tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Super dark, brown body that nears black towards its core, capped with a tiny tan head - small but long lasting as a thin film. Aroma is very robust; big bourbon & vanilla combo up front... Oak, brown sugar-y sweetness, spicy alcohol, almost with a rye-like quality to it. The taste is even bigger... notes of warm bourbon, maple syrup, toasty brown sugar coated figs, darks, & other various dark fruits. Back-end full of boozy vanillin & plenty of oak, tannin, & wood. Slight cocoa powder & toasted caramel coating aftertaste, also with lots of bourbon. Big, sticky body. Super big beer, here, with a large bourbon presence... Almost seems bigger than 13% ABV at times, but it remains a solid sipper throughout.
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Oak molasses figs and slight vanilla taste.
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Always great. I enjoyed 15 a touch more but this is still to die for. It is a must have. A little lighter body than 15. (to me)
ACHops (759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beer Junction for Barrel Junction. Pours watery amber brown with thin oily brown head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, earthy sticky malt. Taste is potent thin caramel malt, fig, big roast notes, port, and mild oak. Big flavor juxtaposed against thin body. Not bad, but a little disappointing. Pretty much equal measure barleywine and stout while I was expecting more stout.
maddmatt639 (281) - Pacifica, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Tastes of molasses, oak and vanilla. Long aftertaste.
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Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Rated it low because it’s not the best. I have had better tonight! Smells good tastes good next!
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at DLD 2013. Pour is dark brown with some slight ruby tints and a small tan head. Aroma is muted with notes of molasses, resin, and wood. Flavor is much more intense with notes of licorice, molasses, campfire, vanilla, and oak. Warming booze on the finish.
high_on_hops (671) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark brown with a brown head and lacing. The aroma and flavor have more coffee than the 14 and 15, but there's still lots of complex malt and chocolate notes too.
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Sammy (8939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Great wood ageing, still hoppy. Coconut, but does not detract from good drinkability.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Vicker’s Liquors in RI. Brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, brandy and some fruit. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and bourbon accents before a roasty finish. Very nice, but not quite as good as the 13.