blklab2007 (2086) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle through recent trade. Pour has a muddy brown color with a thick coating of off white head that slowly fell away. Aroma has sweet malt, whiskey barrels, vanilla, and some oxidation. Mouth feel is hefty with thick coating and good carbonation for a huge barreled beer. Flavor is hefty with dark fruit, sweet malt, whiskey, vanilla, and again papery oxidation.
Art (2209) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Older bottle, 2011 I think. Pours a cloudy medium brown with pretty much no head. Aromas of big vanilla, some caramel and dark fruits. Sweet taste with a slight heat to it still after all these years. Pretty darn good, held up well.
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12th May 2014
Jack the Sipper tasting at Bruceís pad. Hazy amber beer, small bubbly pale cream coloured head. Palate is airy with fine carbonation. Malt has a tangy caramel tone that tastes vaguely oxidised, although it isnít. Toffee. Dried fruits and over ripe red berries. Finishes light and spicy. A mixed bag.
jackl (5608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Jack the Sipper. Deep hazy reddish brown with a small head. Nose is ice and spicy. Rich toffee apple, Christmas cake, raisin loaf. The taste is raisin loaf and chocolate croissant. Very sweet and chewy. Some dirt. Medium body, soft carb.
Leighton (13849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Jack. Vintage 2011. Pours lightly murky amber-brown with a fine, fast-fading off-white tan head. Lightly tangy, leathery fruits on the nose, some toffee. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, meaty, with some tangy wood, old berries, ripe orange, alcohol, toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Warm to hot finish with further tangy berries, other leathery fruits, cherry, plum, tangy wood. Very nice.
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jackl, it pours cloudy dark brown with a small light tan. The nose is rich, woody, raisin, fruit cake, sultana, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and bruised banana. The taste earthy, brown bread, fruit cake, raisin, sultana, booze, wood, leather, vanilla, coconut, cherry skin and brown sugar with a dry, warming finish. Fullish body and fine, prickly carbonation. Pretty tasty gear.
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one I never thought I would come across. Thank you HMOG 2014. Murky brown color. A little bit of whiskey on the aroma. The malt body dominates the flavor with a lot of caramel toffee and candy sugar.
levcool (18) - - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Subtle taste of the barrel does not overpower the spice and other quality flavors of this winter seasonal.
MikeTheWizard (14) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 2011. Past itís prime. Major oxidation but still can taste how good it would have been. Lots of dark fruit, leather and whiskey. Tobacco and wet cardboard dominate, but smooth for 12.4%. Wish I opened it last year.
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Gregís with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big raisins, prunes, grapey, plums, bready, slightly oxidized, cardboard, dark fruits, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is big bread, tangy, dark fruits, raisins, figs, somewhat smoky, toasted bread, cocoa, light earthiness, and coconut. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation.