portableparty (2246) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by DalzAle (bottle 98/492). Pours hazahogany with a light thin head that fades to a film. Aroma has vanilla tootsie roll and a gentle barrel scent. Taste is more the same with smooth booze a gentle spice in the finish. Palate is slick and drying. Solid!
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, celebration for finishing a damn hard course in med school. 2011 bottle number 3061. Dark brownish red, no light through it, tan head, that lasts fairly well surprisingly. Aroma brings notes of big Stranahan’s, no infection in this one for sure. Dark raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate/cocoa notes, hints of nice toasted/burnt caramel, toffee, slight spice in there as well, this has lots of depth and the Stranahan’s works perfectly. Taste is very similar but warmer, nice Stranahan’s notes with whiskey melding into vanilla, chocolate, coffee, burnt toffee, hints of the raisin, fig and plum but its a bit more restrained than the aroma, the whiskey plays well off the sweetness and finishes sweet, slightly dry and slightly bitter, but mostly sweet. Like this beer, but it is honestly my least favorite of the three BA ones they do. That said...it’s still over a 4. Enough said.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of toffee vanilla and bourbon. Very fast dissipating tan head. Initial sip is effervescent tree fruit, figs, flavor keeps dancing on the tongue from the carbonation. Finishes with that classic english strong ale aged flavor married to the bourbon wood it was aged in. Don’t miss out on this. Best rating of my career so far.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-- Poured a deep, dark mahogany color. Just touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Very little carbonation showing. Light brown head that went to film and stayed at film through drinking. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Rich and full smell. Buttery vanilla, rum, molasses,
brown sugar, and dates. Just slight bits of oak in this.
T-- Warm, melted brown sugar, butter, vanilla, rum, and dark fruits.
M-- Mid palate is very thin. Kind of sad really. Get just short bursts of what it was. A bit slick and sweet and and a rum spice finish but just lacking zest and too many gaping holes in this. Not much of the barrel though.
O-- Knocking off one of my biggest wants and realize I am getting to this about a year late. Flashes of how good this was does make this worth it for me though.
Edit: Really picked up with a lot of air. Thin gaps disappeared more but still evident, so a slight correction in rating.
Huhzubendah (3093) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was shared by Paul (King of all that is barrel-aged) last weekend. Thanks man!
Bottle 431 / 492
The beer is dark brown and for the most part, transparent. The tan head stands in at 1/4" and leaves a decent amount of lacing in its wake.
The aroma brings sweet malt, alcohol, oak, caramel, toffee.
A very enjoyable brew, and a fine choice for sipping on the deck during the last days of winter. The beer is slightly sweet, with alcohol and barrel flavors prominent throughout.
The feel is creamy and smooth, remarkably so given the 11.1% abv.
Overall, a very tasty offering. I’m glad to have tried it and would certainly enjoy having it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-22-2011
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, #227/492. Poured a lovely shade of deep garnety-amber with a nice initial beige head. The aroma a decadent blend of sweet whiskey, berries, vanilla, and molasses, with highlights of warm spices and a touch of sherry.. came across just a hair thin on the middle, but it was otherwise excellent. The flavor found molasses, aged caramel, dark fruit, and toffee at the core, with peppery whiskey and dry oak emanating outward.. more dark fruit, tangy whiskey, and some vanilla on the sufficiently warm finish.. good, but it didn’t come across as well as the nose for me. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. slick across the middle.. a touch tacky on the finish.. just a decent flow. This was a solid brew that I’d love to try again.
Koelschtrinker (14078) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weicher, fast schon zu milder Beginn von dezent holzigen Malznoten. Die Whiskeynoten wirken nicht stark aromatisch, dann aber doch so, als wäre Whiskey hinzugegeben worden, kratzig, rau. Besonders im Abgang cremig malzig, erstaunlich mild, verschwindend geringe Röstnoten. Dann wieder leichte Alkoholnoten. 10/11/11/9/11/9
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for a while, thanks to stumpyiliz for this one! says 492 bottles on the label, not 504. pours a very nice deep mahogony body with a smaller head, very nice color and aura. the aroma is very nice, sweet, woody, slightly smokey, all of it subdued and a bit dusty just like the regular hiby. its super smooth, the taste is not nearly as big as you might expect from any beer thats spent 9 months in a barrel. the carbon ation is pretty low but consiseant throughout the bottle and pours. it has a slightly cola/rootbeer thing going on underneath that i dont recall the normal hiby picking up during aging. sweet, smooth, duty, good stuff. great very present but not overpowering barerel profile. this should still be good for another year or two for sure, though i would prefer the complexities because its already so smooth, so i am glad i drank this now.
anders37 (20429) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and bourbon aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and bourbon barrel vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish fruity malty caramel barrel vanilla finish.
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø.
Dark brown with low beige head.
Hoppy malty nose.
Sweet fruits and citrus.
Fantastic hoppy malty american strong ale-like.
Bourbon notes kicks in but really not overly barrel infused.