kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served at a tasting at Flossmoor 08/23/08.
Super dark brown, no head. Strong alcohol bourbon barrel aroma. Mishmash of flavors that finishes a bit tart some sweet roast character. Body is more tart than sweet. A bit fizzy feeling in the mouth. Good, unusual.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flossmoor. This was super impressive and one of the better brews i’ve had in a while. Aroma came through with strong notes of bourbon, and subtle fruit and brown sugar hints. Flavor tasted of cherries, dark fruits, slight oakiness, and some dark malts with bourbon. The palate was nice and tart, and just a bit sour. A very complex brew across the board. Very, very, good IMO and definitely worth the trip!!
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wislpy beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate and bourbon aroma,
Flavor: hot sweet bourbon flavor, nice chocolate, light oaky bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Aggressive syrupy sipper with too much barrel presence
How: Tab at brewpub. Pre-Dark-Lord-Day party 2008
The look: Black body with a small tan head
In long: Very sweet and very syrupy. Lots of barrel, lots of black liquorice, more barrel, lots of black liquorice, vanilla, dark fruits concentrate, more barrel, dark toffee and molasses. I don’t know what the abv is on this thing but it is too much. All that barrel gave it a single-malt whiskey character. Unpleasantly aggressive. I understand this was Flossmoor’s anniversary beer from the previous year, a beer that was aged one year in barrel. At the Pre-DLD 08 party it was served with an additional year of barrel aging. Might have been very good when first served one year ago but the beer I drank had just too much barrel in it. That’s like cooking a cake for an anniversary and keeping it in the oven for next year’s anniversary.
hopscotch (8861) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... DLD’08... Clear, very dark, beautiful ruby ale. Vinous notes of red wine and medium sherry with lesser notes of vanilla, chocolate and sourmash. Medium to full-bodied with almost no carbonation. Sweet, chocolaty flavor. Sugary, smoky finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is brownish amber with a thin off white head...smell is very bourbony with lots of oak and vanilla...taste was sweet and rich with lots of caramel and bourbon...chewy mouthfeel...
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre-DLD. Draft at Flossmoor. Tawny pour with no head. Aroma of alcohol sweet malt and molasses. Heavy alcohol and toffee taste.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor for the pre-DLD event. It was solid brown in color with a thin head. Aromas and flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and malt. This was concentrated and had solid weight in the mouth.
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep brown with very little head sticking around. The aroma picked up lots of sweet vanilla and bourbon sugars upfront with semi-sweet chocolate and molasses not far behind.. toasted oak provided a nice accent. The flavor had caramel, chocolate, molasses, and toffee at the core with a heavy barrel impression (vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon.. the usual suspects).. sour fruit skins provided an enjoyable accent.. surprisingly well-balanced. Drier, grainy, and calculated on the palate with good sour contrasts.. I really dug this.
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor for the pre-DLD event. Pours rich dark brown to maroon colored with a very light head. Smell is fruity, vinuous, tart, oaky and complex. Very unique, dry fruity flavor almost bridging the gap between beer and wine. Very unique and hard to describe as it was unlike anything else I’ve had, but was quite enjoyable.