HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a small off white ring of head around the glass. Aroma of mild chocolate, tobacco, and oak. Mild bourbon, some caramel. Flavor is rich, strong woody and chocolate flavors. Mild hoppy bitterness. Other bitterness from the wood notes. Some saltiness as well. Touches of bourbon and spice. Strong oak tones. Nice, oily mouthfeel, slick carbonation. Finishes on a strong barrel note.
Palme (3383) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 0.65l bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a deep park wood brown one, lots of particles and some floaters in the glass and it had a nice small quickly sidesticking beige top. Not to extreme on the nose at first. Light wood sweet, lots of dark caramel, vanilla, nuts and sweetish toffee. Opens more up after gaining some temperature. It has a really gliding mouthfeel with a soft to average carbonation level. Superbly great flavors here. I get lots of wood with sweet glazed dark fruits, traces if prickling alcohol lingering. Bourbon wood and that typical vanilla sweetness finishes this off. Lovely! 04.05.2013
hayduke (3377) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle obtained from THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. Poured a near black with a medium size and very thick dark tan head and sticky lacing. Nose of ripe dark fruit, chocolate and oak aromas. Full body. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is so very rich with bourbon and wine barrels, vanilla, and and lots of ripe fruit. The alcohol shows, but seems jus right in a beer this rich. Rye shows in the very delicoous finish. Really an amazing beer.
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, 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.
pantanap (3357) - 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.
Pyrmir (3356) - 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
Vaiz (3350) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ WWT3 after. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted, bourbon, ashy, spicy, creamy, coffee, caramel, chocolate, malty, sugary, alcoholic and awesome. Flavor is spicy, malty, roasty and full bodied with a huge amount of flavors, extremely full bodied. Awesome brew. Has everyting you’re looking for in a beer together.
1FastSTi (3336) - 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.
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma has a very nice bourbony, sweet, and vanilla character. Some underlying woody barrel notes are present, too. Fantastic aroma. Virtually opaque mostly black body with a small, yellowish head present. Starts with a nice, creamy vanilla sweetness. Some bourbon flavors come though in the middle. Light chocolate malts and roast come through towards the end. Finishes a bit dry, and lightly woody. Light ethanol booziness. Really complex and flavorful. The finish is a little rough, but pretty much being nit-picky with that complaint.
joeneugs (3250) - 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.