Gerbeer (2195) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, and lots of alcohol. Flavors of same with additional coffee, dark caramel and dark chocolate notes. Very hot. Needs to cellar for a while.
RussianDragon (567) - - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 22 oz bottle carried back by Darrell, thank you sir. Pours a clear dark brown nearing black with light passing as rouge and dark lasting khaki head with sparse lacing. Aroma is intense bourbon and oak with vanilla, brown sugar, roast oak, anise, and a cinnamon complexity. Flavor is same, with medium body, muted carbonation and a whiskey char finish.
One2remeber (156) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong vanilla, brown sugar, molasses. Alcohol booze too big. Chewy caramel delicious. Overall flavors are not cleanly pronounced, too much warming booze. Not worth the $20 price tag.
OldMrCrow (2077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 Bottle sampled Dec 24, 2014
Pours a *very* deep brown with a tan head. Intense bourbon vanilla nose a bit of cinnamon and chocolate cake. Flavor is overly intense and boozy, tons of bourbon/vanilla oak, relatively sweet but with an almost sour twist that I donít much care for. A bit of salt. Super-hot on the tongue, sticky.
I bought this one after Kentucky Dark Star came out of nowhere to blow me away. But Iím hugely disappointed here. Iím not sure I can finish a snifter of this. Maybe my tastes have just completely diverged from the bigger-is-better crowd, but I donít see the point of beers like this. You canít even drink them.
tl;dr summaryThe usually excellent Fremont BOMBs on this one.
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2013 vintage - Pours cola with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is real sharp and hot with sweet bourbon, molasses, and brown sugar. Boozy molasses taste with whiskey and brown sugar. Thick and slick with mellow carbonation.
Suttree (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage. Brown, not much head. Smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses...lots of rich decadent aroma. Thick, viscous palate, with a lot of the same flavors. Some subtle hop bitterness in the end. Really good, but I am certainly glad I had a bunch of friends to share it with...
jsnicholas (320) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Bottle (22oz $16) Vintage 2014. Very dark brown with tan head. Bourbon and quite sweet to the taste. Need to update this rating with details.
Update 1/5/15: (was 3.8 now 4.0). Chocolate taste is very nice. Initially tastes sweet, but it became more like bitter sweet chocolate as I drank more.
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a viscous black with some cloudy, brown head. Nose has booze at first but opened up and had lots of charred wood, caramel, sour mash whiskey, toasted coconut. Flavor is a lot better, butterscotch, charcoal, a little dark whiskey, coconut, vanilla, cherry cola. Full bodied but smooth finish.
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle from Elise shared at Black Friday tasting. Caramel brown-black body, frothy beige head. Laces up the glass well. Bourbon, vanilla, touch of licorice. Very sweet, but balanced, quite nice. Chewy bourbon candy notes in the finish. Rich caramel, chocolate tones. Nice warming finish. World Class, really holds up. Solid beer.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 from Chuckís Hop Shop for $17.99 last month. Deep ruby brown with a half finger brown head, creamy with fair retention. Big bourbon aroma, caramel and toffee. Some spicy alcohol and light roast, fading tobacco. Flavor big on the bourbon and heat, a bit of sherry. Otherwise follows suit. Still spicy and a bit hot. Bitterness is pretty low. Dry. Medium body with light carbonation. Damn good--rather, will be in a year. Still too hot. I am quite impressed with Fremont.