cpetrone84 (1166) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brown with red edges and bubbly beige head. Nose is strong whiskey and wood, light sweet berry malt. Taste is heavy wood, light vanilla and whiskey. A bit of malt balance but the malt profile takes a back seat. Chocolate, a hint chalky, faint malt sweetness. Body is thick, strong carbonation to balance a big body.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle thanks to Darrell. Pours out a ruby amber topped with a sand head. Nose is caramel sweetness pit fruit wood and some hop notes. Taste is as the nose sweet caramel nice rich malts and a good bitterness on the end a very tasty one.
arminjewell (5589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at GABF, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought big bourbon, oak, vanilla, into slight earth, spice notes, nice thick caramel, toffee and dark sugary malts, hints of dark fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of bourbon, oak, slight spice into sweet toffee, dark fruits, slight vanilla, finishing with a hint of grass and spice, though still sweet.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL at SDBW kickoff. Pours a clear, deep red. Excellent foam. Nose is mild savory meat, heavy vanilla, spicy tamarind, hoppy/india red ale or Sierra Nevada style barleywine. Taste is spicy imperial red ale style, dense cake, big vanilla. Sharp, hoppy, balanced palate. Well done.
bytemesis (2432) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with thanks to cocoapuph! Pours clear deep ruby hazel with a large tan head that dissipates slowly, eventually leaving nice lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, toffee, figs, brandy. Flavor is sweet, some woody astringence that fades as the beer breathes. Light body, a bit fizzy in the mouth. Fairly hot from the ABV.
Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark, dark red with a huge off white head.
Smell incredibly strong brandy and rum soaked raisins. It smells like a spirit.
Taste boozy, sweet rum, cake, and fig. Lots of heat. Chewy. Bit of molasses on the tail, fair amount of burn.
Body more carbonated than I’d like. Full
You can tell there was a lot of barrel to this.
daknole (8332) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
JW with the awesome share on the 4th of July. Thanks John. Pours an amber color, tan head. Boozy, sweet, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, golden raisins, caramel. Pretty good but not mind blowing.
JohnnyJ (4045) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark copper pour, small head. Brown sugar, burnt toffee, raisin, brandy, wood, and light vanilla. Pretty sweet and lots of barrel aged character. Overall good, but not fantastic.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!
A: Pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy creme head that starts to cave in on itself. Not much in the way of legs.
N: Intense burnt caramel, some cherry and sherry, oak, pecan, and vanilla. Honey and brown sugar, raisin and more of the charcoaled wood. Very sweet and the descriptions sound very good, but there’s an element missing to tie everything together.
T: Lots of sweet and burnt sugars, tobacco and cigarette ash. Moderate bitterness and a hefty pecan nutiness. Decent, but not outstanding for the style.
M: Very boozy. Tad light, but it has a decent stickiness.
O: Not bad, but it’s pretty average given the competition and it lacks in refinement. Too much astringency, though I really dig the inherent nuttiness. Gets better as it warms, and it came out of my cellar around 55 degrees already.
Rando7 (690) - Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thick very persistent head, really coats the glass. Aroma sweet, almost maple. taste sweet with caramel/toffee, dark fruits and brandy. Finish with hop and oak bitterness with a nice tingle of carbonation, hops and alcohol. Thick palate. Pretty good, glad I tried it.