RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, Iím not surprised that there wasnít much foam.
Smell; wow, thereís a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? Thereís dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and Iím also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great.
Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but Iím picking up some coconut, that wasnít present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldnít want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.
fitwitchik (367) - USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. snifter clear caramel.
Aroma is sweet-so sweet with some booze reminds me of maple syrup.
Flavor reminds me of a strong barleywine with more malt. Rich & thick. So nice and well done. Each year I look forward to this brew & each year I am happy to consume. Satisfied.
Gerardgathier (367) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt raisins caramel, deep sweet taste smooth body, nice malty nose, awesome.
scotchzombie (367) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent rusty red brown with a soapy yellow tan head that settles slowly. A bit of wet, short-lived lacing. Aroma is earthy oak, malts, molasses and darkfruits. Taste is a nice balance of dank and musty oak, sweet molasses and vanilla and prunes and a bed of bitterness. Finishes with a warming swarm of alcohol. Super smooth. Best of its style that I've had. Yum.
njager246 (365) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks Eric! Copper with a little head after poor.. smooth with hints of oak and molasses... great beer!
hohops (365) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is amber with a small, diminishing white head. Big aroma of caramel, raisin, malt and hops. Full-bodied taste with caramel and maltiness with a very bitter finish. Very good, does not feel like 9.8% at all.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with thin white head. Caramel and some pine hops. Toffee notes with a bit of booze burn. Oily on palate with slight hop bitterness. Also tried a bottle of this a year old, which lost some hopiness but was very smooth. Great Beer
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this at a tasting in Amherst WI. I thought it was pretty good. My mom, whoís not much of a craft beer drinker, really liked it. She must have gone back for 5 or 6 glasses of it. Of course now I see that it is almost 10% ABV so I understand why she was acting a little loopy.
Kauge (362) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (Ä 4,60 I think). Pours a beautiful translucent, somewhat cloudy, coppery orange with a small light beige head, leaving some lacing and sticking around the edge. Nose... beeeaaaautiful, makes me twitch in excitement. Itís got a strong whiskey-like oaky and peaty character combined with "raw" caramel, but also more delicate sweet aspects like vanilla, and tart red berries, indistinct spicy hops and some warmth coming from the alcohol. I honestly would just like to sniff this the whole night and then not show up at work tomorrow. Taste... equally mesmerising... Sweet like some plum wine, dark dried fruits there definitely, caramel too, raisins, alcohol, but also grainy malts in the background. Good bitterness giving it an extra kick.
Body relatively light, palate smooth and slippery, maybe even too much so for 10% - makes it kinda dangerous I think. Carbonation modest. Finishes with intense resinous bitterness amplified by alcohol, and somewhat balanced out by its raisiny sweetness.
I love such stuff. A bit less complex though than for example Ola Dubh 16, but still terribly enjoyable.
MercyDevice (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very high ratings for this but I didnít like it much. It has a malty, strong taste. Kind of reminded me of cough syrup mixed with toffee. Copper-ish brown in color with very small head.