bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, bottle #16237. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like maple, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like maple, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruit and some sweet booze. And it just seems to get better and better as the beer warms (I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for about 1/2 an hour before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. For a brew that’s 15.5% ABV, it’s dangerously drinkable. I think this is an excellent overall brew, and I would love to drink one again sometime. However, it is pricey at $34.99 a bottle.
GTAEgeek (1961) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a 750 mL bottle in line at Zwanze. This was Fruet, the fourth anniversary version. Pours hazy brown, with a tan ring. Vanilla and toasted oak are the first things I note in the aroma, with some caramel, cardamom, pine, and a bit of licorice. Sweet and boozy, with a little bit of bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, syrupy, and clingy. This is a lovely, bourbon-forward, complex and interesting beer.
rumore (39) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 30, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
American beers tasting at FOB, Rimini, Italy. The beer pours dark caramel brown, with little to no foam. Aroma is great, with EVERYTHING popping out: liquorice, spirits, chocolate and more. Taste is consistent, lots of sweetness mixed with some bitterness and a clear value added from the aging in bourbon barrels. Aftertaste is also wonderful, with more liquorice coming up, as well as more alcohol. Body is relatively dense. Overall, a masterpiece.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
cmacklin (874) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a medium, short lived, tan head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, overripe dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla
and oak with a bourbon warming finish. Full body with a sticky, oily texture and soft carbonation. Wow, lots of complexity. Excellent, a world class old ale.
Frank (4022) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I guess if you like big and barrel aged above all things, you will like this pretty well. For what it’s worth, this has a lot of nice flavors, solid malt w/ lots of whiskey-ish flavors of cherry and vanilla. It’s oversweet though and ultimately has a lot of unpleasant oxidized and and soy-sauce flavors underneath it all. It is overall, pleasant enough for some slow sipping but far from a great beer generally.
mmargarucci (280) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is filled with alcohol and sweetness. Taste is very sweet maybe too sweet. Very much and old English ale overloaded with alcohol.
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Logan’s. Very hazy brown. Awesome aroma. Very sweet. Dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla. Very flavorful and complex. Boozy, but not nearly as much as expected.
hackobock (3537) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 13, 2016. Bottles at Bruery Bonanza 2016 as Cuivre, Fruet, Coton (BA) and Sucré. Thanks for sharing!
Dark brown almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty, slight boozy with lots of bourbon notes, caramel, dark sugar, figs, prunes, raisins, some vanilla notes, brunt wood. Taste is sweet, malty and slightly boozy. Finish is sweet dark sugars, caramel, dried fruits, light burnt bitterness with warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, slight sticky texture.
Sucre was the best of the bunch, Cuivre was still a bit hot and the other were sowing signs of oxidation.
dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Consummation: Sour gran marnier, raisins, rye whisky, lemon, vanilla
Adjunct: Oak, toasted malt, alcohol,
dresden (1475) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown, big bourbon nose, lots of caramel, wood. Very boozy and heavy, too heavy
Overall is nice but man this is sweet and boozy
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep dark brown with some red notes. N: Figs, dates, vanilla, bourbon T: Molasses, honey, dates, figs and raisins. O: Nice one!