HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
tastings at City Beer. Much smoother as the 10 was last year at release. Great aromas of smoke, wood and vanilla. Flavors of smoky bourbon, malts and lots of caramel and vanilla finsihing off with some chocloate flavors. Alcohol burn is non-existent. Great.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pretty much black with no head and only a slight white or ivory lacing. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel and some whiskey in the nose, although the first thing that comes to mind when I smell it is feet- I swear! . The flavor is immediately hot and bourbon laced. Lots of dark fruits mixed with some chocolate and caramel notes lie beneath. A vanilla oakiness kicks in towards the end. More carbonated than I would have guessed judging by the head (or lack thereof). This is one of those beers that I want to spend some time with and sip on for a while.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What I drank at the fest was XI Quercus Alba, which translates from the Latin as White Sneaker #11... but it was better than the name implied. It had a reddish mahogany body with a dinkus tan head. It held an aroma of Bourbon, dark caramel, burnt wood, and mayhaps some milk chocolate. Interesting drink, a tad sweet for my Transylvanian taste buds, malty with caramel and chocolate and roastiness, touched lightly by vanilla and oak, sweetened yet more with molasses, and warmed by alcohol. Interesting.
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IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Bottle Odeed got at the brewpub in Paso yesterday and shared (great friend) with me! Nose of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and caramel (oak shows up heavily but not the bourbon and brandy, this is a great form of barrel aging without all the liquor flavors); Clear dark brown with a ring of medium bubbles around the glasses edge; Flavor of oaky vanilla (bunches), caramel, and chocolate. Great brew, tickles my vanilla fancy wothout all the usual alcohol of impys!
My next to the last bottle from my cellar. 11/20/11 Nose is big vanilla, chocolate,oak, vanilla, and light bourbon. Cloudy dark brown with a small amount fo beige bubbles. Flavor is bourbon, woody oak, chocolate, slight toffee, and a hint of oxidation. 9,4,8,4,17 4.2
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle from the brewery)dark brown with not much eahd to speak of.very well balanced aroma of chocolate,caramel,vanilla,oak,and vanilla.the flavor starts off with the oak and vanilla more upfront,but then brings in the molasses,caramel,chocolate,and brown sugar.what i am amazed at is the ALCOHOL IS NOT DETECTED AT ALL.its way more balanced than the 10 was when it came out.in fact it tastes alot like the ten does now.this is damn near perfect in my opinion.
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up two cases of bottles today at the Firestone taproom in Paso Robles, CA.
Served at about 55 F in brandy snifter glasses. Aroma of bourbon, freesias, vanilla, and oak. Surprisingly strong head of dark tan. Beer appeared chocolately black down to toffee brown when held up to the light.
Taste was of strong molasses, moving to coffee, oak, and dark caramel, with a roasty and vanilla finish. The mouthfeel showed the slickness of the oat component and was overall full due to the fairly high carbonation.
The beer showed strong notes of the Bravo Brown component that made up most of the blend. The hop bitterness was moderate and the alcohol was bracing. Overall the balance was towards malty sweetness. The beer shifted more towards the oak and vanilla components as it warmed.
This beer is definitely ready to drink in the bottles now but will likely significantly improve over time if 10 is any measure.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a transparent mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and smooth bourbon oak. Body starts with nice sticky caramel sweetness lots of oaky bourbon with a touch of warmth toward the finish and some milk chocolate. Well-balanced and enjoyable.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 Rerate thanks to Pantanap. Hazy dark brown with small beige head. Dough, barrel, dark fruit, some nut. Dirty barrel nuttiness, dark fruit, alc, some roast. Medium body and watery. Okay but not as good as I remember.
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Red dark brown with beige head.3 Bourbon aroma with dark malt, some fruit.8 Flavor is bourbon, cherry, vanilla, red fruit, good balance.8 Medium to full body with good carb.3 Enjoyable.16 =3.8
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear reddish-brown with a medium creamy cap of deep beige head. The aroma picked up a lot of oak and various boozes (which upon further review was intentional).. bourbon, vanilla, and vinous notes at first with chocolate, caramel, brandy, and white pepper behind.. there was way too much going on here, but I still enjoyed how it was presented. The flavor had more pepper in the nose (white pepper and some peppery alcohol) with lots of bourbon and brandy accents.. deep caramel, vinous notes, and chocolate were firmly rooted at the core with lots of warmth and a light-to-moderate roast to it.. again a whole lot going on, but solidly presented. Heavier-bodied on the palate and a bit of oak graininess to it.. complex and ultimately enjoyable.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB Chicago, 2007. Looks like the place to rate "XI Quercus Alba." A big head that smells like a hefe quality, then somehow resolves to a cotton candy smell. Sweeter than most extreme beers, but not overly so. Taste mellows down to that of a well-kept barley wine, but with a very smooth blond ale texture.