wavers1 (872) - 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.
levcool (18) - - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Subtle taste of the barrel does not overpower the spice and other quality flavors of this winter seasonal.
MikeTheWizard (13) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 2011. Past it’s prime. Major oxidation but still can taste how good it would have been. Lots of dark fruit, leather and whiskey. Tobacco and wet cardboard dominate, but smooth for 12.4%. Wish I opened it last year.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Greg’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big raisins, prunes, grapey, plums, bready, slightly oxidized, cardboard, dark fruits, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is big bread, tangy, dark fruits, raisins, figs, somewhat smoky, toasted bread, cocoa, light earthiness, and coconut. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation.
JHeath99 (421) - - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and oak. Taste of dark chocolates and malts.
BelgianBeerGal (2965) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle #2785 that I got for Christmas last year. 2nd best Christmas gift I received. The pour reminds me of a quad or cola; lots of carbonation but no real head. Big aroma that definitely has some whiskey but also an almost minty quality. Pretty bold flavor that starts with whiskey and dark, tar fruit plus a little coffee and dark chocolate in the end. Lingering finish brings in some warming booze. If you like whiskey, this is for you.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. Pours dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas of whiskey, dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet dark fruit, caramel and vanilla flavors with whiskey, oak and chocolate. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Richard’s tasting. Hazed mahogany pour with an off-white head. Booze, bourbon, and pecans on the nose. Vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Notes of dark fruit and brown sugar. Sweet vanilla, toffee, and caramel on the nose. Dark fruits, brown sugar, toasted pecans, bourbon, and oak. A bit boozy but nice otherwise.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL. Full haze, deep amber. Bubbles. No head formation. Nose is rich caramel, buttery bourbon. Taste is sticky tomato paste, sugar, lemon tea, citric bite. Not my thing.
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at bottle share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Thanks Zach! Small snifter. Pours a deep muddy brown with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, oak, vanilla, dark fruits and whiskey. The taste was similar. Slightly thin in the mouth, but the body is very well flavored with chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, cane sugars and bread. Smooth mouth, low carbonation, finish is sweet and memorable. Awesome beer.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery. 2011 vintage, number 0272. Saw this gem in the fridge next to BA Old Ruffian. Pours a hazy, dull brown-amber color with no head. Notes of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, oak, and - unfortunately - a megaton of dark fruit coming through. More than there should be, and some of it has a faint tartness. Definitely past its prime. Medium-bodied, with a muddled, fruity mouthfeel and low carbonation. Don’t cellar any longer if you have a 2011 edition.