TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, 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.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Litticker’s a few weeks ago, $22.99. Clear deep brown garnet with a small brown head, fading to a thick ring before long. Nose has bourbon and brandy, old spirit wood, moderate brown sugar and caramel notes--reminds me of my grandma’s homemade caramel (lightly butter rummy with vanilla)., Flavor continues with good bourbon and oak elements, definitely showing its some of its 13% ABV. Strangely, I’m not getting a lot of stout characteristics considering this is over 1/3 stout/imperial stout--just a touch of chocolate. Actually, I am getting a little roast in the finish once it warmed up some. Semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, some warming from the alcohol down my throat. Low carbonation (appropriate) with a medium full body. Quite tasty. Glad I have one more to try out a few years down the road.
smith4498 (2631) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and bourbon aromas with hints of citrus and tequila. Roasted malt and sweet caramel flavors with bourbon, vanilla and some citrus. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.
BelgianBeerGal (2605) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky bottle found at Tucson Total Wine to celebrate Ella’s arrival with Moose. I’ve got XI-XV at home but here’s where I’m starting the series. I hope they are all this good. Absolutely amazing that a beer this big can be this drinkable. Tons of: brown sugar, molasses, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt. ABV is well hidden and this beer is in no way hot right now. Reminds me of the first time I tried LA Angel’s Share. Beautifully made.
onceblind (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2100th rating, couldn’t ask for a better brew to do it with. Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS Firestone tap takeover. Murky dark dark brown with a small foamy beige head. Super complex aroma with rye, chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, lavendar, earthy toffee, and honey. Flavor is strong and boozy with some lovely raisin and chocolate tones, a bunch of lovely coffee tones, some honey, some port, and some earthy sweet & boozy toffee. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Just smooth and wonderful.
kermis (2484) - 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.
HonkeyBra (2483) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (2378) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mocha and mahogany pour with a dense latte head. Cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, brownie batter and roasted coffee in the nose. Complex flavors with only a moderate amount of alcohol heat. Seems less aggressive and more polished out of the gate than prior releases. Dark fruit, Starbucks, and Godiva...yum!
watson1977 (2288) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep chestnut/ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has slightly boozy candied fruits, touches of bourbon, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is boozy dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, roasty malts, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice warming vanilla/oaky/whiskey finish.
tgncc (2288) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful aroma of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, molasses, dark ripe fruit. The appearance is deep but tranlucent brown, reddish hue, light tan head. The flavor is oak, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, sweet, boozy. The finish is boozy, sharp pine. Medium in body, not as full as expected. very, very good, but not quite up to previous years. And so damn expensive!