rlgk (7538) - Skövde, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at CBC 2013. Very dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Caramel aroma, dades, chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla, vinous, toffee, soot, figs, some licorice. Caramel flavor, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, creamy, warming alcohol, salty, roasted, some figs. Very nice beer with a great balance.
lusikka (4124) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle @ CBC2013. Pours a dark brown colour with a white head. Aroma is very complex with toasted malts, raisins, caramel, tar, cherries and biscuit. Couldn’t be better. Flavour is very, very complex; roasted malts, cherries, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice, dark chocolate and biscuit. Full bodied, so very smooth mouthfeel with a long, lingering, dry, oaky finish with mellow sweetness. Like a fine wine really. One of the best beers I’ve tasted.
tiong (2297) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle @ CBC 2013
Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Excellent aroma of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, cocoa, syrup and ripe fruits. Taste is smooth, complex and hoppy with loads of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, syrup and molasses. Finish is hoppy and roasty with vinous notes, oaky wood, syrup, salty licorice and vanilla. Extremely well balanced but complex.
Pinball (9728) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
licorice, roasted malts, mild cellary note. dark brown, small light brown head. flavor is roasted malty, caramelly, bourbon, sweet licorice.
TheEpeeist (2865) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. My rating #2800! Top rater of top 50 American Strongs!! Dark brown with tan suds. Nose is espresso, fig and oats. Vinous undercurrents with wood and caramel. Medium body with lively carb and building warmth. Taste is coffee, bourbon, dates, vanilla, a touch of grapefruit and wood. Some coconut as it warms. I usually wait a year on these; this one may need a few to shine.
1FastSTi (3172) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was on tap at Hop Scotch in the Chicago area. It pours to an extrememly smooth body and is near perfect on tap. The 13% was hidden extremely well. Velvety texture and a taste of sweet barley and bourbon. But it was so intricately balanced. I guess I forgot that this was a blend, because it did astonish me on how complex it was.
oneeighthcuban (103) - - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex. I feel like there is an intense alcohol bite that is similar to a barley wine flavor. Some more aging might help this mellow more. A really good beer that shows how successful blending can be.
pantanap (3202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle picked up locally somewhere herein Chicago - missed it on tap on a few locations... Pours just pale of cola black, more of a twang port coloration with less intense edges and topped with a thin ring of light khaki head that reduces to a film around the edges of the glass... Barrel forward aroma with bourbon, chocolate, a modicum of char while waftings of coconut and marshmallow and candy-like inklings of tootsie rolls mingle to and fro. While the barrel notes take precedence, it doesn’t seem overly boozy or harsh in any way. Smooth, sweet, and nice blend of various notes... Flavors are more of the aforementioned with somewhat more brash of a presence overall. Bourbon, roast, touch of coffee, sweeter dark fruit and vanilla throughout. Hints of burnt toast through mid-palate. Onset starts sweet and smooth but a firm gripping bitterness slowly creeps in, sinks its teeth, and grips through until the finish and a little further beyond that. The tailend is a bit aggressive though which takes away from its upfront enjoyability. Medium bodied, not too heavy really and pairs with an expected level of carbonation but perhaps a bit too lively with its prickliness. Nice sipper all around although the backend needs to settle down just a touch. I liked it.
Braudog (5062) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Dark like a midnight sky without starts, covered with a firm fluffy blanket of light tan foam. The aroma is an amazing invitation, rife with muscular whiskey and raisin. This drinks with a wonderfully warming alcohol burn, running over with an amazingly lurid blend of amazing flavors -- a bit of molasses, honey, cocoa, oak ... This is a masterpiece. (#4989, 4/16/2013)
Mora2000 (4118) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Moth. Dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is very complex. I get some huge bourbon, oak and maple notes, as well as a little bit of anise. The flavor is equally impressive. The charred oak and bourbon notes really come through strongly. There is also some vanilla and maple, as well as some roasted malt and brown sugar. Wow. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really glad I got to try this one.