Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Bottle. Amazing beer...not sure where to begin. Aroma is a dense plum and tobacco smoke blend...heavy fruit. The taste is a rich dense raisin flavor with overtones of bourbon, reduced fruits and smokey goodness. Such a rich palate...this baby outshines some old ports I’ve had. I love this beer. Thanks Neeps.
tom10101 (2094) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2011 vintage. From Daniel, thanks! Reddish brown with a small ring of beige foam and no lacing. Aroma is of cherries, bourbon, booze, vanilla, port notes, plums, caramel, sweetness, tobacco, wood and the list goes on. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with cherries, port notes, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, figs and a nice warming finish. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. Very good sipper. Extremely complex and the balance isn’t bad considering everything going on in this one.
JefVerstraete (866) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ RBBWG 2014. Thanks Danko! Very well balanced beer. Aroma of ripe fruits, some sweetness. Boozy character. Some light bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced. Very good.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bouteille @ RBBWG III, thanks Danko.
Cuivrée, col fin beige.
Arôme offre de suite ces effluves d’alcool, côté résiduel fruité rappelant des fruits noirs sur un ’musty’ boisé et léger caramel.
Palais est malté, chocolaté et caramel avec cette signature typique de HOTD. Palais offre un léger picotement grace entre autre aux notes boisées et épicées du chêne. Léger booze avec un ajout assez modeste du bourbon.
jake65 (2514) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of BuckeyeBoy – thanks a ton! I’ve been waiting to try this one for quite a while now, no time like the present on a lazy Sunday evening. 2011 Batch. Popping the cap is followed by a confident hiss and a light ring of head forms in the neck. A heavy nose of malt and bourbon comes forth, layers of chocolate and dark fruits. I think of bourbon soaked graham crackers… Very dark brown color and a thin ring of creamy tan head. The head bubbles away quickly ad leaves a dark snifter of goodness. Silky texture, so smooth. The bourbon accentuates the dark fruits and compliments the chocolate malt. A little peat and smoke in the end. Swirling complexities, but so very balanced. Smooth. Damn good. Adam is such a great beer memory, one of the first world-class beers I was able to try, and the barrel treatment has delivered. Excellent. Thanks again Jeremy.
Smurf2055 (1251) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown minimal head
Smell leather, oak and huge red fruit
Taste caramel, oak and vanilla, tobacco, red fruit and a little burn on the end, raisin
fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle at hair of the dog 2011 vintage
Murky brownish black color and a thin light brown collar. Took a bit to get a reasonable head with this. Mostly a thin layer.
Nose was dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coconut and soy sauce. Turned more towards soy as it warmed.
Taste was pretty similar to nose. Soy crept in more as it warmed and enveloped the beer.
Low carbonation, medium feel but a lot of soy sauce in the end.
Walked away going it was kind of meh
VastActiv (2014) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Year 2011 made. Colour is dark brown with very small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Bourbon, sweetness, hints of chocolate and malts.
BuckeyeBoy (2413) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. I have had this numerous times but never rated it until now. Pours out a dark brown with a small head. Aroma is molasses vanilla bourbon chocolate and roast malts. Taste is as the nose with lots of great flavors going on all the barrel notes pit fruit sweetness a good one for sure.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source for the 20th anniversary party. Deep ruby maroon color. Aroma of port wine, dark fruit. Taste is huge, boozy, vinous port wine, brandied cherries, figs. A gigantic beer.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Boozy, Caramel, Toffee
Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Very Little Light, Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Toffee, Caramel, Booze
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Boozy