BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap: Clean golden hue with a lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is quite spicy with heavy cardamom, white pepper, and ginger like vapours along with some biscuity and pils malts, slight Belgian clear candi sugar and Belgian yeast tones, hint of vanilla and tangerine liquors, charred oak as well. The taste follows suit with sugary and sweet malts fighting off an avalanche of spices and losing. Some candied orange peel and twangy Belgian saison like twang. The finish is slightly oaky and charred with some leathery earthy tones, alcohol while apparent is not overpowering. The mouth feel is ashy and grainy dry, honestly not very refreshing, moderate warming, tannic, and slick. Overall, an interesting effort that is simply to muddled and overspiced. I do like the Belgian character when it is free to show it’s face. I am glad to try on tap and therefore avoided buying any bottles.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy gold with a white head. Smells of coriander, citrus, some sweet malty undertones, spicy. Tastes spicy with some sweet citrussy elements, some vanilla and a peppery splash on the finish.
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DFH with Andrew. Pours a bright clear yellow body. Aroma is sweet Belgian CA dying and sugary malts. Mouthfeel is sticky with flavors of sweet oak, malts, candy.
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to someone for sharing this at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. Sorry for not remembering who provided it.
The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of herbs and spices. I get a ton of rosemary as well as some sage and coriander. There is also a little bit of citrus in the aroma.
The flavor is also very complex. I get a lot of wheat and biscuit notes with the same herbs that I found in the aroma. The oak-aging also come through and I get some tannins in the flavor. The beer is fairly dry and very spicy and herbal. The Belgian yeast also comes through in the flavor, adding to the overall complexity.
Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught at chumley’s) clear golden pour, creamy tan head that tends to linger. Nose of spices, Belgian yeast, caramel, and florals. Taste is cardamom, quite alcoholic, Belgian yeast, bitter orange peel, bubblegum, and tons of caramel. Medium thick body, huge alcohol bite. I feel like 1 is going to pute under the freaking table. Alcohol not hidden at all. It’s decent but so hot.
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle pours a lightly hazy, bright yellow with a cloudy, white head. Nose is minty, herbal, yeast, cloves. Flavor has tons of spice, cardamom, herbs, apples, candy, yeast. Full bodied, sweet finish. There is a really strong herbaceousness here. Not a whole lot of barrel.
egajdzis (5519) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cardamom, vanilla, honey, brandy, and alcohol. Taste of a ton more cardamom, vanilla, honey, and alcohol. The cardamom really killed this for me.
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned - courtesy or GandGKevin. Gold bodied with a moderate, foamy white head. Aroma is strong cardamom, spices, grains and grass. A little too strong with the cardamom for my particular liking. Taste, however, is much more restrained spice, bigger grains, strong grassy notes, and a pleasant, subtle hint of the brandy barrel aging. Body is medium with a lively carbonation. Finishes with more grains, grassy notes, bready malts and a touch more spice.
jackl (5477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle during Late Nights @ RBWG, Asheville. Deep amber pour with a small head. Very gunky, yeasty nose. Some lemon and apricot. Unidentified spices. Similar flavors. A bit of sludgy tired lemon and harvest fruits. Some caramel and wood. Full body, oily. Meh.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split a 750ml bottle. After having the Three Floyds version of this collaboration brew, Popskull, I’ve had high hopes for this one for some time. I finally got to sit down and drink one and well, damn. What a disappointment. Perhaps father time hasn’t been kind to it or the brew just wasn’t stored at an optimal temperature, but meh - this was just underwhelming.
Now don’t get me wrong, the beer was adaquate, it was drinkable and even perhaps a bit above average but it was nothing like the experience that I had with Popskull. Gone is the dark amber/clear brown color, as well as the malts, chocolate, caramel, touches of fruit, roast, and oak character. This was just... boring. Oh well.
Poured a light orange color, with a moderate white head. Aroma was sweet malts, residual sugars.