wavers1 (915) - 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.
MadIndian (2634) - 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.
katrinaez (694) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boozy taste. Caramel and toffee scent, burnt brown sugar too. Tart /sour taste up front. Palate is thick with sugars that coat the tongue. Not sweet, but lingering. Bottle
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting beer. Aroma was vanilla, whiskey and chocolate. Pour was a nice cloudy dark brown with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was good.The whiskey and vanilla/chocolate flavors were there, but there was a distinct tartness that bordered sour that Iím not sure was meant to be there. Made the beer very complex and interesting but I think it was an off flavor. Almost light vinegar on the sides of the cheeks. Medium carbonation. I liked it, but lovers of the original may not
sonnycheeba (4388) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma cherries, booze, oak, vanilla, toast, bready. Flavor is rich malt, booze, dark fruit, vanilla, and rich caramel. Medium body.
Concealer (983) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at barrel room. Clear red brown with a small off white head. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, whiskey, light wood and raisin/plum. Flavor is the same. Film bodied smooth with a dry end. Nicely balanced
superspak (3618) - 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.
JaBier (5739) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the Beverage Source. Hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bourbon and light hop. Caramel and bourbon flavor with a slightly dry finish. As it warms Iím getting a little bit of funkiness that suggests this one may have been on its way to infection. Glad I drank it early.
AndyReynolds (1078) - 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.
Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Courtesy of Brandon
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit/banana, roast, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and cola. The finish has buttery bourbon with some sour fruit and roast. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, Iím assuming this is infected.
umich03jm (2902) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle thanks to Brandan. Somethingís off on this one. Some sort of infection I think. Kinda smells like garbage and rotten fruit. Tastes the same. Iíll revisit this again with a better bottle