tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co.’s Firestone Walker Tap Takeover gathering. Dispensed to a mini FW logo snifter showing a black/brown hue, brownish tan head foam that quickly diminished to a thin ring & film, and streaks & spots of light lacing. Surprised not to see any obvious legs or syrupy coating on the glass. The nose was expressive roastiness, coffee, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit sweetness as prune, plum, & cherry, some tartness, barrel, port & sherry-like characteristics, and a definite alcohol presence. The flavor mimicked the aroma, transferred the potent alcohol to the palate, and added a strong but "mellowed by the layers of complexity" hop bitterness, while finishing with some tanniny/dry astringency. Softly carbonated, with a little less that full body, but impressive nonetheless.
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, quite beautiful actually, with a small beige head that dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, barrel notes; more winelike than bourbon/brandy. Flavor is the same, very complex with medium sweetness, light woody astringence, and perhaps some bourdon character. Medium body. Drinks quite, almost offputtingly, hot. Very interesting beer, but a little hot and almost too complex IMO.
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown, nice tan head. Super smooth, lots of caramel, vanilla sweetness in the taste and smell. Didn’t have a boozy feel at all, just really well-aged and really well-made. Loved this. Wish it wasn’t so expensive so I could get it again.
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma is vanilla, toasted cereal, booze, and dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, brandy, booze, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses.
barn0216 (423) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, little foam our lacing. Figs, chocolate, kind of a reeses peanut butter note, almond, vanilla, maple syrup. The chocolate comes out stronger as the glass warms. Cherry, almond, coffee, and chocolate notes, but they disappear under the alcohol pretty quickly. Complex and interesting but the alcohol works to mask the best traits.
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Beachwood. Poured thinner then I would have like with a deep dark chocolate brown body under an average sized tight foamy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup with some cinnamon along with chocolate, well done toast, flower petals, brandy, vanilla. Average mouthfeel with a slight touch of heat on the finish and average to slightly strong carbonation. Flavor is just as good if not a hair better then the aroma. Notes of syrup, tequilla spicyness, bourbon, wood, chocolate, dark well done toast, tree bark, espresso, vanilla extract. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at House of 1000. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread pudding with caramel sauce. Sublime nose and only improves and expands as it warms. Dark black opaque with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, smooth. Alcoholic warming, slightly boozy. Sweet start with bread pudding, caramel, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Warm finish, heavy with oak and vanilla. Delicious sweet after but not cloying. Nice example of what you can do with brewing.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
big aroma of vanilla,caramel,maple,booze,burnt malt ,dark chocolate,licorice...black with slight brown edges in the light..,tan head dissipates to thin film sparse lacing..palate is thick creamy and a bit sticky..im going to let it warm a bit before rating the taste..creamy vanilla ,smoky alcohol and wood are my first flavor impressions,followed by chocolate anise and burnt malts,a winelike fruitiness if you concentrate very complex and sweetens as it warms i know its getting to be a cliche but this beer will be amazing when aged as is its great objectively but to my taste the big woody smoky flavors and the big boozy hit are a bit much if you like those qualities more this is your beer (note:20 bucks for 22 oz bottle)
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at a local. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled mocha head, with hints of lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is Bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, plum raisin, dried cherry, tobacco hints.....taste is Bourbon, plum, raisin, fig, light sweetness, as it warms, tobacco, light beef and soy arrive, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a very rich, complex beer in both aroma and flavor. Some of the flavors are a bit raw. Bourbon tones are dominant over the brandy an tequila. This needs to age to gain its final balance, and should be served much warmer than the typical bar temperature. BJCP 9/3/16/5/7
ryecatcher (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a thick, murky burnt caramel brown, no head to speak of (could be glassware though). Nose is toffee, bourbon, dried fruit and candy sugar. Mouth is big and boozy up front (warmth noticeable even though it was in my trunk here in Chicago on a 7 degree night in January), after that there are cocoa, vanilla, coffee, raisins, more bourbon, some dark roasted malty notes, and a medium but lingering bitter finish. I waited in line on Black Friday for this one, and it was worth it.