bytemesis (3360) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2011 - thanks Sean! Shared as bottle #2 at the tasting. Pours hazy chestnut, minimal head but some lacing. Aroma is woody again, initially a bit sharp and acetic, but that fades quickly as the beer breathes. Oak, molasses and bourbon remain. Flavor is light sweet with a faint touch of tartness and very light bitterness. Woody and malty. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, just a bit hot.
slowrunner77 (5986) - 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."
BMMillsy (1439) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 750 ml bottle at Euclid Hall in Denver, poured 6-29-14. Pours dark brownish amber, slightly murky, with a small off white to khaki head. The head recedes quickly and there is just a rim around the edges by the time I take a sip. Aroma is big bourbon notes, heavy caramel malts, light molasses, vanilla, oak, and more bourbon. Flavor follows the aroma rather closely with a nice caramel molasses feel, supported by bourbon in the background. Light vanilla notes are there, but not as strong as when fresh I would guess. Body is thinner than expected--especially after loving regular hibernation so much--but maybe a slight nitpick. Still some decent carbonation in this one. Definitely a beer to seek out if you can find it. Not sure it was worth the $54 price tag at the restaurant, but hey, you only live once.
haddon90 (1472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 20th Anniversary party. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with little to no head. Thick, malty aroma with a strong whiskey aroma. Whiskey taste with toffee and cherries mixed in. Not much carbonation, Vanilla notes. Amazing how strong the whiskey presence is without overpowering you. Quite a good brew.
kevinator (991) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a bottle labeled 2011 and having12.4% ABV. In short, it had its way with me and I felt it by the end of the bottle. Strong aroma of whiskey and sweetness. Murky oak colored ale with a thin head. This beer was heavy but still had carbonation. Flavors of bourbon, oak, and caramelized sugar with a chocolate finish. It was boozy but complex.
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Jack the Ripper tasting, thanks to the ripper himself, 12/05/14.
Murky chestnut brown with moderate off white spotting.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, coconut shavings, spice, light chocolate, tobacco.
Taste comprises toffee, dark fruit rinds, earthy notes, spice, didn’t quite live up to the vibrant nose.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze at the curtain call.
Beerman6686 (4475) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a darker red color with an off white head. Aroma was of whiskey, caramel, and dark fruits. Falvor was similar, some time did this well, very smooth and tasty.
blklab2007 (1990) - 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.
artmcd8 (1662) - 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 (15420) - , 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 Bruce’s 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 isn’t. Toffee. Dried fruits and over ripe red berries. Finishes light and spicy. A mixed bag.