BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, light toast, figs and dates, toffee, oak and bourbon. Flavor is malt forward, caramel, cookie, and toffee, oak, bourbon, light bitterness, some spiciness and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
mikem409 (1914) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of wavers1 thanks!!!! pours a midnight black with khaki head. aroma blows my mind all kinds of wood and malt and hop. the taste works together so well silky smoth on pallate and layers of flavor to complex for me to explain.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, dark ruby-brown. The aroma is quite complex with notes of toffee, vanilla, coconut and red fruits. The flavor is pretty sweet with roasted nuts, dried fruit, and sherry notes. Quite complex.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a caramel brown with 0 head and little to no lacing. Aroma is Burbon, alcohol, honey, malt, and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is burbon and alcohol at first but as it warms it gets really complex. There’s a sweetness like honey that stays in your mouth after every sip. The alcohol is there but it’s not offensive. Brown sugar, molasses, sweet malt, vanilla, and tobacco are all there. It;s super good but not quite as good as last year for me. A great beer to drink on new years :)
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cola brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is marshmallowy bourbony goodness, and taste is the same, with bourbon and chocolate throughout with a mild alcoholic finish. $20/22ozs
dmac (4964) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured a good looking thinner density black body with a smaller sized foamy super light beige head. Aroma is very nice notes of bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla custard, chocolate truffles, pudding skins, and more bourbon. The body is only a medium mouthfeel and a little thin for such a big beer. Carboantion was nice with a soft touch and a good dose of heat from the middle to the end which was the perfect touch for this beer. Flavor of bourbon, dark chocolate, burnt toast, vanilla extract, super dark chocolate truffle candy, touch of wood. Good stuff all around but I wish it was a bit thicker.
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., with a clear, mahogany tone, a modest amount of off white/light tan head foam, and light spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was sinus clearing, bourbony alcohol, barrel/cask hints, caramelly/brown sugar sweetness, a touch of tartness, mid-fruit, tropical hints, and some vinous/port characteristics. Booziness was strong but mellow, the texture was a little sticky and syrupy, and the body was full. A potent but smooth, cordial-like brew, that was sipped slowly and enjoyed thoroughly!
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Body pours a chestnut/sun burnt tangerine with a small latte head that diminishes into a razor thin film that follows the beer down the glass. Aroma of molasses, tobacco, Godiva, Starbucks, gooey caramel, vanilla, and oak. Flavor definitely shows signs of the barrel with bourbon, wood, brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla finding their way. Medium to soft carbonation. ABV masterfully hidden, more so than in past blends. Another great beer from this amazing brewery!
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle shared at the Utah holiday tasting. Tried side by side with XII. The XV had a rich malty character with fruity alcohol notes. This beer is rich with dark stone fruits and vanilla, like a decadent desert.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber from Frank Smith’s. Pours deep brownish with 1-finger frothy tan head. Nose is earthy peaty malt, figgy and vinous fruits, mild spice, bourbony oaky notes, and vanilla. Tastes of dark malt, oaky bourbon, spicy with notes of cinnamon, ginger, cacao, plus citrus fruit, vanilla, late coconut. New flavors emerge with every sip, and the overall experience is sublime, and one of the reasons I still seek out these types of beers. The alcohol is well integrated, not hidden so much as accompanying the plethora of flavors. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever quaffed, and is a true delight to behold.