FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 2/2012 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a small soapy tan head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet coconut, caramel and pine. The flavor was sweet caramel, tobacco, bourbon and coconut. The finish was long and the body was full and syrupy. Excellent.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Huhzubendah for picking this bottle up from Capone’s for me. Served in a wine glass.
Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head and a nice collar throughout. The nose carries some oak and bourbon plus vanilla, chocolate, and roast. The flavor is fairly oaky with some tannins. Roast as well. The oakiness comes along with a bit of booze; probably a bit too young at this point, though still enjoyable.
Plovmand (6530) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Thanks hallinghansen! Pours hazy amber with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is hops, toasted caramel, vanilla, dark berries and chocolate. The flavour is dark fruit, fruity hoppy, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and sweet caramel. Long bourbon finish.
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours reddish, aroma is just strong, the taste has got a lot going on its pretty wild stuff. Overall it was one of the better stronger beers I have had.
MacBoost (1331) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Draft @ Tap and Mallet: Wowza. Pours a deep black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, plum and rum. Taste is out of control. Heavy rum, dark fruit, yeast, black unknown. This could possibly be Satan’s own private beer. Fuck, this is beyond me.
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours a clear deep amber with deep red ruby hues and thin light tan head. The aroma offers up prunes mixing with coconut, vanilla, spicy oak, booziness and bourbon near the end of the draw. The taste pulses with coconut and vanilla and then quickly moves into some molasses covered spicy oak, chocolate, sweet bold bourbon and then straight up booziness. This has plenty of barrel showing through virtually crushing the various beer notes.
blklab2007 (1990) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured a red brown in color with a covering of off white head. aroma has such nice barrel notes, vanilla, chocolate, rich malts, creamy custard, very silky and wonderfully layered. wow I took some time to take in the nose and the hops continued to bring in more layers. the mouth feel is medium and not as heavy as expected with nice strong carbonation appreciated in these big beers for me. flavor is so hefty but restrained at the same time. big barrel influences bringing vanilla, oak, bourbon, and sweet brandy. the hops introduce light bitterness, pine, and some resinous oil. there is brown sugar sweetness but the beer is not sweet with bits of maple from time to time. considering the strength the heat is controled and this just continues to open up as I enjoyed it. despite having a high price tag the boxing is top notch and the information sheet in the box well done and very informative. it is nice to see a brewery providing literature that gives a deeper appreciation to the effort and involvement in producing these beers.
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice deep gold orange with very thin head. The nose is a mix of liquors, alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor seems to rely on the barrel more than the beers. I get a good bit of bourbon, vanilla, Grand Marnier, oak, and lots of alcohol. This is one boozy beast. Medium bodied but thin in the finish due to all of the all to obvious alcohol. I found this one to be a bit to alcoholic to be really enjoyable. Perhaps it will calm down with some age, but right now I think it’s too hot to enjoy.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some patchy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a clear, bright-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized, toasted grain and pine-like / herbal hops up front. A second take sees me noticing some spicy, woody, slightly astringent / sharp oak character along with a supple buttery note, a fruity Bourbon-like character, soft nutty notes and a soft, supporting vanillin note towards. Between the hops and the Barrels, the nose picks up an almost holiday like spiciness as it warms up (cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of allspice).
The beer is a bit too cold to start out, but still has a nice nutty not up front, somewhat of a bitter hop bite, some lingering pine like hoppiness and a finish that has some Bourbon / Oak spice and warmth to it. The alcohol warmth and the hops mix in the finish to get a touch harsh, but this gets reduced as the beer warms up. A hoppy citrus character contributes a marmalade like flavor as the beer warms up; this is also accentuated by the deep caramelized character that makes up the malt character in this beer. Lots of barrel influenced flavors play the dominant role in this beer, especially as it warms; flavors of sweet, lightly toasted coconut, ample vanillin, richly caramelized character, molasses coated toasted-nuts. This beer is certainly a rich, sipping beer, it is not excessively heavy, or even cloying though; it hits the right balance of being rich, chewy and viscous, without being excessively heavy.
The hop character isn’t actually nearly as expressive as my description might seem, in fact it is less than I had been expecting, but it is noticeable and certainly an contributor to this beer. Really thought, the barrel character and malt play the more leading roles in this beer. At times this can be a bit hot & I bet this won’t peak for a year or two once the heat has had some time to mellow.
Zymurgeist2 (1055) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at a beer dinner at Monk’s Kettle. Perhaps i was a little jaded drinking this after completely enjoying Parabola, as i felt it didn’t hold up to its predecessor. Lots of sherry on the aroma. medicinal and viscous. All of the flavors seem a little disjointed. A nice beer, but i love many of the FW beers more.