hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more...
BelgianBeerGal (3457) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought in Vegas that we amazingly had the restraint to save until our 12th wedding anniversary. Dark brown pour with a thin brown head and little carbonation as expected. Umami soy and molasses in the aroma with some booze. Big booze in the flavor but then finishes with some milk chocolate and espresso. Big and busy but a nice sipper.
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating 3k at Max’s tasting. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, molasses. The appearance is deep brown, no head. The flavor is bourbon, chocolate, molasses. The finish is boozy, hot. Medium, a little thin. Nice.
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Nose has nice roasted malt, chicory, rye, spicy bourbon, burnt pecan, leather, raisin. Palate follows the complexity of the nose. Lots of burnt sugar on the front, a touch of caramel sweetness falls into a big roasted, charred grain with nuances of leather, spicy bourbon and bittersweet cocoa. Silky mouthfeel, lingering layers of complexity.
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint malty smell. Taste was general malty that wasn’t anything special. Drinkable, but not good.
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"2+ year old bottle. Holding up well, though you can tell a little bit of the flavor has faded. super-frikkin smooth, though. smells and tastes predominantly like a barreled stout, but FW makes complex barreled brews better than anyone, and this is no exception, though it is dominated by sweetness and a good dose of roast. i have a feeling my score reflects the age, but even then, still elite! Glad I happened to have a special beer for #2700 :) "
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Sparky! Pours dark brown/black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and char. Taste is booze, vanilla, coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Full bodied with very little carbonation (5 years old) but a great amazing beer!
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Richard! Dark brownish black pour with off white/tan head, aroma brought big notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of nice molasses, touch of slight honey in there, touch of dark chocolate in there as well, nice dark fruits. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and molasses into vanilla, oak, nice bourbon in there, finishing fairly sweet, nice and rich. Delicious.
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown beer with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with strong malty notes, lots of wood, alcohol and chocolate. Taste heavy malty and sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and lots of wood again. Smooth with a burning alcohol sensation. Full body. Amazing beer
theisti (3521) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber shared by Bobby at a tasting. The pour is a darker copper, brown with a smaller tan head. The aroma is deep rich caramel and nutty malt, good amount of booze whiskey / bourbon, some vanilla barrel notes, and more of the sweet malt. Really big nose, rich full, well integrated. The taste is the nose, with equal parts caramel sweet malt, whiskey alcohol booze and the general vanilla oak barrel. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation, dry booze sweet finish. Nice one, thanks for sharing Bobby.
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque, flat, very dark brown. The mocha-tan head doesn’t grow beyond a finger high. It attenuates into a panacea-patterned patch of bubbles that sits atop the deep-sea-dark liquid. The oak age has imparted a very appealing, sweet aroma of vanilla and coconut. Some coffee notes underneath. The nose is very smooth. Slick and just faintly thick mouthfeel. Slides through the palate without sticking or coating. Ample alcohol warmth, but not off-putting. A lot of tobacco right at the beginning. A quick blast of alcohol overlapping the tobacco in the beginning. Vanilla, then dark chocolate, then coffee, then tobacco. Not much of the coconut in the flavor that comes through in the aroma. An extraordinarily complex beer with distinct, yet seamlessly adjoined stages done in true FW fashion.