Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster glass.
A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Nice retention on the head, it recedes slowly to a thick ring and leaves nice splotches of lace.
S: Dark fruits, caramel and some light bakerís chocolate. The barrel is there faintly with some light bourbon and oak.
T: Light bourbon and some heat up front. Sweet honey, dark fruits and toffee all present. There is a spicy hop flavor as well that seems to creep up and recedes at different spots during each sip.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.
O: I thought this was solid overall. There was a little too much heat from the booze for me even at 12%. The beer did get better as warmed up so Iíd suggest waiting a touch before consuming given the opportunity.
Serving type: on-tap
Zymurgeist2 (988) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Harryís Hofbrau. Pours a deep amber, clear with an off-white head. Much like a barley wine, this beer is very sweet and viscous. Overt Belgian candi-sugar and rich and complex flavors throughout.
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle cracked with some brahs at Ryans, pours dark red-brown with notes of plum, sticky pudding, vanilla, caramel sugar and oak, Fuller bodied with medium heat and plenty stickiness.
bmerz (701) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle few months. pours clear brown no head. Aroma is Bourbon caramel light coffee green raisins. Flavor is sweet major and Bourbon fruity sweetness with striking bitterness and bite that balances it out. Wood char and sour mash come through and a bread yeast just peeks through. Feel is surprisingly dry and textured after what starts out with the potential of silk. Really intense but not overpowering. Love it.
Ontape (279) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dang, this is good, 13+% ainít usually my scene, but this bangs. Pours deep brown with head thatís almost yellow. Fig, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, slight bourbon nose. More too, itís nicely complex and layered. Taste is exceptionally balanced for a strong ale -- booze present but kept in check, sweet but not overly so. Did I mention vanilla? It bears repeating. One of the most drinkable strong ales Iíve had, a real treat.
Danyel (684) - Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is very strong of figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, belgiany, vanilla- lots of aromatics. Tastes is medium to full bodied- coconut, vanilla, sweet, rich, medium carbonation. Very good.
kerenmk (2287) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Black with frothy beige head. Caramel, earth, a little marzipan aroma. Very sweet, coconut and a little roasty in the mouth. Oily texture, heavy body, no carbonation, long, sweet finish.
slowrunner77 (729) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not sure of the evolution of this beer, how it evolved from a tasty slightly oversweet barleywine, to an even more tasty, slightly oversweet "central coast" quad, but itís bottled...and thatís a good thing. Belgian yeast and candi sugar are present under all that barrel-aged goodness. Very fruity, with brandy and bourbon coming through in the nose and on the palate. Sticky as suggested, though not hot coming in at 13%+. Really enjoyed this. Not quite up there with Abacus and Parabola, but not far off, either
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft at Brookland Pint in DC) Dark brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, bourbon. Medium to full body. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit, vanilla, strong alcohol; slight tartness, cough syrup.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber-brown beer with a tan head. Sweet malt and dried fruit aroma with light yeast. Rich malt and dried fruit flavor with light yest and light red fruit. Fuller bodied. Caramel and dried fruit linger with light yeast and light plum.
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Dark brown with moderate beige head. Molasses, toffee, dark fruit, spices. Bit syrupy. Complex and good.