Darkmagus82 (1911) - - SEP 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-21-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger of rather fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is huge of sweetness with tons of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. Along with these smells are some more sweet doughy and bready smells as well as a light amount of the oak due to the oak barrel ageing. Rounding it all out was a light boozy smell, overall giving the brew a rather warming smell.
Taste – The taste is just as the nose would have suggested, starting out with a hugely sweet flavor of caramel, and toffee. Along with these tastes was a doughy and bready taste. A brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle, with a bit of a oaky flavor coming to the tongue. The sweet flavors fade ever so slightly toward the end of the taste with a little bit of a boozy taste coming to the tongue. While a boozy taste comes to the tongue at the end, it is minimal in comparison to the 12 % abv of the brew, in the end leaving a warming, smooth and sweet bready flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and low carbonation really help make this a slow sipper and really accentuate all the big sweet flavors of the brew.
Overall – A big and sweet brew with a nice warming and smooth feel. A nice slow sipper.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"kinda barleywineish in it’s presentation, but with a pale ale twist. you can still taste the original beer in there, which though not one of my favorites, is pretty cool. nice hop malt balance and big body on this one. finished sweet with some englidh hops. 2012-in the bottle, the barrels and hops both come through more. Gotta up the score!!"
TXBadger (1702) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy deep amber almost dark orange color with off-white head. Caramel and barrel mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness.
radagast83 (5310) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, vanilla, woody notes. Toffee. Booze. Flavor was warming booze-filled notes, sweet toffee malt. Powerful.
hackobock (1930) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
140801, bottle 2013 vintage.
Pours light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate. Taste is medium sweet caramel, dried fruits, milk chocolate, finish is light bitter, alcohol notes and vanilla. Medium dobied, soft carbonation.
liquidhedonism (264) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 22 oz bottle of 2013 vintage from my cellar. Looks thin, but it sure doesn’t smell or taste that way. Sugary, malty, boozy, glorious. The barrel aging and massive malt profile imparted a huge array of flavors, including brown sugar, oak, caramel, leather, and cherry. Mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth. No noticeable hop aroma or bitterness until the finish. The hops must be there, otherwise this beer wouldn’t taste quite so balanced. Amazing! I will try to remember to grab a bottle from this year’s batch.
julesjis (229) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. Poured from 22oz that was tucked away in the cellar. Color is a beautiful scotch/whiskey dark amber color. Aroma is definitely boozy, barrel aged. First sip is surprisingly sweet, smooth and flavorful. Additional tastes bring out the booze, but still remains very balanced. I get mostly a caramel, molasses, malty finish. Masks the 12% well. Drink this one at home kids!
jsnicholas (310) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Bottle (22 Oz. $18): (2014 vintage) poured clearest amber with small head. Smells and taste of bourbon. Some vanilla. Very little bitterness. Quite sweet. Not sure why the call it an Extra Bitter. Very nice sipper.
cernjoh (145) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 2014 vintage bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter. Aroma is vanilla bourbon booze caramel and some slight banana. Appearance is a clear reddish amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. Taste is a vanilla, buttery caramel, bourbon goodness with a very slight bitter finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. This vintage seems a bit more boozy than previous years. Overall a favorite of mine. Last year of this beer so get it while you can. Cheers!
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-868) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!
Little hazy dark red brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, lots of vanilla, dried fruits, bourbon, some alcohol, milk chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol, lots of caramel, milk chocolate, bit sugary, alcohol. Aftertaste: caramel, sweet, lots of vanilla, chocolate.