PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks to golubj for sharing: Amberish brown pour with a bubbly tan head. Rich nose. Boozy with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. The flavor is nice and earthy with tons of malt depth, woody notes and balanced bourbon character. Rich and tasty.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Uncle Jedi for sharing this one. Black body. Vanilla, whiskey aromas. Vanilla, whiskey, caramel, and brown sugar flavors. Get more enjoyable the more you taste.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, sweet molasses, vanilla, and some nutty malt. The flavor is the same; noticable sweet chocolate with light bitterness, and more bourbon / alcohol. Very good.
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was an excellent beer. Lots of port characters, it was rich and complex, but not overly thick. The alcohol is completely masked and overall the flavor is excellent. Only problem is that now I gotta make another run to the beer store!
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Toronado. Nearly black, light tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma shows complexity of oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, molasses, chocolate, sugar, more. Medium to heavy body, lightly sweet but not overly so. Good balance of flavors. Alcohol hidden perfectly. Great.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Pours a nearly-opaque deep mahogany brown with a very slight head due to minimal carbonation. Very sweet, syrupy aroma with vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and oxidation characteristics. Most of the aromatic characteristics are present in the flavor as well with some added bitterness, both from roasted malts and hops, and more overt flavors of both bourbon and brandy from the barrels it was aged in. Very complex, though comes across a bit confused with almost too many flavor facets--some working together and some working against one another. In the end interest and uniqueness win out. Body suffers a little from the lack of carbonation and just lays there at times but this is not unexpected from an aged beer such as this. The alcohol is well integrated and supports the huge flavor profile well. Seek this out for a new experience.
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a blend of all my favorite styles and it was great,hints of chocolate,malts and spice with a nice oak finish to it.This was an intense beer and very enjoyable.CHEERS!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Logan in the line at Red Poppy release. Awesome flavors that are mild and easy to drink. Some bourbon.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared by Logan in line for Red Popply. Lots of malty woody bourbony aromas. Flavors were more malt and some warm, but not hot, alcohol. Very balanced and very good.
Ratman197 (9061) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of carmel, bourbon, oak, leather, brandy, light spice and hints of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light coconut, light fruitiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden making a very drinkable beer.
While very tasty no where near as good as the 10!