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.
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Glass. Mouth. Nose is light booze with some vanilla and spiciness. Deep brown pour with minimal head. Taste is moderately vanilla and booze with a soft vanilla note. A touch of alcohol warming. Seems to be a bit thin and lacking in mouthfeel but still very good and enjoyable.
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Wine and Cheese. Pours really dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is chocolate treacle. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, chocolate and something plummy/pruney. Whiskey is present - but not bourbon. Some wood. This is complicated stuff. Heat is detectable.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with almost no head and a strong treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes dark molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and whiskey.
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2014 vintage. The pour is a nice muddy brown with a nice ruby hint to it. There is a light tan head that falls to a collar and leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma is great. There is a beautiful caramel malt and nice whiskey profile. The barrel offers a bit of vanilla and nice oak. Dark fruits are aplenty and carry a little bright prominence to them. The flavor is, well, interesting. It's got a bright cherry thing going on up front and a heavy dose of oak. There is a nice whiskey presence and a hint of vanilla. There is a bit of a funk, approaching sour that I'm not sure is intended. I can't help but wonder if this was infected. The tartness present throws me. Damn. The mouth feel is thin and watery and the carbonation is light and bright. The aftertaste almost carries a cherry tartness to it, and a little woody funk. Really strange.
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ebone1988 (613) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is barrel, molasses, dark fruit, bread, malt, maybe gingerbread. Appearance is ruby, dark brown with a light tan head. Taste is....off. Not sure this is how this should taste. Iím getting a very light malt, then tart cherry, it is too light based on aroma. Mouthfeel is thin, right in the middle it morphs from beer to water, itís strange. Overall, I think there is something wrong with this. I hope.
John25 (1244) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very good. Dark red/brown. Whiskey, toffee, dark fruit, big rich and sticky feel. Balanced and great.
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conway (2164) - - OCT 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with off white head. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, whiskey, roasted malt and vanilla. Rich and sticky mouthfeel. Tasty.
MadIndian (2663) - 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 (777) - 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 (3052) - 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