ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011, red waxed bottle, via trade. pours a deep, dark, chestnut brown (like a good winter ale should) with a creamy, light khaki head that has excellent retention. aroma is wonderful with big notes of candied nuts, pralines, coconut, and vanilla cake backed by subtle cocoa, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. flavor is delicious as well with smooth, rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, and dark malts up front backed by pralines, black cherries, walnuts, and earthy hops. palate is full bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, sweet, woody finish. overall, a great barrel aged winter ale.
beastiefan2k (2582) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flight at brewery. As expected this is another unfathomally over the top booze barrel. Ugh, really canít even call it a sipper because itís too off putting. Whatever happened to moderation, please 50/50 blend or something. At least it looks pretty.
BVery (7104) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by Levi - thanks! Very dark dense cola pour with a light beige head. Rich bourbon and vanilla. Licorice. Smooth rich palate. Killer brew!
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bomber into a Fremont goblet on 07.15.14.
A: Chocolate, licorice, red grape, and dark cherry. Wow!
A: Midnight black body with a little bit of red at the bottom of the glass. Slight tan head that fizzes and recedes to a ring.
T: Dark cherry, vanilla, and red grape dominate. Chocolate, slight woodiness, raisin, and spices are subtle.
P: Creamy smooth. Perfectly medium chewy.
O: This lives up to the hype. It has some alcohol heat, loads of dark fruit, and itís perfectly balanced. I became a Fremont fanboy after this. Everyone has their own palate, but this one is at the top of the heap for me. Simply amazing!
kokobucks (16) - - JAN 16, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful. Maybe a tad longer, a month or two in the cellar would add a little to it, but it is great now. Smooth dark ale. Nice balance of spice and bourbon.
Homer321 (2215) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to prufrockstar. Pour is deep brown to black with a medium brown head, lots if tiny velvet-like bubbles, reddish highlights. Aroma is a but spicy with some vanilla and a bit of booze. Taste is boozy at first but gives way to a caramel sweetness that is reminiscent of a whiskey drink, mixed with overly sweet coke. Finish is a bit warming and peppery. Overall, enjoyable and above average. I like the sticky sweet lip smacking finish without being a cloying mess.
Huhzubendah (2738) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2015 Served alongside Cinnamon & Coffee Bourbon Abominable. Near black body with a small beige collar. Rich aroma of bourbon and malts. Big time oak presence with lovely notes of both chocolate and vanilla. Absolutely delicious.
JohnnyJ (4628) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery. Near black pour, with a small brown head. Creamy milk chocolate, toffee, lots of vanilla, strong bourbon, brownie batter, some toasted coconut, wood, and more bourbon. Lots of bourbon, but not boozy, smooth silky body. Yum.
notalush (5077) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Fremont - holy shit this is boozy - tastes like straight up bourbon - now, I love bourbon, but good god damn I ordered a beer - I am torn between my love of the brownest of the brown liquors and the need to evaluate this "beer"- oily texture - overpowering bourbon - sorry, "beer," but I must rate you poorly.
Gerbeer (2046) - 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 (564) - - 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.