ryecatcher (774) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big ass bottle (I think this is 750mL as opposed to a bomber). Pours a medium honey color, clear with a lot of floaties and thin head that gave new meaning to the words ’no retention to speak of’. Nose is a bit of booze barrel, hint of cinnamon, damp cardboard -- luckily this ends up tasting better than the appearance and aroma would indicate. Mouth is medium bodied, kinda slick on the tongue, fairly sweet, lotta bourbon up front, vanilla, figs, creaminess, honey, finish is wheaty and then mild bitterness lingering. Not bad, but not worth the bottle price (same as the other ’Backstage Series’ to date. I’d recommend just grabbing a four pack of Backwoods Bastard instead. More BA beer -- and better -- at a cheaper price.
jayzz (321) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet vanilla. coconut, and a wonderful mouthfeel drive this beer to the top shelf. Gotta try it if u see it.
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Brett, Thanks man. The label is exactly right, sweet. man this is a sweet beer. No shock but the barrel is present nice and vanilla like flavors with a touch of bourbon heat, but that is quickly squashed by the sweetness. just pow sweet.
RobertDale (3411) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Comes reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of maple. Very sweet, almost too much so.
BVery (6128) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear amber orange pour with a soapy white head. Rich sweet caramel, plum, candi sugar. Smooth pretty dense palate. Nice.
shrubber85 (7561) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Orange malt aroma. Murky amber with small head. Sweet orange-caramel malt and moderately bitter alcohol/herbal flavor. Pleasant - ABV well hidden.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Surprising tap at The Fickle Peach, at least this was served in a snifter and looked very pretty... however I will keep this short and sweet (get it)... way too sweet and way too boozy. An utter maple overblown mess and it took me over a hour to finish the 8 ounce snifter. Well at least I know not to track down a bottle.
wchesser (1153) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Westmeister! Thanks brother! Light copper orange. Nose is maple syrup, sweet malts, light toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavors of wheat, biscuit, light orange citrus. Hot. Finishes with a slight astringency as it warms that I have come to find in beers with maple syrup, but over all very sweet, and a sipper to split with a friend or two. Will revisit in a year or so.
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear golden amber color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of wheat, caramel, butterscotch, bourbon, wood. The taste is caramel, wheat, bourbon, wood, mild hops and butterscotch. Medium bodied, low carbonation, strong alcohol heat. Nice sipper.
maekchu (2093) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Happy Gnome. Honey, thick caramel, and fumes. Hazy golden amber color. Initial has really thick caramel, concentrated and super sweet / maple emerges in mid, long with considerable alc. warmth / reaches a sort of balance in finish, though the tongue is probably burned and shocked by that point. Heavy body, a bit sticky. The maple is not overwhelming and the wheat keeps it lighter than most beers of this strength.