tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC 2013. Pours red mahogany with a small tanned head. Aroma is good maltyfull bodied caramel cumin anise sweet. Flavor is malty pungent peppery bitter a bit fruity nutty boozy.
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2100th rating, couldn’t ask for a better brew to do it with. Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS Firestone tap takeover. Murky dark dark brown with a small foamy beige head. Super complex aroma with rye, chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, lavendar, earthy toffee, and honey. Flavor is strong and boozy with some lovely raisin and chocolate tones, a bunch of lovely coffee tones, some honey, some port, and some earthy sweet & boozy toffee. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Just smooth and wonderful.
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Beachwood. Poured thinner then I would have like with a deep dark chocolate brown body under an average sized tight foamy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup with some cinnamon along with chocolate, well done toast, flower petals, brandy, vanilla. Average mouthfeel with a slight touch of heat on the finish and average to slightly strong carbonation. Flavor is just as good if not a hair better then the aroma. Notes of syrup, tequilla spicyness, bourbon, wood, chocolate, dark well done toast, tree bark, espresso, vanilla extract. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut, cream, cocoa. Flavors are strong vanilla, tannic, really dry harsh.
drfabulous (3854) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark black with thin tan head. This year’s feels more mellow and relaxed than the last few. Slight bourbon and vanilla. Bit of chocolate. Smooth. 13% totally hidden.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Draft XVI release. Nose is light bourbon, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, and a flowery note. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is fruity, big oaky vanilla, and bourbon. The barrel characteristics really stick out. 7/4/8/4/15 3.8 11/3/12
Bomber at home from Firestone at the release. 11/15/12 Nose is oaky vanilla, brandy and bourbon, light amounts of milk chocolate, and golden raisins. Very similiar to the draft at the release; the barrels really dominate the nose. Clear dark brown with a very small beige head. Flavor is huge amounts of oak and vanilla, raisins, toffee, and bourbony alcohol warmth. Finishes with a light amount of bourbony warmth and a tiny bit of bitterness. I think I will wait for a while before drinking more bottles to see if the immense flavors of the Parabola, DDBA, and Stickee Monkee begin to emerge from the masking of the barrel aging. I will let the rating stand as is for now until I see if more discernable flavors emerge.
dEnk (3734) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ wwt. Thanks johan! Aroma is molasses, liquorice, caramel, coffee and more. Flavour is thick creamy vanilla bourbon liquorice roasty crzay madness. Awesome.
tiong (3682) - 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.
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, very much so, but I feel there’s almost too much going on here to keep track of. Heavy barrel presence, with tequila especially evident and some oak and bourbon. Pours brown with red tint and decent head and lacing. I liked this year’s a little better than this one. It does get better as it goes down. Tap at Meridian Pint.
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m really suspicious of the "blending" fad in brewing--rarely have I seen it pay off in terms of complexity. That’s true here. But as a barrel aged beer this is still really good. I wouldn’t call this "restrained" barrel aging but it isn’t over the top either. There’s a sippable quality if you like liquor. Good body--supported and vibrant, a little hot. Hedonistically very very good; as brewer skill, less stellar. Bottle.