orangesol (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to clockworkorange for bringing this one to Stakem’s Fish Fry.
A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white / tan head leaving very thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Some definite oxidation creeps in at the end of each sniff but that is to be expected.
T - Starts off with lots of sweetness - mostly toffee, brown sugar and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and some light bourbon warmth. Little to no booze and only a marginal amount of oxidation present. Finish is a little sweet, lingering on the pallet for only a short period of time after consumption.
M - Full body with a nice mild sweet flavor and moderate carbonation. Very little, if any alcohol is left and only a marginal amount of oxidation.
O - This one has held up surprisingly well. It still had all of the flavors I was expecting and the oxidation, while present, wasn’t overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one.
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The one I was missing; huge thanks to Grant! Tepid brown pour. Lovely oxidized character of sherry and oaken dryness mix with captivating honeycomb, molasses, and creme caramel aspects. Nougat and almond abound as well. Definitely showing its age and a bit past its prime, but still absolutely lovely, and were I by a fireplace in January in New England there wouldn’t be much better.
alexsdad06 (5249) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by ??? at RBWG 2011 alongside other versions, Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, molasses, some alcohol heat, I thought this was tasty, but would like another shot at it because of the palate fatigue.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Traded bottle. Actually carried this to WV for birthday celebration but ended up drinking it at home. This reminds me of a caramely barley wine with some vanilla but it is starting to thin. If you have this, drink it now.
Frydaddy (20) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I figured this had aged long enough! I’m not sure what should have showed up or not...but here goes. The blends I thought were perfect. Some below made the comment of Marshmallow flavor. I’d have to agree. It was silky smooth and almost zero alcohol taste or mouthfeel. Zero oxidation and was bottle perfectly. I can see why this beer has received such a high marking!
If you happen to have a bottle, I’d drink it now as the beer might start to change in the other direction.
solidfunk (3585) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m feeling marshmallow and great age, if it has a taste. Caramel malt with some booze and subtle barrel flavours. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Nice barrel in finish, bittersweet taste. Creamy texture. Big thanks to Sammy - it’s more like my birthday than his with a beer like this.
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a blending, elements of a strong ale, an imperial stout, a barleywine. Orange, oak wood, booze. Black with a bubbly head. Bourbon aroma. A smooth drinker.Thanks OCB.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in full 11-16 Vertical. Pours a richer brownish pour, good haziness, a bit dark and some glowing brownish amber edges with tannish head atop, dies to a mellow film, laces ok. Aromas are gentle dark fruit, oak, and mellow whiskey. Some caramel, carmelized malts, and toffee. Some whiskey, vanilla, raisin. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thicker with caramel, gentle oxidation, toffee. Some dark fruit, dried raisins, mellow whiskey and wet oak. Touches of vanilla, caramel, and some gentle whiskey. Middle and backend shows firm barrel, some toast. Whiskey, gentle ABV related heat. Some vanilla, firm toasty and carmelized malts. Lingering purple and dried fruit. Mellow oak, touch of vanilla and butterscotch. Still some firm tannic oak and spirit as we finish, toasty and carmelized. Pretty damn well put together.
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at STL bbbb, thanks for the taste! Pour is brown with minimal tan bubbles. Aroma and flavor loaded with sweet caramel malt, light funk, faint spice, and some oxidation. better than the 10 but still past prime i think. There is just a little tartness in this that im guessing is not intended but is still nice. Glad to have tried this.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light brown and gets dark as it pools in the glass. The head is super thin and quickly becomes bubbles around the rim. The nose is coconut, vanilla, wood, caramel, molasses and hints of chocolate. The taste is super sweet with a smidge of bitterness in tact. Still delicious. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The body is heavy and the finish is long. Still drinking great!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and woody. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, sweet, boozy and woody. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Slight touch of oxidation, but mostly wood and bourbon. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.