Iphonephan (2693) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Churchkey DC on innauguration night. Pours a deep res amber with an off white head. Aroma of vanilla and toffee. Flavors of figs and chestnuts. Quite nice.
maxwelldeux (3090) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a somewhat thick off-white head. Nose has a very strong, but light bourbon smell to it. Taste has that bourbon kick to it with some underlying sweetness from the figs. Odd beer...
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with small white head. Aroma has vanilla and bourbon notes with sweet dried fruits. Flavor is hard to describe, lots of vanilla, bourbon smokiness (from the barrels I would assume), with sweet dried cherries and possibly some nuttiness. The finish has a bit of that "bourbon booziness" but overall an excellent beer that actually tastes a bit like fruitcake with bourbon poured over it.
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised. Clean soft golden amber pour with one finger of creamy off white head. Nose is super interesting and very hard to describe. Lots of ’candy-ish’ character with sharp vanilla/bourbon from the Makers Mark barrels. Definitely fruity, I’m guessing the figs but can’t say for sure. Flavor is also very interesting, wonderful blend of vanilla and sharp oak from the flavor with a moderate sweetness. A hint of coconut finds its way through. Medium body with a dry/oaky finish and warming alcohol.
HourGlass13 (20) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This may very well be the bomb. It has a whiskey taste right off the bat. Very fruity and complex. I would use this as a desert beer, or just sip it on a cold afternoon.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at beer study Xmas night. Nose is fairly fruity, earth, light booze. Flavor shows some more fruit, light spice, tobacco, and booze. A little thin on the palate with medium to heavy sweetness.
freekyp (1463) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This palate wrecker oozes of bourbon and dried fruit. Thick and viscous with a sweet profile barely tempered by hops. A fine dessert beer. Marachino cherries anyone?
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at Foundation. Good aroma, sweet. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet spice flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Fun beer, not sure I could have a lot of it, fairly sweet in aroma and flavor. Get the fig, not sure about the chestnut. Fun beer if nothing else.