fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very strong, rich ale. For the most part it comes across as an oak-aged stout/barleywine blend, but as noted in the description there are several other styles in there as well. It has multiple layers of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Sweet but not cloying. They are right in saying that the flavors & aromas open up more as it warms to ~55 F.
I must admit, I am usually skeptical of the approach of mixing together a bunch of different beers in order to achieve complexity. Nonetheless, this is a great sipping beer and the high ABV has a nice warming quality.
c0fein (256) - 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 (4070) - 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 (320) - 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 (5175) - 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 (1218) - 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 (7015) - 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)
DocLock (8085) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy blackish brown with minimal head. Nose is figgy fruit, vanilla, oaky booze. Complex flavor, with dark malt, oaky spirits, vanilla, figgy and quadruply fruit.
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle one year old ish. Pours hazy dark brown with light edges and some legs. Aroma just goes on and on spicy hops dominate then booze then all kinds of sweet and richness--oak , vanilla, dough, chocolate, tobacco very light raisin oxidation. Flavor is big sweet wood and spice and deeply umami salty smoked vegetable finish. Feel is slick dense kinda tight and drying. Really wish I had 10 more bottles of this.
alkolord (134) - - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vom Fass, Tiefschwarz im Glas, Mocca und dunkle Schokolade in der Nase, erstaunlich leicht im Antrunk, vielfältige dunkle Röstaromen im Abgang
Defreni (2687) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske. Købt i en bewmo i petaluma. Super duft af bourbon. Meget let mindfylde. En chuckable bourbon, men samtidig tydelig øl. Helt fantastisk. Super øl.