Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Big sweet malty aroma with notes of roast, vanilla, booze and coffee. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, anise, berries, spice, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some hot alcohol in the nose. A nicely blended beer, but I enjoyed XV more.
DougHnut70 (69) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from Livermore Saloon/Beer Baron during SF Beer Week. Color is very dark with a brown head. Taste has cacao, berries/cherries, vanilla bean, oak barrel, spices, with a light sweetness. Very complex, has both hops and malt, but finishes nice and smooth. Not my style but an excellent beer. Coulda had one more…
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick dark black, with some brown through the bottom of the tulip glass. The head is khaki, smallish, and lacy. Nose is figgy and raisins, oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, nuts. Very complex woody spirity nose. Tastes rich, very woody, oaky, bourbony, with notes of cacao, pruney and blackberries, cacao, Brazil nut, vanilla. It is amazing how many flavor and aroma notes come through in this. FInishes complex, with well hidden alcohol, but the density lets you know that this beer isn’t for lightweights. This one is great.
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Foothill State Store. I had a sample of this a few months ago at Mikey’s party, but I resisted rating it. See, I have some limits:) Pours a deep mahogany color with a small greyish head. A deep nose of berries and massive bourbon. The flavor throughout is huge almost defining bourbon barrel, some vanilla, berries, heat, burnt caramel, light fruity hops. Obviously complex. Mixes together well.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. Tepid, clearer mahogany pour. Weaker yellowish foam. Nose is seasoned tomato, sugary bourbon, black pepper, licorice hard liquor. Taste is money: cinnamon ganache, thick milk chocolate, thick salted caramel, mild spicy alcohol warming. Really rich, dense, dessert palate. Easy to love. There is a long sweetened tea flavor in the finish with a lot of Spenda/aspartame. The sweet bourbon barrel notes aren’t my thing any more. People love this and I can see why. Another good offering from what is probably the best American Strong Ale series.
tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy GT, thanks! Pours ruby, tan head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, light roast. Taste is lightly bitter; sweet, barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. Really nice.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
fires burst of energy that knocks all your enemies down, not particularly useful in luke’s opinion, no ammo for guns you don’t have, wow that rocks.
dark, ridiculous porter/stout, so rich and thick and creamy, beautiful pour, so good, at least a 4.2 for sure!
Pailhead (6025) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and light roast. It’s medium with mild carbonation. Overall, this drinks very easy for 13%.
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black in color with a small light brown head that fades quickly. The aroma is fainter than I expected but very good and comlex. Cocoa, bourbon, plums, cherries, tequila, citrus, maple syrup, and spiciness. Taste is awesome. Every sip brings something different. All of the aromas come through and the finish is just incredibly smooth. Medium body, slightly sticky. Really enjoyed sipping this beer but it may actually be a bit fresh. I really think this beers will improve in a couple years. But it’s still very good right now too.