FlacoAlto (3849) - 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.
PriorL (2776) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at small tasting at home. 2011 bottle, green wax.
APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol.
TASTE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, too much? ...
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a burgundy brown with a mocha brown head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, oak, slight alco heat with a warm finish.
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, dark brown - not quite full on black with a brown glint. Decent sandy head, ringed and fairly viscous looking film. Nose is boozy peanut butter, off telling booze but a decent brassy woodiness. Solid brown sugar sweetness throughout, struggling choc but big bites of roast later on. Carbonation is viscous, with a dimpled booziness but for it being double figures is great - neat and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes lean sweet roast, more bitterness coming through and lingers out with a peppery brassy rye’d out sweetness.
Bottle, Cheers Steve-o, Beers I Hadn’t Known Tasting
BenH (3023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Steve. Black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coconut, chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, chocolate, oaky, vanilla, coconut. Nicely balanced, sweet and clean.
Beersiveknown (3925) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting from Paris
opaque cola brown, beige lacing, sweet, vanilla, fruity, moderate carbonation, cola, caramel. Spicey, umami.
allmyvinyl (6342) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Thanks Steve! Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate. Taste is boozy chocolate. Rye whisky spice. Boozy finish.
12th July, Daisy tasting
Stuu666 (6508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is coconut, chocolate, vanilla, taste is rich chocolate, bourbon, dry, roasted.
cgarvieuk (17310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... daisy tasting ... dark brown black .. thin tan lacing ... soft dark chcolate roast malts ... light chocolate roast malt nose ... soft chocolate .. dark roast ... soft malts ... soft chocolate .. sweet chocolate .. light chocolate linger ...
MarcoDL (2892) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Taste is more subtle than I hoped for, with vanilla, mild booze and some salty notes. Good.
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample, as Rittenhouse rye. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of dark roast, chocolate, bit coffee, slight cookie, touch of vanilla. Bit sweet in taste, roasty bitterness, slight sweet vanilla.