tastybeer (1847) - 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 (3913) - 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 (5567) - 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 (2709) - 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.
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 (1968) - 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 (1128) - 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 (1816) - 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 (6876) - 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 (2902) - 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.