Travlr (11825) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, small white edge head. Aroma of subtle rye bread. Taste is mixed light spiced fruit.
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tap at CK thanks to the President of Somalia de facto. Pours a clear, deep orange. Moderate head. Celery and sharp parsnip nose. Wow that is ultra vegetal. Taste is candies, parsnip, alcohol, extremely mealy red apple. Licorice root like finish. Very strange, I was not a fan.
emacgee (4024) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample pour at Sam’s, Durham. Gotta love the tasting events! Oily caramel brown pour with a modest head and carbonation. Huge bourbon barrel nose, not sharp and boozy but sweet tannins in your face. Somewhat overly slick mouthfeel really accentuates the candy dimensions of this beer. Dark fruits and bready tastes do provide some relief to the boozy sweetness in the taste, but it’s pretty uncompromising.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, 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.
maxwelldeux (3664) - 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...
Iphonephan (3252) - 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.
OldGrowth (2663) - 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.
jrob21 (2559) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared on Christmas Eve. Whoa there is a lot happening here. Big fig fruit spice. Flavor is spice again with a smokiness and chewy grain. Dark red color. Toffee fig raisin all working together. Big bold aggressive beer. Try to split this one if you can.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Generous sample from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours bright chestnut (how appropriate) with a white head. Interesting to see the various and conflicting ratings. The beer I had was big on the bourbon, vanilla, candy, and earthy figs. A bit one-note in its sweet/bourbon focus, but pretty darn good overall.