TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned. 2014 vintage. Murky brown pour with a short tan head. Lots of chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla notes and dark fruit in the nose. Taste is dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, light vanilla, dark fruit and soft booze. Body is medium with a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more chocolate, light vanilla, caramel, hints of brown sugar, toasted malt, dark fruit and light booze.
poisoneddwarf (2204) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
750 ml foiled bottle. Aroma is extremely oaky, earthy, nutty, garbage. Pours murky mud puddle brown with a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is garbagey, raisins. WTF happened here.
anderson01 (315) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy in appearance. Black in color with minimal lacing and minimal head. Aroma is oak, slight alcohol and some cherry. Lightly sweet. Leaves a nasty aftertaste. Taste like working at the dump. THIS BEER IS GARBAGE.
Beerdrinker79 (1963) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle- Pours very dark brown with a off white head that reduces to a blanket and collar. Aroma is oaky, vanilla, raisins, a bit boozy. The taste is oak, pungent, vanilla, coconut, a bit odd.
DuffMan (8915) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law and my wife. Murky sienna body, creamy light golden head. Aroma of chocolate milk, toffee, vanilla, hints of spice and funk. Soft, chocolatey palate, sweet whiskey is paired gently, vanilla, prunes, just a hint of acidic funk in the finish. Very smooth and full bodied. My bottle was bottled January 2015-- I wonder what will happen to the minimal funk character over time? I’d love to have a second bottle to lay down for a year or two...
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma malts and a little bourbon. Taste sweet malts with a little oak and bourbon. Palate thin. Finish ’old" hops, ie hops that had lost much of their flavor with aging.
A bit of a disappointment. I didn’t get any "old ale" character at all. Tasted more like an American barleywine that was past its prime.
rdixon77 (2014) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice copper pour with good lacing and white head. Aroma was strongly whiskey and oak , with dark fruit. The taste had more of a great chocolate presence plenty of vanilla oak and booze. Big sweetness. Nice BA, but not an elite beer. Full bodied.
swagtimus (1) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2015 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 750ml to pilsner glass due to lack of a snifter. Carbonation immediately fades from a near black pour. Aroma is faint whiskey, and it might be me being under the weather but that is all i smell. I expected an overwhelming whiskey flavor considering the length of the aging process but it tastes like watered down whiskey with a hint of chocolate malts. I can drink this and will feel great afterward with a 10.5 abv but i am not impressed with this beer at all, especially with a 30 dollar price tag. If i ever find this beer available on draft i would gladly try again but i cant see myself buying another bottle.
onceblind (6669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy deep copper with a thin white cap. Pie-like aroma with chocolaty pecan pie, sweet earthy nutty whiskey, lots of coconut, and milk chocolate. Amazing flavor with some pecans, whiskey, charred oak, coconut, sugary dark chocolate, a bit of brown sugary booze and finishing with some char and more pecan. Amazing.
MadRobin (2682) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap sampler at Whole Foods in Market Square, Fairfax, VA.
Clear, very dark mahogany brown with a light tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of lots of vanilla plus, sweet dark fruits, booze, caramel, oak and licorice.
Taste of vanilla, roasted coffee, slightly tart dark fruit, sweet toffee and a bit of roasted malt.
Medium/light body and low/medium carbonization.
Actually, I thought the standard Hibernation was better.
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