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 baker’s 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 I’d suggest waiting a touch before consuming given the opportunity.
Serving type: on-tap
Iphonephan (3254) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Snallygaster 2014 in D.C. Pours a clear dark cola with an ecru head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of caramel, oak and vanilla. Bitter roast finish.
Westchesterco (946) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tp In dc iritis. Dark brown with. Slight he’s the rom is rostedcoffee the taste is lovely smooth bourbon coffee yummy.
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours a very opaque brown color--so much so that no light penetrates through even shallow pours--and there is no head, only the smallest of light tan rings around the edge. The aroma blends molasses, brown sugar, oak, roasted malts, fig raisin, caramel malts, and a hint of malts; the taste is such an indulgence due to the high sweetness blended well with a mild umami, slight sourness, and a touch of booze flavor, the final of which continues and warms through the finish with a hearty malt flavor alongside it. The palate fuses a oily texture, medium-full body, and a nearly flat carbonation that dances alongside the alcohol warmth, and the mouthfeel only enhances the flavors this beer brings.
Gerbeer (1780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark brown with very light head. Aromas of vanilla, oak, brown sugar,and dark stewed fruit. Flavors of brown sugar, raisins, light molasses, light bourbon, and sweet malts. Overall quite sweet but big and warm. Expecting something much harsher for the young age. Impressive.
Jow (2155) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at end of History tasting. nose is sweet bourbon and vanilla. tastes of lots of vanilla, bourbon sweetness, caramel, coconut, and molasses. very tasty and creamy texture
jtclockwork (8423) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jester Deal at End of History tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, toffee and oak. Some molasses. Full bodied.
vtafro (3425) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted and barrel aged tones, sweet and other malty aromas. Sweet vanilla, oak and whiskey tones, touch of booze but not overwhelming.
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At jtclockwork’s. The aroma is fruit, bourbon, bread. The appearance is deep brown, thin head. The flavor is toffee, fruit, bread, candi, bourbon. Thick, creamy body. Absolutely beautiful.
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog...I think Ferris shared this bottle. Dark brown with a thick golden head. Beautiful chocolatey Christmas cake aroma. Densely flavoured palate full of rich dark malts, sweet but not cloying, warming but not harsh. Firestone Walker does it again!
tectactoe (1858) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Doug. Super deep brown & ruby body without much head formating taking place, aside from a slightly bubbly, ecru-colored collar around the edge. Sticky sweet aroma of dark plums, prunes, & figs lacquered in a bath of boozy caramel, bourbon, melted brown sugar, molasses, toffee. etc... More like a barley wine or old ale than a quad, it seems. A little black cherry & vanilla, too. Wow, now THAT’S sweet. Insanely sweet out of the gate. Tons of residual sweetness & unfermented malt sugars. Liquid brown sugar, caramel, & toffee coating an array of dark fruits; dates, plums, figs, cherry, a little bit of grape, even. Displaying the "brighter" side of the "dark" fruits. Heavy undertones of bourbon, barrel induced vanillin, very light coconut & anise, & just a tiny sprinkle of coca dust. Lives up to the namesake thanks to the sticky sweet, Bit O’ Honey mouth feel. It’s a big beer. It’s a complex beer. It’s definitely good. But a little too over the top sweet to be called "great" (or enjoyed in quantities larger than 6 oz).