IrishBoy (4062) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the RateBeer Party at GABF! Itís first rating! Nose of oak, vanilla, floral hops, dark fruit, toffee, and a slight hint of bourbon. Hazy brown with a medium beige, glass lacing head. Flavor of oaky vanilla, toffee, toastiness, and a light bitter hint. Very weel done the bourbon is nice and light and doesnít overpower the aleís flavors.
Benzai (12187) - 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!
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for a while, thanks to stumpyiliz for this one! says 492 bottles on the label, not 504. pours a very nice deep mahogony body with a smaller head, very nice color and aura. the aroma is very nice, sweet, woody, slightly smokey, all of it subdued and a bit dusty just like the regular hiby. its super smooth, the taste is not nearly as big as you might expect from any beer thats spent 9 months in a barrel. the carbon ation is pretty low but consiseant throughout the bottle and pours. it has a slightly cola/rootbeer thing going on underneath that i dont recall the normal hiby picking up during aging. sweet, smooth, duty, good stuff. great very present but not overpowering barerel profile. this should still be good for another year or two for sure, though i would prefer the complexities because its already so smooth, so i am glad i drank this now.
arminjewell (9207) - East 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.
slowrunner77 (8994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"12.4% 2011 version. The whiskey covers up some of the base beers complexity, but damn is it good. Whiskey gives way to chocolate, dark fruity malts, oak and vanilla. Wonderfully delicious, and the aroma is a near 10. Decadent, and slightly reminiscent of last years BA Decadence. This could get a 4.5 if I ever revisit, or just feel more generous. Hints of the awesome malty character in the original beer really make this great."
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black with creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Flavor is amazing, rich dark chocolate and coffee, perfectly balanced, with a sweet bourbon flavor on the finish.
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. It strong in bourbon for shizzle. However, the malt backbone is there. Brown sugar is strong with this one. Awesome.
crim (85) - POLAND - APR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
mega polecam, genialne piwo mocno deserowe kawa lody czekoladowe wanilia czekolada dużo beczki genialny aromat świetne roztopione lody w smaku, troche karmelu w smaku i aromacie
superspak (4230) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage bottled 2/6/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged old ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Much more dark fruits and less hop character than the regular version, with great barrel balance. A highly enjoyable offering.
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Craft. This was absolutely amazing. Drank with Dennis Bell and Knick Knack. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla, hint of cocoa, Wood, Whiskey, Earth and maybe raisin. The blend was awesome.