Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at RBWG thanks to four peaks.
Pours a nice black with a light brown head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, belgian yeasts, chocolate, caramel, roast. Flavor is dark fruits, bourbon, belgian yeasts, oaky tannins and a bit of sweetness. Nice brew.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An amazing donation from some really great guys. Thanks! Dark pour. Nice saison yeast aroma with some oak and fruit. Flavor is a really nice blend of oak, light spice, fruit and yeast. Rather delicious!
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Tempe location as well as at RBWG 2011. Pours charcoal in color with a ruby tint around the edges and a creamy brown head. Smells and tastes predominatly of bourbon, cinnamon, toasted coconut, and cranberries. Additional notes of tannins, belgian yeast, and oak in the flavor. Round red grape and biscuity malt profile on the mid with a dryness on the finish. Delicious. Next to Sirius Black this is the best beer Iíve ever had from Four Peaks and maybe from Arizona. Thank you for donating a 5 gallaon keg for our Winter Gathering. Definitely above and beyond.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ RBWG - Pours a black color with a small light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted oak but itís not too strong. Flavor was much of the same but the oak was a little more pronounced. Didnít get a lot of the Belgian aspect of the beer. Medium body. A nice beer. Also, Iíd like to give a shout out to Four Peaks. The most hospitable brewery I visited the whole trip. Thanks.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Growler shared by a generous soul who brought this back from RBWG.
A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black with a thin off-white/tan head.
S: Starts off with lots of butter and rubbing alcohol. Definitely some barrel notes (dark char on it) with a touch of vanilla. Maybe a bit of a white wine aroma to it as well. Some mild sweetness and dark, roasted malts. Maybe a little dark fruits.
T: The flavor is a bit better with less butter emphasis. A really strong charred oak flavor which is nice in small amounts, but it sort of wears on you after awhile and becomes a bit like chewing on a piece of tanbark. Sort of bland in terms of the actual beer, as all you can really taste is the barrel and some of the butter.
M: The body is medium with a low level of carbonation.
D: Not much positive to say about this one. Not worth the tick.