DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Bomber->snifter. Medium murky brown with bare head. Aroma is boozy molasses. Taste is bready malt, molasses, booze. Bitter cloying aftertaste. Too boozy. Cellaring should be required to soften the harshness. 3.7. Update: draft at Mekong. Either it is better on tap or my palate has advanced, probably both. Much better balanced, and not as overly boozy, than I recall on first tasting in May 2013. Very tasty.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours attractive deep brown with some red highlights. Big, sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla nose and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel.
Christpuncher (1634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am at hater of this top rated beer. Way too strong. The bourbon has a huge bite and it almost has no stout flavoring. Pours dark brown in color. Had at bittles and cans
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Rate #700! 2012 Bottle from trade with dak. Thanks! Pours a murky brownish with some ruby reddish purple at the edges. Small brownish yellow head that recedes quickly. Aroma if huge vanilla and. Aramel biscuits, sweet brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Awesome! Flavor is caramel vanilla up front, bready malts, molasses, more vanilla and a bit of licorice, and ending with hot bourbon notes. Lingering dry oak and bourbon on the palate. Finishes surprisingly smooth and easy. A great balance of sweet and oakiness. Plenty of rich hearty body to handle the barrels. Low to medium carbonation. A sipper and oh so yum. Glad I got some of this for the 700 milestone!
Trying a relatively fresh 2014 bottle on 6/9/14 courtesy of Doug. Amazing lasting vanilla finish on this with more dark fruit than I remember from the last time, less caramel and more bready toffee. Still as yummy as before. Mmmm.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 version. Draft and bottle. Bourbon, vanilla, and oaky on the nose. Add a little toffee to the flavor and you get one heck of a barley wine with some dark fruitiness on the back end.
jcos (1605) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on January 22nd, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a opaque maroon brown.
Aroma: Aroma of oak, cherry, boozy faint chocolate.
Taste: Oak, cherry, caramel malt, chocolate overtones.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste, covers 12.5% well.
Summary: Pretty impressive stuff. Definitely a sipper, with complex flavors that are more than most beers. A great treat, not an everyday thing.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ hard liver ’09 - dark brown with spotty white head; thick, woody aromas of sugar, molasses, vanilla; thin, strong and silky smooth; not as full bodied as i like, but overall a pretty dope BW that lived up to my excitement when this was spotted on the menu
cpetrone84 (1584) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark cola brown with a dark tan head. Nose is wood, light bourbon, cooked brown sugar, lightly roasted malt and a touch of ash. Taste is strong barrel and bourbon, chocolate and brown sugar, slightly burnt. A bit of green hops in back. A hint too much sugar. Full bodied, thins in finish, strong carb, a hint slick.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(22 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours dark ruby with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, caramel, coconut, vanilla, chocolate and a trace of molasses. Would love to keep smelling but I couldn’t wait. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, buttery, silky, slightly sticky. Fine syrupy film and light traces of lacing briefly coat the inside of the snifter. Flavor of bourbon, wood and warm coconut. Warm, smooth chocolate, caramel and bit of molasses. Massive ABV is well-integrated and warming. The warm bourbon and coconut combo is really the killer here. Outstanding in every way.
keanex (1575) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Three Part Cellar Review
Sucaba bottle, bottled January 3, 2013.
Appearance: The body is clear with a great ruby to mahogany hue. The head is thin with poor retention that settles into a thin ring.
Aroma: On the pour the nose is nicely balanced with coconut, oak and bourbon coming through. After it’s sat for a moment the coconut is dominate with dark fruits and toffee backing it.
Taste: Sweet malts on the intro with a strong mid-taste of bourbon, oak, coconut and brown sugar. This is a bit hot at the moment, but very drinkable.
Palate: Thick with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is great, there’s no doubting that, but after my vertical it seems that Sucaba is best with a few years on it. This is very drinkable fresh, but it certainly benefits from a year or more on it.
Sucaba bottle, bottled January 5, 2012. ~1 year old.
Appearance: The body is clear and a deep mahogany with garnet hues, a beautiful color. A thin tan head foams up briefly, but settles quickly into a thin foamy coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong on the oak at first with a touch of bourbon on the first smell. Upon swirling I smell some booze, vanilla, and faint coconut coming off a bit musky.
Taste: This is very sweet and syrupy right away with a strong toffee flavor intertwining with dark fruits. The oak and bourbon are very light, only appearing on the finish that lingers a bit after the sip coming off a bit hot.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall: This comes off a bit too oaky and unbalanced on the nose than the 2 year old one and a bit unrefined in the flavor. It’s great, but it isn’t as good as the 2 year old one.
Rating: 7, 5, 7, 5, 15
Abacus bottle, bottled February 18, 2011. ~2 years old.
Appearance: The body has good clarity and a beautiful garnet/mahogany hue. Little lights comes through the body, it’s very dark. A short tan head escapes the body but quickly settles into a foamy ring.
Aroma:The aroma is sweet, a touch musky even. Brown sugar and toffee dominate the nose with dark fruits. The barrel notes are subdued providing a light vanilla and a touch of oak, very little bourbon is noted.
Taste: Very sweet, this drinks like a cognac. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with medicinal dark fruits overlying the sweet syrupy thickness. The finish has a bit of alcohol, hinting at the bourbon, but very mellow with a lingering syrupy fruit finish with a strong coconut presence.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, light carbonation.
Overall: I had this fresh once and from memory I think fresh is better. This is excellent though and has certainly aged very nicely. I think of this as sipping on a nice cognac rather than a beer. Well done.
Rating: 8, 4, 8, 5, 16