Vaiz (2926) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ABC Beers Jim=John tasting. Clear dark brown pour, no head. Aroma is ripe fruits, floral hops, aged malts, alcohol, leather, licorice and bourbon. Flavor is alcoholic, fruity, sweet and bitter in a nice balance and very full bodied. Great brew.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via SL... Ruby red in color, small head. Poured in to a snifter, drank on the warmer side.... 60 F. Aroma is a booze hound....malty, sweet caramel, raisons and some dark fruit. Taste is boozy but not an alcohol burn. Fruity, sweetness, caramel malts..... for 12.5 percent this is drinkable. Medium body... Overall: Good stuff
DocJitsu (595) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into my Samuel Smith tulip glass a dark amber with a coffee foam head. The head attenuates quickly to a thin cap with no lacing on the glass. Bountiful aromas of bourbon, chocolate, and coconut with a an alcohol tinge that begins to appear the longer it is inhaled into the olfactory. Despite an uncharacteristic fizziness as the beer is poured, the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The aroma of this beer creates an expectation that, frankly, gets frustrated by the first pull into the mouth. A bourbon/chocolate liqueur cocktail, perhaps. It finishes with a nuttiness that competes with the alcohol warmth. Not FWís best effort. I was really excited about this beer, given my affection for 14. Perhaps itís been to soon since my last Abacus (a FW barleywine) to give this beer an objective appraisal. To be fair, it is a quality brew, just not what I expected.
Iphonephan (2215) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Craft Brewers Conference. Pours a clear cola brown with an off white head. Aroma of raisins and plums. Flavors of caramel with some fig notes. Mighty tasty.
Westchesterco (668) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
alcohol, Bourbon, darknbrownmedium sweetness, full body, creamy, long finish,
madsberg (9310) - SÝborg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Shared with myself in the dungeons while weeping over the missing spring. Thx to rfraga7 for this. Dark amber coloured. Uncelar. Dense light beige head. Aroma. Loads of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, light berries (cherries?), wood, flowers, sweetness, light grape. Flavour: Vanilla, coconut, wood, cherries, light herbs, cocoa, chocolate, vague liqourice, boubon, some brown sugar, light alcohol touch. Medium to full bodied. Ends quite alcoholdense and warming. Full of spices and a light grapy bitterness. Delicious and highly drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with lots of bourbon oak and a touch of molasses. Starts with good fullness and rich dark malty sweetness with caramel toffee and bourbon vanilla notes before a sweet slightly warming finish. Has good complexity and balance throughout, although I prefer it with a little more dark roasted malt presence.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours a murky dark brown with an amber hue and a small khaki head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Taste is similar to aroma, molasses, dark fruits, hops and dry roast on the finish. Nice all the way around!
jbruner (1696) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Well, the commercial description gives you all the tasting and aroma notes you could ever ask for. This is a richly complex beer that had so much going on, but very well balanced. Pretty freaking awesome.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown black pour with tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, dried fruit, and abv. Sweet chocolate, raisins, and abv warmth. Full bodied and smooth. Very nice