kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at GABF 2009. Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, light toffee and molasses. Flavor is about the same. Medium body with a pleasing malty and boozy finish.
Prufrockstar (1820) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(2012 bottle) Currently my favorite beer to sip slowly with friends. Marvelous deep ruby red appearance, feels almost more like a rich supple red wine than beer. Taste is layered, includes at times everything listed in the commercial description, but combines to be more than almost any description could capture. FW has created a masterpiece.
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kevinator (1820) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well done. Aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon. Dark brown color with a thin head. Smooth brandy-like palate with light carbonation. A blend of strong flavors from caramel to vanilla to burn sugar with sweet finish and bourbon burn.
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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.
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Hops and Pie. Hot nose of coconut, oak, and vanilla. Full bodied, but thinned by the alcohol, sweet with some wood and a hot finish. This is young and fresh, but it was a disappointment-I think it needs to come together with some time. Terrific, rich toffee burst in the aftertaste long after you think it’s done. I have some ’11 I’ve been laying down. Will need to revisit one of those in about a year and take some more time with it.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, hops and chocolate.
Appearance: Leather brown with a smallish head.
Flavor: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, butter scotch. Also some wood and hops tucked inbetween all that sweetness and bourbon.
Palate: Smooth and silky.
Overall: As good as an anniversary offering, if not better.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(on tap @ the brewery)dark brown body with a brown head.aroma and flavor are an awesome blend of oak,bourbon,vanilla,cotton candy,and malts.very smotth for 13%.
Dazz3 (1790) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours brown with a small Brown head. Smells and tastes nutty, abit coffee and alot of candy malty, abit figs and sadly to much alcohol.
BMMillsy (1788) - 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.
jcos (1778) - 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.