes. The taste is toffee, raisin, leafy hops. burnt sugar, vanilla. Medium-full bodied with a bit of heat. Nice beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Bourbon like crazy. Wood and sweet vanilla. Sweet with big carbonation, warm bourbon, phenols and yeast. Toasty and warm on the finish.
jtclockwork (6235) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours darkest brown. Nose/taste of bourbon barrel, oak, maple syrup, vanilla, sweet malt and dark candi sugar. Medium body.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A rich malty brown beer with well integrated maple and bourbon barrels. Very good dessert beer.
How: Tap at brewpub.
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose has a medium bourbon presence that is pretty harmonious with the pleasant pure maple syrup aroma. Taste starts with an attack of toffee and maple syrup and then a moderate bourbon barrel flavor joins in and then ends with a woody finish that partially washes some of the sweetness away. Really full body with plenty of big soft bubbles, very nice mouthfeel. No alcohol presence whatsoever. This was radically different from the first batch that was released two years ago and that was very hot boozy and brutally boubonny. Either this was a new batch or aging did wonders on this one. Another year, another DDC anniversary party, I got drunk, started acting like an asshole, started seeing double, people giving me the middle finger looking like they are sending me a peace sign… cool dude.