boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers during Christmas Eve Eve Barrel Aged Beer Fest... Poured dark, black, fairly opaque with a thin forming, off-white head. Nose came off like espresso cookies dipped in whiskey. Nice depth, some complexity for spirits and wood. Mild roast, but mostly smooth and un-abrasive. Quite nice fresh, could go a million directions as it ages. Notes of bourbon, cookie dough, pasty sweet malts, booze, brandy, whiskey, mocha, and dark chocolate.
JohnnyJ (3892) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at stone. Pour is a clear deep dark reddish brown, with thin head. Bourbon, raisin, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet dough, light brandy, and a touch of rye-like spiciness. Despite the flavors and strong barrel character, this beer is very smooth and silky. It feels like a much lower abv beer without sharp edges, which is almost a downside. Good, but there is so much barrel aged stuff out there today, its not that "special" anymore.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at EBF. Pours a translucent brown with some beige head. Nose is booze, coconut, vanilla, toast, wood, caramel. Flavor is malty, caramel, coconut, vanilla, malt, coffee, rum, tropical fruit. Full, sticky, boozy finish.
drewbeerme (3808) - 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.
alexsdad06 (3806) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.
tkrjukoff (3772) - 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.
IrishBoy (3685) - 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.
gyllenbock (3674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at CBC 2013, Saturday.
Clear dakr brown with a medium head. On the sweet side with dried fruit, toffee, bourbon, malt, some vanilla, oak and light spices. Also some light notes of alcohol.
kermis (3649) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at CBC 2013. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla, fudge, ripe fruit, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with flat carbonation.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the holiday party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, plum and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and oak
Nice and smooth.