ineedbeer (1313) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz 2014 vintage bottle. Aroma has a rich dark caramel and toffee notes. Medium light chocolate and light roast. Hints of toasted bread and nuts. Moderate dark fruit notes of raisin, fig and prune with a bit of plum and berry. Medium oak notes and hints of soy. Pours a murky mud brown with absolutely no head. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor has a medium sweetness with a lot of dark caramel and toffee. Moderately strong oak notes also present with hints of vanilla, coconut and almond. A light chocolate and soy note. Medium light tobacco and leather. Moderate raisin, prune and plums. Oak tannins are a bit harsh. Medium light alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied with absolutely no carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer but the lack of carbonation really hurts it. Lots of oak character that works well with the malt but the oak tannins detract from the beer. I don?t know how it would age though as I bet the soy sauce character would creep in and overwhelm.
stoutnick (778) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Dark mahogany coloured pour, no carbonation. Aroma is bourbon oak, port, dates. Taste is the same with a vanilla sweet quality, some marshmallow, great oak finish. Thin no carbonation which means more port like on palate than beery. Great beer but not quite as good as Matt!
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery, brown pour, off white head. Nose is cherry, taste is boozy, caramel, leather, smokey, wow
KyotoLefty (7975) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose of bourbon, smoke, chocolate, caramel. Cloudy brown, flat. Flavor is oxidized oak, chocolate, port. Oily and flat, needs carbonation. Very tasty, rich and woody but the flatness doesn’t work.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I prefer the regular version. Bourbon aroma and some in the flavor. Vanilla in the flavor and aftertaste, with the flavor and aroma of booze. no carbonation and the palate and mouthfeel are a little thin.
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is dark brown with almost no head. Aroma and flavor of burnt caramel, slight vanilla, toffee, dark fruit, and booze. Finish is sweet and boozy with some brown sugar coming through. Little to no carbonation.
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Via trade with Douglas88. The aroma is boozy, woody, leather, smoky, lots going on. The appearance is deep black, almost no carbonation. The flavor is bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses. The finish is boozy, piney. Medium, slightly thick in body. Nice.
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet, molasses, soy sauce. Flavor is thick, syrupy, sweet, slightly smoky, oak. Medium to heavy syrupy body with a lingering soy sauce sweetness. Not too shabby.
Marheb (3384) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absence totale d’effervescence qui résulte en un liquide riche et sirupeux. Bourbon, dattes, vanille, végétation, caramel, noisettes et des tanins qui équilibrent l’ensemble.
demmbonz (677) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark pour. Zero carbonation, as announced on the label. Nose of raisins and plums and sweetness. Complex flavors of dark fruits and oak. I would have loved this with just a little carb.