deanso (8285) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared @ Pre Borefts tasting
Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely complex smooth aftertaste. Lovely brew.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As Better Half. Poured clear reddish brown with an off white ring. Aroma of sweet fudge, dark fruit, toasted caramel malt. Full body, flavour much as the aroma, bourbon sweetness and smoothness.
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of honey, syrup and dried fruit. Sweet on the tongue. Bitterness on the end. Can taste those oak barrels. Great beer. 9.8%. 2.7std drinks. From US. 355ml
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bytemesis (6301) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to OKBeerFan! Pours hazy hazel brown, small beige head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, very rich. Flavor is medium plus sweet, light bitter, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, molasses. No real maple is left, unfortunately. A bit astringent and a bit hot, but not by any means overpowering as suggested in other reviews. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice!
Martinus (4362) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of maple syrup, malts, bourbon and vanilla. Rather sweet flavour, vanilla, malts, marmelade and syrup. Sweet vanilla finish. Interesting and nice, though I assume it would become a bit much when consuming a whole bottle.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. As Curmudgeonís Better Half. Thanks for sharing, Trevorjk!!)
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shit my rating got deleted. Not gonna go into full depth again
Saved two years for special occasion. Thought was stout. Idiot for not reading bottle. Hay notes. Boozy. Good. Whisky. Not great. My wife and I got jobs in our field in the same city. Dat shiz is awesome. Hit me up in hotlanta .... We need more good beer down here. And more open minded people..... Yeah those things.
beerbaaron (1933) - Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by a good friend for farewell. Near clear deep caramel amber. Small off-white head. Truly Unique aroma. Wonderful, complex flavor. Smooth sweet Bourbon. Vanilla. Maple syrup. Caramel Something fruity. Perhaps a touch of dark fruits, maybe some overripe or caramelized banana. Just a hint of spiciness still there in the shadows. Slick. Light syrupy. So smooth. Only a hit of alcohol. No heat. Sweet. Lighter bodied with a lovely light richness that glides over the palate. A real treat!
vyvvy (5467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice reddish / orange color with a small wispy tan head. The aroma has bourbon, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, vanilla, sweetness, toffee and a very English yeast presence. It has a fairly full body with a good amount of carbonation for having a little age on it. The taste starts much heavier on the caramel malt and assertive alcohol presence than the aroma. There is some barrel, maple, vanilla and dark fruits there, but its a bit more in the back. The finish show a caramel / maple richness and has that dark fruit and earthy presence thatís a signature to traditional old ales. This is quite nice, but think I would have like it more if Iíd opened it sooner.
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle--thanks, D. And thanks to S for the funny story about the botched previous attempt at enjoying this beer. Pours a clear very dark amber with no head or lace. Big sweet nose, vanilla hits first, then maple takes over, with soft apricots from the bourbon. Pure dessert at every stage. Sticky thick still body. Maple, apricots, caramel, and vanilla on the mid palate. All very sweet and sticky and heavy and thick. A little too big and way too sweet, but lots of nice touches and well-executed.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. Donít know how this slipped. On tap at Jose Pistolaís. Aroma of maple syrup, cherry, oak, and sugar. Pours red with a small foamy head. Taste is oak, maple syrup, heavy malt, bourbon, cherry, and brown sugar. Very sweet but some wonderful complexity. Overall, a little too sweet not to share. Bottle is starting to oxidize and lose its Maple FYI.