Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of Dany, thanks! A hazy medium to dark brown beer with ana verage sized, frothy, creamy, mostly lasting beige head. The aroma is moderately malty and very lightly hoppy, with notes of toasted/roasted nuts, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood and alcohol with a touch of dried fruits. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, thick/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly sticky. Surely on the sweet side, but not cloying. The oak character is not overwhelming, and it has enough carbonation to give it a good drinkability. And it looks very nice. I’m glad to have tried this stuff.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big vanilla aroma along with dark caramel and woody hops. Rich mouthfeel, but just short of superb. Nice baking spices come through along with the vanilla.
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer shared by footbalm. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. A sweet malty, fruit nose, some rich vanilla and notes akin to bourbon. A fruity caramel mix, some wood, hot, vanilla. Very damn good. Gotta love those BA BWs.
JulienHuxley (3076) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at DDC 12th anniversary. Aroma of fermented cherries, wet wood, molasses. Taste is a little bit better. Very woody, caramelized cherries with a subtle hop backbone. Palate is rich and boozy, not too sticky. I couldn’t wait to taste this one and wad very disapointed, especially with the aroma.
GRM (2988) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 341 ml, gift from Philippe Wouters, savoured on February 7 2010; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: oak, vanilla, alcohol, malt, butterscotch, bourbon; mouth: oak, vanilla, alcohol, malt, butterscotch, bourbon, finale in malt-butterscotch with presence of oak, liqueur-like, full-body, below-average carbonation, lightly bitter, mildly sweet; overall: quite good
Bouteille, 341 ml, cadeau de Philippe Wouters, savourée le 19 janvier 2010; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : chêne, vanille, alcool, malt, caramel écossais, bourbon; bouche : chêne, vanille, alcool, malt, caramel écossais, bourbon, finale en malt-caramel écossais avec présence de chêne, liquoreux, corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement amère, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : bien bon
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o Fred82. Pours a deep amber-brown with an average size diminishing tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, hops, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, hops and oak -- delicious! I love that the barrel-aging isn’t over the top. Pleasant warm finish. Medium bodied. Awesome stuff.
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small yellowish, fine-bubbled head over hazy reddish dark-brown beer. Faraminous nose of wood-lagered spirit, Bourbon and vanilla aromas. Alcohol, and a touch of curry spice. Sweet, liqueurish, liqueurcake with raisins, plums, dried bananas an dried cherries. Again loots of vanilla, crème Anglaise. Too much liquorice, warmin up, however. Quite spritzy, remarkably lively for an oak-lagered beer. Well-bodied, very slick, even alcoholic-viscous, warming. Sweet, strong and rather satisfying. However, if this has a " a subtle touch of vanilla ", then I wonder about the full punch. Sucking vanilla pods? Merci, Fred!
HogTownHarry (6105) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Pours orange-brown with an average diminishing off-white head. Lovely oak/vanilla aroma, quite restrained - a bit boozy, light fruit and nice caramel toastiness. Taste - alcohol, deep roast nougat malt with yeast, vanilla/oak resin, a bit dry from the alcohol - not over the top. Slick, somewhat still mouthfeel, finishes quickly and leaves a pleasant light resin and sweet caramel
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.
vtafro (3426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Glouglouburp, at post NotB tasting. Brown pour. Bourbon, oak, malty caramel, maple, dark fruit vanilla, and some light chocolate, also a bit of warming.