bytemesis (4071) - 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.
AirForceHops (4034) - 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 (3969) - 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.
IrishBoy (3920) - 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.
drewbeerme (3891) - 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.
SHIG (3823) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured black with a thin beige colored head. Aroma is vanilla, woodsy, and roasted malts. Strong bourbon bite, vanilla, coffee bean, roasted malts, alcohol burn and hints of chocolate melded with complexity. Finish leaves the tongue dry and tingly.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at House of 1000. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread pudding with caramel sauce. Sublime nose and only improves and expands as it warms. Dark black opaque with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, smooth. Alcoholic warming, slightly boozy. Sweet start with bread pudding, caramel, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Warm finish, heavy with oak and vanilla. Delicious sweet after but not cloying. Nice example of what you can do with brewing.
joeneugs (3805) - 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.
Pyrmir (3778) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @CBC13. Deep mahogany with tan head. Nose is rich and deep with toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is fruity and complex, roasted notes. Finish is very boozy
Nuffield (3746) - 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.