BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Deep mahogany hue. Big raisin, prune, malty aroma. Deep complex palate, plenty of english toffee, pruney malts combined with a tempered citrussy finish. Notes of licorice and chocolate add some complexity and depth. Burnt treacly aftertaste too.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@dmacs-750ml bottle-thanks to jtclockwork for sharing–pours a dissipating tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/licorice, roasty, secondary earthy. Taste is bourbon/wood, dark malt-anise/licorice, roasty, secondary earthy/smoke, dark fruit. 3.8
*110523- 22oz bottle-thanks to hbmason for sharing-pours a retining thin tan head and brown color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit-cherry, dark malt, bourbon. Taste is sweet dark fruit-cherry, dark malt, bourbon. 4.1
MayorofMayfair (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
5/12/2011 in bottle poured into chalice. there was a lot going on in this beer. hints of tobacco, dark chocolate, and Bourbon. will be drinking again when wallet allows.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Owen. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark dark brown with a rocky cream coloured head. Amazing nose shows plenty of sweet malt and dark caramel. As it warms slightly vanilla, coconut, dark stone fruits and some dark chocolate becomes more apparent. Great stuff. Flavours are very much in line with the nose. Sweet dark and very intense. Full mouthfeel. Amazing beer.
Hair6a11 (1321) - Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle: Pour is Dark Brown with amber highlights; This off white head retains on the average side, but it does not disappear . I have to say ; I am in love with this beer. Bourbon, Vanilla, booze, cocoa, marshmallows on the nose ; This brew is fantastic on the tongue, however. Why? Because it is incredibly smooth - Coconut, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, oak on the tongue ; a bit of booziness. Cream from the head, at least initially. Deceptive ABV here - fantastic, sweet sipper here. As I said - I loved it.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter growler from Bowery Whole Foods. Clear deep ruby brown with a short-lived 1/2 finger beige head. Big bourbon and brown sugar caramel nose, followed by moderate vanilla and old woody notes. Some moist tobacco is also present. Flavor follows suit with dominant bourbon and raw alcohol notes dominating with the caramel and brown sugar. They don’t blend entirely well, though. The raw alcohol, the wood, the bourbon, the malts just don’t quite meld together for me. Finish was semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, some alcohol heat noted--about par for a 13% beer. Low carbonation with a full body. Good BA BW, but I seem to remember it being tastier when I had it from a growler at Woodshop in early ’10. As well as this is done, I still think the first bottled version of Marin BA Old Dipsea (not the waxed brett one) blows this out of the water.
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2011 Reserve Series - 13% ABV. Rather dark, opaque brown with a short, foamy beige head. Aroma is big coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, charred caramel, sweet malt, and soft alcohol. Taste is big toasted coconut, vanilla, wet oak, burnt caramel, rum soaked dark fruit, booze, and sweet malt. Body is thick and full while being borderline syrupy. Mild alcohol warmth and a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more vanilla and toasted coconut along with sweet malt, light toffee, toasted caramel, oak, bourbon/booze, and fruit notes. Damn tasty all the way around!
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. The aroma on this has some nice bourbon notes. Not too sweet. More of a woody, barrel character in this. Some pitted fruits and raisins are also detected. Some leather and tobacco are also in this. A very decadent aroma that is reminiscent of North Coast Bourbon Old Stock. Fantastic. Moderately transparent ruddy-mahogany body with a bit of a smallish off-white head. Decent legging. Starts fairly sweet with some brown sugar flavors, before some bourbon takes over in the middle. Tobacco, some roastiness also follow. There is also a dry woody, barrel character. This finishes a bit boozy and somewhat ethanolic. A little harsh around the edges, but still really tasty beer. Not quite in the class of Bourbon Old Stock.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep, dark, and sexy black with a nose of gently aged bourbon and oak, roasted sweet chocolate, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Flavor follows suit but the bourbon and oak is deeper and a tad musty. Thick and chewy on the tongue. Awesome beer.
hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oured from a bottle at Hoffer’s Cigar Bar
A: Dark brown, nearly black with a finger of tan head.
S: Bourbon, bourbon and some bourbon. There is a little vanilla, but really just alcohol and bourbon.
T: Follows from the nose, hot bourbon and some vanilla. I really wanted this to be a bit sweeter, but it just is not there.
M: Smooth, silky, easy drinking at the high ABV
O: I had high hopes for this beer and while it gets a good rating, I was hoping for just a touch more sweetness and a little less bourbon. By comparison, Alpine Great blows this away in terms of sweetness and complexity.