alexsdad06 (3799) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by either dudeabide or b3shine (notes from 6/2012). Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized beige head that left some spotty lace. The aroma has caramel, molasses, hints of cherry and dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and some alcohol heat. The flavor again has quite a bit of sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and additional dark fruits, molasses and wood. Viscous mouth feel. Enjoyable.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with no head. Boozy aroma. Taste is sweet molasses and vanilla.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2012. What a nice extra. Black with a crema head. Intense aroma of bourbon, dates, soy, chocolate and caramel. A sharp tang then a brief shudder as the alcohol hits. Taste is bourbon, raisin, fig, molasses and spice with lingering oak. A big brew; could use some mellowing.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a deeper blackish pour, some good thickness, mellow legs. Some brownish glow in the body, edges. Good haziness, frothy tannish head. Dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are toasty, carmelized and a gentle cocoa. A bit older, firmer oak, some vanilla, some tannic barrel and gentle dark fruit. Some cocoa, firmer whiskey comes in as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker, some firmer barrel presence. Firmer barrel leads into some heated ABV on the palate, some roasty and cocoa elements, toffee and toast, gentle dark fruit, spice, more cocoa. A firm barrel presence in the middle, touch of thickness but not too much in body. Backend is a bit more toasty, biscuits and caramel, some vanilla, gentle toasted coconut feel. Gentle dark and dried fruit, firmer whiskey, barrel and vanilla. A bit of toffee, toast. Firm barrel. Pretty solid one, with some interesting dark fruit jabs.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Julian for this one! Nice big reddish brown pour, tan head. Loads of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, prunes, raisins, light sherry notes. Yeah this is big and boozy and I love it.
Damico (2202) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is surprisingly awesome! The beer pours unclear dark chestnut brown, almost black, with a decent dark beige head. The aroma is so delicious, bringing vanilla, big bourbon, spices, and some brown sugar. The flavor brings sweet vanilla, brown sugar, some molasses, and tobacco. The blend is big and so nice.
PBAndJ (2) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Always great. Perfectly balanced malt, barrel character, alcohol, bitterness, and roast. Huge aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, and caramel.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet is malty and vinous - loaded with purple grapes, dried fuzzy and dark fruits, and a nice chocolate/brownie characteristic. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet, deeply roasted and chocolaty with heaps of dried dark fruits that carry right on through to the chocolaty, carbonic conclusion. Huge thanks to newcigarz for providing this world class beer!
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage, courtesy of a friend. Thanks, Chris! Pours a murky, oily dark-brown color with a good bit of viscosity; thin perimeter of medium-tan bubbles. Generous, beautifully layered aroma on this: caramel, toffee, dates, and other dried fruits; well-placed oxidation and a barrel character that’s seamlessly attached: lush bourbon, light vanilla and spice, and a vinous heat throughout. Full body, with a modest (but lively and tiny-bubbled) carbonation that gives this a very pleasant texture in the mouth. Caramel, dried fruits, and a perfectly integrated bourbon-barrel character that follows the aroma notes: lush, seamless, with loads of lightly oxidized, caramel-driven goodness; this is a damn fine beer. Long finish of caramel, soft bourbon, and a touch of wood.
ThirstyBird (761) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 rating - thanks jedwards! Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a mild light brown head. Smell is rich caramel and toasted malt. Taste is rich buttery caramel, dark fruit, bourbon, slightly dry at the end. Medium body with fine carbonation. Tasty stuff.