Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle-thanks to Dakole for sharing this rare gem! pours deep copper hue with a small white head. Didnt have much carbonation however, our sample seemed to have a little. nose of coconut, wood, butterscotch, vanilla. Lots of complexity here. big wood notes, oak and bourbon/butterscotch. this is a pretty damn well done barrel aged beer, which is something im not a huge fan of. too much to write down here. Wow!
JPDurden24 (1381) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh boy, is this a good beer, a little darker than the original Fred with a lot of bourbon aroma, and the taste just has more bourbonny goodness. Lucky enough to have it on draft at the source. Awesome!
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 Ar: Nose dominated by bourbon, oak to follow - floral hop notes and alcohol
Ap: Hazy dark amber, almost brown - frothy white head
T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon - strong hops, caramel malts
P: Full bodied, warmth from bourbon, decent carbonation
O: Bourbon dominates so not incredibly balanced, though that is what I was looking for. Really great beer, fun to have side-by-side with original Fred.
writerljberg (404) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle of what looks to be the first 2012 review.
A: Tints of red, brown, and orange. There is an astonishing head on this one which lasts. I think I could float the bottle cap on it.
N: Brilliant. Toffee, caramel, some spice from the oak, vanilla, coconut. Iím catching some whiffs of the grapefruit/pine, but theyíre really far in the background. The nose is letting me know how incredibly sweet this is going to be.
T: The flavors back up the nose. Thereís a ton of toffee and caramel here, and they very much linger. The bourbon hits like a ton of bricks, both in flavor and in alcohol profile. Unlike a lot of other beers, Iím giving it a pass for the alcohol because of how very much like bourbon it is. The Belgian candi sugar is riding shotgun along with a hint of hops. Incredibly well balanced for such a huge beer.
M: Yes, Iím giving this a 5, because this is exactly what I want from a barrel aged beer. Thick, coating, viscous. Hits you, then lingers. In fact, the aftertaste is the best part as you revel in the flavors above.
O: Alan is a master, and this beer is a showcase. Matt 2010 is the only other beer heís brewed which I think can top this one. I can see why there was a run on cases when people started opening their bottles. Get yours. This is amazing now, and itís going to be even better in 2 or 3 years.
(Note: I thought the 2011 was very mediocre. This is an incredible improvement over its brother.)
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ APEX. Pours muddy brown with an orange tint. No head at all, but thatís how all the HOTD Bourbon batches have been for me so far. Aroma is bourbon up front, vanilla, toffee, oak, rich caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is the same. Mouthfeel is very flat and almost watery. Leaves a trace of heat in the finish. Overall, tastes amazing, but lacks that WOW factor for me.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear, caramel amber with zero head. Smells like womanís deodorant, vanilla, orange zest, maple, light wood, medicinal. Flavor is vanilla, mint, lightly herbal, some light cedar, maple, caramel. Full bodied, sticky, caramel finish.
BoBoChamp (4692) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, Vintage 2011, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, sweet/alcoholic and slightly malty/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at brew pub. Pours muddy brown with nice head. Aroma is boost bourbon nuts toasted malts and leather. Taste is vanilla with light sweetness bourbon and toast world class
Blairgus (2195) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 June 2012, bottle. Orange tinted brown and a bit cloudy. Amazing nose! Faintly tart, orange peel, bourbon, oak, and lots of alcohol. Med body, syrupy, and almost flat. Taste is thick orange rind, some chili powder, cinnamon, bourbon, maple syrup, lots of alcohol. Amazing!
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crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011. Absolutely flat, no carbonation. Pours murky caramel amber. The nose is sour bourbon. Not saying this is infected but there is definitely a sour note I wasnít expecting. vanilla, oak, bourbon flavors play together well but I just canít get behind this. Onto the regular Fred...