Peacehammer (562) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
big brandy nose as soon as the bottle opens. Nice deep maroon color. About a finger of dark tan head, that dissipates to lacing. Huge oak, candy apple brandy nose. Other aromatics of fig, plum, raisin and alcohol. No alcohol heat though, likely due to the extended aging. Thick mouthfeel. Tons of oak tannin and green apple flavor. Lingering and finishing alcohol burn, and a note of dry chocolate. Good, and complex, but seems like a close but no cigar beer, as far as big barrel aged offerings go
PhillyCraft (2594) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tasting, Pours brownish orange with light head and lacing. Aromas and flavor of sugary barrel, booze, plum, fig, and caramel. Medium body with a sticky mouth.Tastes like it was aged for a bit. Pretty nice.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Larry, dark brown pour with red hues, off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and brandy. Taste is dark fruit, some nutty character, caramel, quite a boozy kick, could use a bit of age. Syrupy mouth feel, not bad.
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DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Deep mahogany brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.75 S: This is a fruity sohmbitch in a "rustic" way. By this I mean thereís tons of raisin and tobacco in here. Brandy adds a boozy dark grape component. Some mineral with earthy hops. Plum, currants, and molasses. Layers of caramel and toffee. Overall, the booze is pretty well hidden.
3.5 T: Like the nose, this is full of raisin, tobacco, and brandy. Light astringency accompanies vanilla, oak, mineral, dark grape, and a hint of leather. Plenty of caramel and toffee with plum, currants, and molasses. Basically tastes like it smells with a bit more booze and astringency.
3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation that "blows up" a bit in the mouth. Somewhat sticky. Decent, but nothing special here.
3.5 D: Decent beer, but Iím not crazy about it. Those with a love for raisin and tobacco should enjoy more than I have. Definitely worth a try either way.
Serving type: bottle
bleeng (1462) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle thanks to Tom at the 5/4/13 Houston tasting. Dark color.
Super sweet and syrupy. Boozy and hot. Not my thing.
BoBoChamp (4722) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, at 12.8%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, thx to Stawn!, very complex brew, woody/spicy and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Thanks to mrcentaur for the bottle.   Deep burnt caramel in color, moderate light beige head, foamy, little lacing.   Big caramel, bready, and dark pitted fruit nose.   In fact, its very prune like, with heaps of figs, golden raisins, and caramel maltiness.   Loads of dark pitted fruit and caramel on the tongue.   Huge amount of prune juice on the back side.   This one is unique in that seems to have a huge amount of prune to it.   The 12.5% ABV is amazingly well hidden.   This simply comes across as a malty/caramel like dark pitted fruit like drink.   Not so sure about the barrel aging, unless the barrel was a friggen prune!   In all seriousness, body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Finish is chalk full of dark pitted fruit (mostly prune juice) and caramel/toffee like malts.   Low bitterness, except perhaps that fruit skin like bitterness we all experience with fruit thatís too young.   Different, but enjoyable.   Hides the ABV dangerously well.   Brandy aged?   I guess I could somewhat see that...
Dogbrick (6863) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a medium thick and foamy khaki head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, brandy and molasses. Full, rich and boozy body with flavors of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The finish is oaky bourbon and burnt malt with a lingering boozy aftertaste. Very good beer all around.
BlowOffTube (257) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells sweet and brown sugar. Nothing like Iíve had before. Kind of smokey, brown sugar, rich, and sort of dark chocolate taste. Medium carbonation and takes some time to put this one down. Interesting but not my favorite.
Ataraxia (239) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barely translucent dark brown in color, thick beige head. Syrupy sweet aroma of almost overripe fruits (raisins, figs, dates), molasses, brown sugar, caramel malt, and charred oak. Complex mixture of initial malty sweetness, followed by alcohol bitterness, and edged with sour bourbon in the finish. Boozy, full-bodied, a little over-carbonated, and a long finish.