Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
Served with Adam, Adam from the Wood, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Matt, Doggie Claws ’05.
The beer is a murky copper/brown/orange hue with virtually no head. The aroma brings bourbon, oak, subtle fruit and spice. Good flavor, slightly tannic. Smooth bourbon taste with low carbonation. A tasty brew. A bit less sweet than regular Fred, which is nice. Like the other beers in this lineup, this is suitable for slow sipping and savoring. Overall, very good. Something I would definitely enjoy having again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-18-2011
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by a generous person @CCB Black Friday-12oz bottle-tan-amber. A-bourbon, med malt, herbal. T-bourbon/wood, med malt-some caramel, herbal hops. Very soft carbonation.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle thanks to dsgolovin, appreciate it. Like most people have noted this is completely flat and the beer really suffered as a result. Dark murky orange color. Aroma of bourbon, oranges, strange yet interesting. Tasted like vanilla and oranges, booze, not bad but the lack of carbonation made it seem like juice with booze in it. Overall, disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-08-2012 20:40:11
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle, thanks to fredrik_!
Hazy reddish brown with a small, porous, transparent head.
Aroma: malty with bourbon and vanilla, fruity, oak, light boozy.
Taste: malty, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, licorice, honey, wood.
Full bodied with low carbonation.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2011 release, via trade. pours a very hazy, apple-cider-esque orange, capped by a razor thin, beige head. aroma is wonderful with heavy oak, vanilla, fruit esters, apple skins, and cake batter initially that transitions to rich bourbon, toasted almonds, coconut, and werther’s candies as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a beautiful blend of fruit esters, herbal hops, sweet caramel, and rye spices with wet oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and raisin bread with subtle hints of coconut, apple cider, and spice cake on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied with minimal carbonation but it certainly does not take away from the beer at all. finishes with light fruit, wood, and subtle bourbon warmth. overall, another great barrel aged beer from HOTD.
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a flat light caramel brown, with no head at all.
Aroma of bourbon, barrel, caramel, slight hoppy notes, slight vanilla, slight booze on the nose, bourbon soaked dark fruits, banana(?).
The taste is pretty sweet upfront, with a some slight bitter notes to it. Average body, with a medium carbonation that have died. - No carb. at all. A long lingering of heat in the throat when swallowed.
Thanks to Jeff for giving me this bottle. Couldn’t wait, had to pop this bad boy.
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Actually chose the 2012 over 2011 even though the newer one was $2 more- the brewer said it was better and priced likewise. Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a moderate eggshell white head. Aroma of bourbon hits immediately, with vanilla, oak, dried fruits, butterscotch, toffee, and almonds. Flavor of raisins, caramel, vanilla, dried tropical fruits, almonds, rye, and oak. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Complex, tasty and excellent.
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown dead pour that looks a touch thin, lost abbey carbonation? Bourbon and oak dominate aroma. Flavor is much nicer than expected, bourbon oak, some maple and sweet malt tones. Beer is thin entire leaving something to be desired. Alcohol is relatively hidden.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a super hazy amber-brown with only a few bubbles around the edges. The bubbles disappear quickly leaving behind no lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, caramelized and residual sugars, some grapefruit and citrus hops and some booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet toffee malts with some brown and maple sugars, dark fruit, grapefruit hops, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the bourbon and oak come through with some floral hop notes, a hint of hop bitterness, some honey, and some more residual sugars. The finish is a mix of caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, honey, some citrus hops, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with very mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The lack of carbonation hurts it a bit, but the barrel flavor blends so nicely with the base beer that it is still very enjoyable.
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to BOLTZ7555 for sharing this tasty world class brew. It pours with a hazy murky copper body (gorgeous) that has some gold edges and supports a tiny white-ish head of foam. The aroma offers up musty muted pine, sticky smelling malts and then smooth barrel notes. The taste has smooth yummy sweet bourbon nicely nuanced by some pine hops and smooth rich sweet malts. This is rich smooth balanced and delicious. It lingers with smooth sweet bourbon and pine hoppiness that you really never want to go away. Wow, what a treat.