keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Victory Lane.
Appearance: Opaque brown, thin tan ring.
Aroma: Light fruits, some wood, very faint.
Taste: Syrupy dark fruits, light bourbon on the finish.
Palate: Thick body, light carbonation.
Overall: Very disappointing, tastes like a castrated version of Hibernation Ale.
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’11 bottle from Aaron - thanks! Pours a very murky rust brown with a swirl of tan foam and a steady ebb of carbonation. Aroma is whiskey, oak, toffee, and lightly sweet malt with thin trailing whiskey. Taste is whiskey over a dense melange of dark, sweet malt with ripe plums, raisins, toffee, and some slightly tart notes although it certainly doesn’t taste infected. Clean, coating mouthfeel. Some lingering alcohol after each sip as well. Good beer.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #0928, vintage 2011 from Belmont Station, with Carla. Pours a hazy amber brown with practically no foam. Smells sweet with lots of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Tastes slightly nutty with a slight syrupiness and hints of maple, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon ending with alcohol, though not alcohol burn.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. 2011 Vintage, Bottle #1479. Pours a deep brown body with a bit of a ruby hue. Finger-width, fizzy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramels and pretty woody up front with some toasted coconut, whiskey, tootsie roll chocolate, vanilla, hints of dark fruit, and a light toffee. Flavor is pretty nice. Caramel, wood and whiskey, and vanilla up front before a deeper tootsie roll chocolate comes in as well as some toasty coconut, dark fruits, a hint of roast, and some toffees. Wood grows a bit towards the end alongside the richer caramels and chocolates before drying nicely with a touch of vanilla and whiskey. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, this was a solid beer, but I was hoping for more. The wood and whiskey balanced the rich malts of the base while helping it dry out and adding a nice vanilla note, but it doesn’t have the depth that I loved in the BA Old Ruffian or Yeti. Nonetheless, this was enjoyable.
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle #2870 courtesy of and shared with Headbanger, poured into a Snifter at 43°. Color is hazy brown with good carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Aroma of oak and a bit of whiskey. It has a bolder medium body with a thin mouth feel. Flavor jumps out with the oak, a touch of vanilla, some dried fruit and the whiskey bring up the end. After taste is dry with the oak standing out. Overall its a good brew, lighter then I was expecting making it an easy drinker.
Headbanger (3501) - 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 ’11 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 (6673) - .....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 (8851) - 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 (581) - 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 (2003) - 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 it’s held up really damn well!