FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Green Wax, Rittenhouse Rye Barrel, Btl No. BR / 1 2012
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, richly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a mostly black, definitely opaque color. The aroma smells quite prominently of spirits / barrel character; lots of sweet coconut, vanillin, spicy, sort of melon like, hot / warming Whiskey notes really seem to dominate the aroma profile of this beer. If you really dig for it you get hints of toasted / burnt malt, perhaps some coffee like roast notes, but really the base beer profile is consumed by the prior barrel contents.
Lightly sweet, rich feeling, dense, with lots of smooth roasted character, dark chocolate, and sweetened coffee liquor notes up front. The middle sees a huge toasted coconut and vanillin character take hold, with almost a butterscotch like character, and then, in the finish, a spicy, woody, oak laden character and then a spicy, warming, Whiskey like bit of alcohol and aromatics that linger on the palate. The alcohol definitely adds a heat and harshness to the finish. The body has a nice richness to it still without being cloying. As the beer warms, a dusty, dark cocoa note comes out more, and there is a soft, toasted brown bread like character to this as well. Bitter, burnt, roasted malt notes add some roundness and complexity to the finish.
Nothing like the Grand Cru I had, this is completely dominated by the barrel character; if you like that sort of beer then this will be quite enjoyable, I am not really a big fan of over barrel aged beers and this really doesn’t do it for me. Having said that I wouldn’t call this a drain pour, but it is not something I wan’t more than a few ounces of either.
BuckeyeBoy (6154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BR/2 2012 Bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is big bourbon barrel notes vanilla brown sugar molasses chocolate sweetness roast malts plenty of heat some marshmallow fluff. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts chocolate sweetness bourbon barrel vanilla and a nice end.
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle run number 1 from 2014. Pours an opaque black with fluffy tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of big barrel notes, vanilla and chocolate, hint of oxidized soy. Taste is more of the vanilla, bourbon, oak, no oxidation here, thick and viscous. Good creamy mouth, soft carbonation, another sold one.
Torrefacto (1458) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Negro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de cacao, bourbon, chocolate dulce, bizcocho. Sabor como en aroma y final de amargor tostado equilibrado.
vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Rye, barrel, roasted and dark malt aromas. Dark malt, chocolate, roasted, rye, barrel Flavors.
23Skidoo (69) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like a dark chocolate whisky-infused praline in liquid form. Not in the mood to write a long review, but this is love.
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2012: Served in a taster:
Black body with creamy tan lacing.
Aroma is roast, paint, tobacco, light bourbon, meat, soy... Later on it becomes so much better: beautiful roast, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice...
Flavour is molasses, brown sugars, roast, bourbon, light vanila, light pudding, light dry, light molasses...
Aftertaste is roasty, bourbon, coal, vanilla, fudge...
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, very close to full bodied.
Benzai (14282) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. 2012 vintage. Opaque black color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, superb bourbon, vanilla, lightly some grains (rye?). Taste malts, firm bourbon, firm vanilla, sweetish, but a very nice combination. Medium body and carbonation. Quite like this.
bytemesis (6977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 Vintage. Pours opaque black, small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is rich, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla, some woodiness, rich dark sugars, toffee. Flavor is fairly sweet, medium bitter, rich and boozy, like a desert liquor. Tasty and smooth. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. One of the good ones, for sure.
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with Sherm1016 on NYE in Lake GENEVA....thanks!
Pours black; thin head...we let it warm....nose and initial taste are heavy with coffee and chocolate....espresso and DARK / bitter chocolate....and heavy with barrel / boozy nose and taste.....sweet with an edge....impressive and tasty.
Pyrmir (5636) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at SBWF15. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet, roasted, coffee, bitter chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla with a fairly dry and boozy finish