sfhodense (4791) - 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.
DrSilverworm (4766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Very dark brown, near black reddish clear color. Minimal khaki head. Few loose dots of lace. Great cookie dough, brownie batter, vanilla aromas. Great, rich bourbon barrel character. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Head fades to virtually nothing. Moderate sweet taste, some light burn in the finish, light bitter. A bit boozy, but a solid American strong ale. Prefer this to 14 by quite a bit, though it’s not nearly as good as 15 in my experience.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Vicker’s Liquors in RI. Brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, brandy and some fruit. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and bourbon accents before a roasty finish. Very nice, but not quite as good as the 13.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and light roast. It’s medium with mild carbonation. Overall, this drinks very easy for 13%.
alexsdad06 (4371) - 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.
JK (4244) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am afraid combining so many beers muddled the different flavors and aromas that might have been originally present. Dark brown beer, sweet malt with lots of sugar. There is no significant hop presence.
b3shine (4236) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; a semi-transparent cola with bubbly light beige lacing. Smells light; malt and booze with sweet notes. Tastes like it smells, but a little more pronounced. Good on the palate. Decent, but not as good as the XV.
kermis (4205) - 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.
nimbleprop (4163) - 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.
thornecb (4113) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.