BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Ibrew2or3 @ Dakís Cantillon tasting. Tiny little bottle that produced a muddy Oak Creek Canyon pour (rusty penny with hints of Sedona red) with zero head. Very little, if any carbonation but the bottle definitely had some age on it. Aroma was rich and complex with lots of molasses, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and brandy present. Flavor is similar but there are signs of oxidation. Quite sweet and definitely a sipper. Chewy mouthfeel that would have benefited from a bubble or two. Still a really tasty brew that I am glad to have sampled...thanks again Dave!
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled at Dakís 5000 tasting). Pours a cloudy dark caramel color with no head. Aroma has caramel, wood, light bourbon. raisin and a bit of oxidation. Taste is sweet with some roast and wood. A bit of tartness, but not much. Full bodied and a slick texture. Nice beer. Thanks Dave!
Koelschtrinker (9488) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Getrunken beim RB Treffen in DŁsseldorf am 6.1.07
Fruchtig-hopfiger Geruch. Das Bier brennt etwas im Hals, wird am hohen Alkoholgehalt liegen. Allerdings ist es gleichzeitig auch zu sŁŖ, auch im Nachgeschmack unangenehm sŁŖlich-klebrig-malzig. Naja....
Test vom 7.1.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,8,6,7,9,7 - 7,20
MadIndian (2222) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to SJ for this. I think I found a new brewer to rave about.
Enthralling mahogany pour with redish highlights. A big aroma of dark fruits, chocolate and wood.
A beautiful full thick body with tastes of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla and oak. At 14.7% the alcohol was blended to perfection. I love tihs brewer. This is what itís all about. Finding the perfect beer of the day.
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bttled. Haxe dark brown in color. The aroma is yeasty with plums and raisins. The flavor is sweet... something the beer has gained from alcohol.Madeira, vanilla, oak brandy barrel beer :)
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour. The nose is intense and loaded with rich tobacco and dried fruit. Rich and quite woody with a nice herbal hoppiness as well. A little kiss of tartness on the back along with a fairly sherryish oxidized note. Lots of vineous character and a distincly oaky contribution. Rich and sweet but itís quite appealing nonetheless. Iím glad that I got a chance to try this one out.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thatís been in the mini-fridge since purchase a few years ago (it didnít take up much space!). I wasnít expecting much from this beer since recent raters have said itís past itís prime. The pour is dark brick red and has lost all carbonation. Aroma has lots of brandy and sour notes. The taste has held up pretty well. Itís oxidized but that doesnít detract from the taste. Lots of up-front alcohol, brandy, astringent berry, prune, light caramel. Definitely a sipper. If still have a bottle lying around, you should crack it soon.
tripelthreat (176) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#100. Bottle into snifter. Reddish brown with no head. Aroma is moderate oxidation, tart fruit, caramel, old wood, cashews(?). Flavor is sweet and a little tangy with sherry, raisins, prunes, brandy. Oh so smooth with the barest hint of alcohol. Medium full and soft and a bit dry in the finish. Past its prime and fading, but still very tasty.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a flat, muddy dark brown color with no head at all, which isnít surprising.
S: While this is most certainly oxidized, the beer is not any worse off for it. A wonderful chocolate aroma that goes nicely with the brandy, oak, and vanilla notes. A nice sweet caramel and toffee aroma is present as well.
T: The flavor is not quite as good as the nose, but still good. A fair amount of chocolate and vanilla with a more noticeable brandy presence, which is surprising given the age of this beer. The base barleywine still comes through with the caramel sweetness.
M: The body is smooth and full bodied, and has a nice texture to it despite the lack of carbonation.
D: The beer was maybe a touch heavy on the brandy, but still absolutely delicious. Itís too bad I probably wonít get another chance to try this one.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Headless muddy/murky maroon brown. Enormous aroma- complex and enormous depth- huge chewy tobacco, peat, sweet cigar leaf, date paste, chocolaty notes, toffee- great aromatics! Warm slick body. The flavor is big and toffeeish with notes of raisin, date, sweet tobacco, toasted dry oak, lots of layers of malt depth but very drinkable in itís richness. Held up extremely well over 7 years. A gentle giant with lots of subtlety. A great Winter warmer.