Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with a few of us. Some whiskey in the nose, some sweet malt flavor. This was not my style of beer. I havenít warmed up to barleywines or old ales yet, so this wasnít a favorite of mine.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer poured a rusty red color with little head. The aroma was sweet with toffee, vanilla and wood. There was also some dankness that made me think of cellars. Nice aroma that I like in this type of beer. The taste was toffee with some herbs and a little medicine. There was also some leather in there. A good one I woudl love to try with more age on it.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a light red with a small off white head. aroma of oak malt and alcohol. taste is much of the same with a stronger malt prescence. I know that was spelled wrong. damn fine beer. Kind of drunk though.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Smells like whiskey, thought without a tart sour-mash smell; finishes instead with alluring vanilla notes. Light cherry-cola appearance, with minimal head and lacing. Full, viscous mouthfeel showing plenty of bourbon and maple syrup, balanced with a toasted vanilla softness. A very well-balanced oak-aged ale, which would hold up nicely against a cigar. Impressive.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off white head. The aroma is of caramel, sweet fruits and a hint of bourbon. The flavor is really rich. A really warming beer. Dark fruits, a hint of wood from the aging. The alcohol is well hidden, but hits hard.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mahagony pour thick off white head nice lace. Bourbon notes toffees & buttered popcorn. Palate is light creamy well coated. Flavor is mellow to the point of non descript bourbon butter, sweet.. pretty boring.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-caramel amber with a very small head that was gone pretty much instantly. big sweet bourbon/caramel nose with lots of sweetness. light sour note as well. lots of dark fruit on the flavors with some notes of alchol and bourbon. really, somewhat one-dimensional, but definately not a bad things here. body is somewhat lacking with very little carbonation. not bad, but definately something i would not have again.
TomDecapolis (4436) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #850...Thanks to hopdog for the trade, 2006 bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber with small floaties and a smaller light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, light alcohol and wood. Flavor is a huge mix of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light hop bitterness, toasty malts, even some gin. Alcohol rather well hidden overall.
Kevin (2049) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark hazed brown with orange hues and some nice particulates. inviting doughy strawberry & blackberry nose with some mutter and booze and wood. alcohol is here alright. a lot of plum like dark fruit. whiskey taste. very dry finish
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ted at CRBC for sharing. Pours a deep opaque brown with a light tan head that lasts and seeds beautiful lacing. The aroma is oaky malts, alcohol, ripe fruit, and a hint of brett sourness. The body is med-heavy with very light CO2. The flavors show off some bourbon character but are really malt accentuated. Lots of ripe apple with a turkish delight character that makes the beer unique and slight sourness that balances the sweet malt. The finish is sweet, warm, and lasting. Beautiful beer.