ineedbeer (969) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dominated by caramel malt notes with complimenting vanilla and raisin. As it warms the bourbon and hops become more noticeable. The alcohol also becomes more noticeable as it warms but never reaches a hot level. Esters also become more pronounced.
Pours a fairly clear burnt amber with a light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a film in the center and edges. Faint lacing with long legs.
Flavor starts with some sweet caramel notes - caramel, burnt sugar, raisins and plums. Mid palate the barrel quality appears, bourbon and vanilla. The finish has some slightly astringent hop bitterness and light hop flavor. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol heat along with some residual sweetness and lingering bitterness. The finish is where this beer currently falls apart.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. The astringency is moderate and fairly unpleasant. The alcohol heat is moderately high but fairly clean.
For all the complaints this beer gets it is surprisingly good. As it ages the alcohol heat and the astringency should mellow out. The finish is a bit slick as well which will hopefully get a bit better.
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lillunken (24) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Köpt på Linköping beer expo. Väldigt stor och tung pjäs. Arom som en kraftig barley wine. Mycket av både humle och malt i smaken. Ganska söt och lite oljig eftersmak.
BIK89 (22) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Köpt på Linköping Beer Expo. Grumlig. Väldigt tung både i smak och arom. Lite kolsyra.
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Amber. Boozy, malt, wood stale hops. Sweet, woody and fruity.
sonnycheeba (4031) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle. Pours clear copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, bready malts, light alcohol spice, toast, and some faint dark fruit notes. Flavor is boozy malt character, medium hop bitterness, light toast, and some barrel character. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
emacgee (4239) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean sharp copper pour with one finger of khaki tan head. Dense and rich aroma with burnt sugar, toasted grain, piney hops, resin, alcohol. Strong in the mouth, touch of mint upfront with burnt sugar and alcohol. Medium full bodied and warming finish.
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this beer. It was brewed back in 2012, so 3 years old. Not sure what it was like 3 years ago, but today it was fantastic. Sweet bread yeast aroma. Big malt taste with a log of fig raisin flavor. Excellent.
Damico (2763) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick unclear copper amber with a smaller sandy white head. Aroma brings sharp but pretty clean sweet malts, not resiny or biting at all. Do it mellowed a bit and nicely over a few years, almost herbal honey. The flavor brings sweet and smooth boozy honey spring fresh notes that go pretty smooth with just a bit of heat warming and nice.
48FanInCali (782) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - nothing very good about this one. Faint hop bitterness. Sudsy pour with a somewhat funky nose. Little sweetness with a mild booze finish. One dimensional.
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merc7186 (2366) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Caramel, Bready Malts, Raisins
Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Mild Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Boozy, Caramel, Sweet Bread, Raisins
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Boozy
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle via trade, thanks to Tim! Shared at Chriso’s Christmas tasting, London. It pours a rich golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is, sweet, rich and fruity, with notes of caramel and ripe apricots. Taste is again sweet, fruity and boozy. Really intense on the sweet boozy side. Overall, tasty but a real sipper