BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled during Julio’s Spring Beer Fest. This one was too big for me. I wanted to like it but was overwhelmed by the alcohol taste and burn. Other flavors were maple, oak, and fruit though the bourbon notes were the most pronounced.
dwm1034 (662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to be one of SHERM1016’s friends on this tasting! Split with the group....nose and initial taste is soooooo sweet....maple syrup screams from the glass! Sweet and hot....mellowed a little as it warmed....boozy says it best....tasty but too hot for me
jake65 (2727) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Steve – thanks! Glowing orange hue with a smaller tan head. Thins out pretty quick to leave merely a ring. Nose is sweet and potent blend of maple and bourbon. Taste is maple syrup, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla really take over the taste profile and its barely evident this is a wheat wine, but its in the background. A ramped up version of ’09 Nemesis for sure. 1/3 of the bottle was enough for me, glad to have had shared with good company.
sherm1016 (1177) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, split with friends. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, raspberry maybe, some bourbon. Heavy, syrupy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, boozy, bourbon, nutty, with a hot, boozy finish.
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is complex, full of maple syrup, caramel and bourbon. Flavour brings out loads of vanilla upfront, followed by maple syrup, and a little booze. Very sweet gr the vanilla, but not cloying in any way. Surprisingly nice - I was expecting a nastily cloying sweet bomb. Very nice stuff.
superspak (2832) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapt lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, wheat, vanilla, coconut, toffee, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, light floral, and oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of sweet malts and maple syrup bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, wheat, vanilla, coconut, toffee, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, light floral, and oak earthiness. Slight earthy oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, wheat, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of sweet malt and maple syrup bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheat wine. All around fantastic complexity and balance of sweet malt and maple syrup bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
solidfunk (4477) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as big as I thought it would be. Some barrel, sweet hops and some boozy fruitiness. Sweet malt. Pours orange without much head or lacing. Founders event at Churchkey.
tgncc (2890) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is bourbon, sweet, maple syrup, fruit, bread. The appearance is clear amber, off-white head. The flavor is sweet, bourbon, maple syrup, fruit, bread. Like a barley wine with bourbon and maple syrup. The finish is boozy, bourbon. Almost no hops.
Cool beer, but you have to like sweet boozy beers.
akoeninger (489) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Dexter's Pub. Opaque caramel color with thick off white foamy head. Tons of lacing. Nose is vanilla, maple syrup, caramel and bourbon. Taste is complex; vanilla and caramel up front with maple and bourbon coming in later and in the finish. It really does have layers of flavor. Smooth and full bodied. This beer finishes long with caramel and vanilla. Very well balanced not overly sweet or cloying at all. I bet this ages amazingly.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
translucent amber, thin lacing. Sweet nose, tons of cotton candy and grass, light fruit pulp. Heavy oxidation at front palate, tons of sugar and maple across mid, honey before oppressively sweet, incredibly thick and sticky finish.