trevor211 (1511) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Junction. Murky dark cola brown. Not as hot as I remember. Mellowed aroma with vanilla, toffee, oak... sticky flavor, still a bit boozy, and the barrel character seems to have as much dark rum as whiskey. Quite sweet. Like boozy candy in a glass.
GRM (3505) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, caramel, toffee, alcohol; mouth: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, caramel, toffee, alcohol, alcohol warmth, finale in roasted barley with woody presence, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, alcoholic texture; overall: quite good
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, caramel, toffee, alcool; bouche : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, caramel, toffee, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence boisée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, texture alcoolique; en résumé : très bon
RexTalionis (3308) - FINLAND - JAN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber in color with a tan head. This is a dark temptation that offers at first some creamy dark ripe fruityness infused with barrel notes in aroma. You also get some sweeter notes from both milk chocolate and vinous fudge mixed with little bit of christmas spices. Pretty nice. Feels rich, but not too heavy. Malty sweetness is present tastewise, hard toffee too and later on there’s some raisins and dadels too. Smooth one with some chocolate, almond sweetness and bourbon in finish. A notch up compared to the XVI.
tcon25 (387) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2015 Draft pour at Beer Junction. Black pour, very sweet aroma, boozy taste with a little bit of the barrel. Great beer.
Draft pour at Brouwer’s Firestone anniversary vertical, dark brown almost black pour, a lot of these are going to sound the same will try a and keep it different as best as I can(other then this part) definitely more boozy the the previous as expected, in the aroma and the taste, lot of the same characteristics as the other years. + more bite at the end.
c0fein (410) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Bottled 10/07/13.
Black colour with a small light brown head. Chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, fullness. Big bottle only for me so this takes a while to enjoy. Sadly this is the only one, wish that could leave one to cellar for a few years.
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome! Tons of layers barrel flavors and nuances, aromas are all over from caramel to wood to fruit, one of the highest complexity beers out there
BiiruBierBeer (815) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel smell. Low to medium sharp carbonation with full body and no foam. Much smoother than 16. Taste is caramel, malt, bourbon, and vanilla.
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet malt, vanilla, woody notes. Booze. Flavor was lots of boozy malts, sweet toffee, vanilla. Lots of heat on the finish.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose is very complex, with brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel and hints of bourbon, earth and herbal hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout and even more complex than the nose. Notes of vanilla, molasses, oak, chocolate, raisins and stewed dark fruits come through as well. The finish is somewhat hoppy, but has lots of oak and roasted malts. On the palate it is medium-full in body with soft carbonation and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, an incredibly complex blend of barrel-aged brews. Beautiful. 2014-10-17
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[6494-20140708] Bottle. Mild roasted grains and woodsy aroma. Slightly hazy, dark cola brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted soya flavour has a lingering sauce finish. Full body. Good. (8/3/8/3/17) 3.9
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)