skortila (4856) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. Sampled 5cl. The aroma is a bit weak, but putting the nose a bit more in and over the glass results in tones of raisin, grape, wine, bourbon, different fruits. Brown coloured beer with a very thin head. The taste is quite on the bourbon side, has sherry and a rather dry finish. Quite thin. It is nice to taste such a ridiculous blend, but it remains just that; a ridiculous blend. No balance, too thin. Bit a waste of all these ingredients, barrels, effort, etc. But to end positive, the aroma is quite nice. :-)
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorish, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and coffee. Very complex.
bytemesis (4762) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, quite beautiful actually, with a small beige head that dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, barrel notes; more winelike than bourbon/brandy. Flavor is the same, very complex with medium sweetness, light woody astringence, and perhaps some bourdon character. Medium body. Drinks quite, almost offputtingly, hot. Very interesting beer, but a little hot and almost too complex IMO.
Ernesto987 (4757) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweeter than id except, which hurt its points a little. Awesome barrel aging however, tons of nuances and subtle flavors. leather, molasses, oak, vanilla, cocoa, etc.. all the usual suspects.
dmac (4743) - 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.
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue and modest soapy tan head. The aroma has maple, vanilla, oak, dark caramel, rich maltiness, licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, and... well... most descriptors that can be give to big maltiness and barrels it seems. A lot going on, but very well integrated. It has a full rich lush body with very soft unobtrusive carbonation. The flavor begins with rich vanilla, dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mango, licorice and a bit of a bite that seems like wintergreen, but more metallic. The finish has an alcohol heat presence, raw woodiness and a heavy liquor-esque bite. Very good, but almost overwhelming with the different aspects that are there.
burg326 (4736) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black color with aromas of roast, coconut, molasses, light tobacco, and booze. Flavors follow suit a solid beer overall.
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle shared by Adam. Dark brown with lasting white head. Aroma is really nice. Traces of bourbon vanilla, oak barrel, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Flavor is very nice. The complexity changes after every few sip. The stout influence is really forward. Caramelized malts, oak, some toffee light vanilla, with the body nearly all stout aspects. Texture is oily and smooth. I enjoy the master blending of this brew. I used to feel like blended beers where kind of pointless but after a few FSW blends I changed my mind. This is just tasty.
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Very complex. Very good.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice chestnut brown color with a khaki head. For some reason I was expecting this to be darker. The aroma has lots of coffee, fudge, butterscotch and creme brulee. Like dessert in a glass. There’s some subdued notes of bourbon and wood, but those are secondary. The flavor doesn’t seem quite as sweet, and give this some points for being reasonably attenuated for such a big beer. Not syrupy at all in the mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through stronger in the flavor though. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla stand out. A little hot? Yes, but damn tasty.