Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle í11 Vintage #2870 (Veteran Liquors)-Pours a cloudy brown with a small off white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, roasted malt, and toffee. Taste of bourbon, sweetness, dried fruit, vanilla, and more sweetness. This medium to full bodied brew was not bad. Drinks very smooth for a 12% ABV beer.
SudsMcDuff (5918) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, i was born in 1983. .. pours a deep tawny brown .. light headring, lacing is spotty .. . light barrel, maple syrup drippings, wet grain, and oak sponge .. . an enjoyable beer but honestly was expecting quite a bit more depth and flavour .. . . get mad at a brick!
crossovert (7737) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome beer. Big bourbon notes, a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Nice bit of eartiness as well.
budznsudz (566) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a white head that quickly recedes to a ring. The nose is candy and brown sugar with booze and exotic figs. The taste is rich with notes of raisin and figs with creme brulee, vanilla and caramelized sugar. A very sweet, candied, boozey old ale that really hits the spot. Well done
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 98/492. Clear brown pour, very little carbonation and sweet malt flavor. Flavor is also a nice meld of strong malt, hint of whiskey, a bit of herbs and finished a little warm. Really good variation, and itís held up really damn well!
Bacterial (1677) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 98/492 shared by Greg - thanks!! Rich nose vanilla dark fruits. Smooth, warm with just a little booze in the taste. Really nice!
portableparty (1943) - 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 (6322) - 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 Stranahanís, 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 Stranahanís works perfectly. Taste is very similar but warmer, nice Stranahanís 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...itís 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. Donít miss out on this. Best rating of my career so far.
fletchfighters (1117) - 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.