FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 190 of 492, 2009 bottling; sampled October 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that disappears down to a thin ring fairly quickly. The beer is a murky, concentrated amber color, that shows more of the same just lighter in hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, toasted coconut and raisins, and perhaps a touch of sherry at the first. A second pas reveals smooth whiskey aromatics, smoothly spicy oak that gets a touch more spicy once I move away from the kitchen were some food is braising. This beer is clearly dominated by the barrel influence, there are touches of caramel, which mix well with the ample barrel vanillin notes, there is a slight savory maltiness here, as well as touches of toasted whole grain character and even some grassiness / herbal character somehow; though this last seems mainly to be contributed by the whiskey barrel and actually becomes quite prominent after some time (though it also has an ample green, pepper like note).
Up front flavors of caramelized crystal malt, vanillin, toasted coconut, toasted whole grain, touches of toffee and caramel mix together on the palate. The finish is quite spicy, very woody, and even sort of has a green grassy or spicy herbal note to it; this morphs into a green peppery note as well as a lingering tannic bite.. The beer is fairly light bodied for its strength, though I am not overly surprised as that often happens with beers like this that get aged in barrels; there is some viscous character to this beer, and it even manages to linger a bit on the palate, but the spicy oak character ends up wiping the palate clean. After some time, the finish really starts to taste like a whiskey, spicy, somewhat hot from the alcohol, and it even has that sort of fruitiness that I get in a whiskey or bourbon.
Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more; the barrel character runs a bit roughshod over the base beer. If this had a lot more caramelized maltiness and quite a bit of a richer, hell even sweeter, body that could stand up to the barrel influence, this would be a much better experience. The beer actually seems to do well in very small amounts; if I come back to it after a while I can take a small sip or two that maintains a balance to it, but it ends up getting thin, somewhat too spicy, and a bit too hot after any more than this.
DutchDrebus (4946) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 216. Had a great tasting with some beerfriends.
Dark black plus lovely red colour. Smells lovely deep, chocolate, great wood notes and a bit roasty. Tastes is a godlike combination of hops, and roasty chocolate. Full body, great carbo, soft to the throat and a bit warming.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, tannish head. Lots of sweet sticky brown sugar, raisins, plums, caramel, booze, oak aromas. Flavor is sweet, a bit hot(not bad), dates, raisin, toffee, whiskey. Good stuff.
Countbeer (5503) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joes for sharing.
Small off white/light brown head/lacing on top of a deep dark amber brown colored beer.
Smell whiskey, wood, sweets, molasses, raisin, butter, soft, cream, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, vanilla.
Taste whiskey, dark chocolate full caramel, toffee, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, bitter, sticky malts, cream, soft, hint of raisin and prunes, oak, molasses.
Good full aftertaste: bitter, whiskey and soft and smooth spicy.
Low carbo, full body, velvet mouthfeel and an oily texture.
Soft and smooth smell and taste, very well balanced, delicious!
joes (91) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours (almost) black with a small beige head. Very, very nice sweet aroma of choclate, sweet coffee, whisky, wood, raisins and warming alcohol. Well balanced taste with again chocolate, raisins, vanilla, whisky. Warming, soft alcohol. Complex, but very soft, like velvet. This is superb!
Benzai (11042) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Joes for sharing this bottle! Bottle 216 of 492 was written on the label. Dark brown color with a very nice deep dark red glow coming through. Small white head. Smell coffee, wood, whiskey; just very good. Taste soft, velvety, caramel chocolate. Such a good taste! Especially the wood and (light) whiskey are so so good and so well balanced! Superb!
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Saraveza sometime last year from notes: dark brown in appearance with surprisingly thin tan head and almost no lacing. Nice aroma of toffee, caramel and booze, very inviting. Tastes very sweet up front with the toffe and caramel, gets a little boozy midway through and finishes with a smooth melding of the two. Great beer, especially for the colder months.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this to last nightís tasting. I have now completed the GD BA trifecta, mostly thanks to Paul. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a moderate brown color and is slightly murky. Nose contained a good amount of toffee as well as some light caramel. Some brown sugar and light barrel character there as well. Not super complex, but the barrel character was seriously nice, coming through particularly well in the finish, which was exquisite. Taste was caramel and bourbon. Nice. Mouthfeel was ridiculously smooth and lacked nearly any alcohol presence. Low carbonation and a medium body. A nice offering, and the mouthfeel was really killer. Big highlight for me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
BuckeyeBoy (3856) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 223 of 492 thanks to ditmier for sharing. Pours out brown topped with a cream head. Aroma was of caramel, sweet malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, and some bourbon. Taste was more of the sweetness along with the barrel.
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Bottle # 200 of 492.
The beer pours a watery dark brown with not much retention. The head is light tan, rises only about a half finger but then is gone right away leaving some on the outside of the glass. The lacing is light.
The aroma is medium and starts out very sweet. There are really nice notes of vanilla, caramel and cherry. At the end you pick up a bit of the bourbon.
The taste starts off kinda plain not a whole lot there. You get some sweet a little vanilla then a lot of bourbon to finish. For a beer that was 9 months in a barrell Iím surprised its stronger.
The feel is super watery, which is annoying with a light warm finish.
The drinkaility is ok.
Overall, this was pretty decent. The ale is a little to light and the flavor didnít really soak up the oak and the bourbon as much.