cards04 (2061) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice lgooden brown. Boozy and caramel aromas. Nice smooth mouthfeel with caramel sweetness and hop bitterness. Nice.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with Farhaad. Thanks! Pours a dark coppery brown with a thin active khaki head that doesn’t lace too much. Nose is sweet toffee, caramel, citrus, boozy Bourbon and some oak. Taste is very smooth. Velvety mouth feel with a ton of caramel, some roasted characteristics, bitter into a long boozy Bourbon finish. Not overpowering but definitely pleasingly complex.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice clear dark coppery color. Sweet, caramel aroma, taste of caramel and scotch with alcohol finish. It particularly reminds me of sherry-cask finished scotch (which I love).
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Brown pour, beige head, some retention/lace. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, barrel. Taste is sweeter, toast, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon. Palate is soft, oily, sweet finish. Good.
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th May 2013
CBC. Very tired rating! Light haze on this amber beer, little pale tan head. Light and semi dry palate. Big vanilla wood and sweet malts. Very drinkable!
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a murky brownish-red with a white ring. Aroma of bourbon, wood, brown sugar, and malt. Taste of brown sugar, wood, hops, malt. Lingering rather watery bourbon wood with a light mouthfeel. Nice.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight caramel hue. Aroma is very strong alcohol with some caramel and malt tones. Taste is very good but very strong in alcohol content. Definitely double in every way. Very sip-able beer that just overloads the palate with flavor.
Errl (1871) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle.. Pour is dark ruby with a white head.. Nose is nice vanilla, smoke, oak, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar...Taste is Spice, vanilla, barrel, nice caramel sweetness, toffee
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Get in my mouth. Sweet nectar of all DIPA, super viscous, very impressive mouthfeel, with loads of scotch, caramel, and toffee on the tongue. Finish is clean but boozy, with hop complexity and gosh darn it’s just delicious.
davey101 (727) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, No. 001. 22 oz bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass.
A - Pours a dark red body that is somewhat clear save for a great deal of floaties in the last pour. Really not much of a head to speak of. An initial fingers worth of tan foam fades away to some thin edging. Minimal lacing.
S - The aroma reminds me a lot of Founders Doom or Boltcutter. Just a lightly hopped barrel aged barleywine/DIPA hybrid sort of thing. Rich caramel, toffee, biscuits and figs go right into some quasi-grapefruit/piney hops. Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar briefly on the end before it all gets consumed by a wall of ethanol.
T - The taste is very similar to the nose. Toffee and caramel central with some faded hops and a really nice barrel presence of butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is very noticeable but in a somewhat masochistic fashion. It impedes drinkability but half way into the beer I find myself enjoying its smooth burn. The finish really is fantastic. Mouth feel is a bit thin with low carbonation which suits the beer well enough.
O - I did not expect the beer to feel this massive. The booze is incredibly noticeable. Like a barrel aged old ale with a huge fruit presence but not as heavy. I wasn’t totally sold initially but I really warmed up to it. Its very unique against the masses of BA barley wines out on the market. BA Imperial Bitter...go figure!