dave_wakeman (4) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so different and unique. If you see it, get it. Unreal!
NikkTwist (1840) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Rich opaque brown velvet pour. Brown pillowy head that mostly disappears. Big chocolate caramel flavors jumped out first. Vanilla bourbon. Cherry cordial. Nutella. Cabernet. Peat. Lots of aged barrel goodness. Dark and complicated. Medium full body. High ABV is well hidden. Certainly sweet but has a nice clean finish with some hidden bitterness and spice that really only pops well after the swallow. Quite amazing actually.
ICEatALAMO (1065) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is a dark carmel. The aroma is mostly oak and general wood. The taste really smooth with a little heat. Finishes smooth.
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mikem409 (1753) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown thin head. Aroma of some nuts and toffee. Taste is slight band aid and hops
alexsdad06 (6413) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.
tmoreau (2724) - 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 (3974) - 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 (1166) - 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 (465) - 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.