tectactoe (2851) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle / 2011: Thanks, Tim. Under-carbonated pour, but expected. Silky copper & amber with good clarity, absolutely no head at all. Sticky toffee covered figs & bourbon soaked raisins hit the nostrils first, followed by mild notes of brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, wet oak, & alcohol in the finish. Boozy, sweet, big; everything you’d expect to find in a Hair of the Dog old ale. Taste is sweet... VERY sweet. Raisins, figs, red apple skin, all layered with notes of sweet & warming bourbon, molasses, & caramelized brown sugar. Notes of anise, red licorice, & caramel candies grow with warmth, & I’m picking up just a hint of sweet vanilla in the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable, but kept in check due to the high sweetness. Slick, oily mouth feel, a little carbonation here would be nice. Very good flavors & aromas, but some ample carbonation would bring this one along nicely, methinks.
Salmoniform (1179) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 poured from bottle to tulip glass. Hazy orange hue with thin white bubbles but no head. Aroma is figs, raisins, caramel, orange citrus, oak, big bourbon vanilla, grain. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and low carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an astringentness in the following and lingering ethanol finish. Overall this is a low carbonated but fantastically full bodied and flavorfully complex brew!
BVery (7367) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with Kevin - thanks! Murky brownish amber pour with minimal head. Nose is carmel, wood, and bourbon. Somewhat sweet taste, with a touch of booze. Chocolate coming out as it warms. Lower carbonation. Yummy beer.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours copper with just a few loose bubbles on top; flat with no head. Smells good though with plenty of bourbon and wood to go with nice little nuances of plum, licorice, and toffee. Rich with a light burn in the back of the throat but very smooth going down. A gentle warmth throughout. The flavors mostly fall in line with the aroma: bourbon and barrel notes lead the way, with plenty of candied fruit (raisin, date, plum), sweet toffee, as well as vanilla and leather to give this some nice depth. It’s a good beer for sure, but oh man, this could have been epic with some carbonation. But I knew that going in.
tgncc (2971) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Via trde with SetauketBrewer Pours reddish brown, no head, hazy, slight translucence. The aroma is sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, ripe fruit. The flavor is sweet bourbon, fruity, vanilla, bread pudding. The finish is sweet, fruit, boozy, vanilla, woody. No carbonation, flat mouthfeel, medium in body, slightly thick. Good.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours orange/red/brown with no head. Firey but fat and fairly rond barrel profile in the aroma with caramelly/bready malt alongside tropical and dried fruits. Nice oxidation. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with fairly slim malt profile (for a BW), firey barrel profile and fruit. The mouthfeel is numbing with almost no carbonation. Medium bodied.
_angst_ (3235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow (IIRC)! 2011 vintage. Pours hazy deep wooden reddish brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is is malty and boozy with heavy caramel, vanilla fudge, sweet dark bread, charred oak, bourbon, alcohol, lemon peal, biscuits, leather, raisins, soy sauce, dried pineapple, dried papaya and alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty with biscuits, heavy caramel, Brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla fudge, toffee, alcohol, lemon zest, alcohol, toasted coconut, raisins, dried papaya and hints of sweet Indonesian soy sauce. Mouthfeel is round, velvety, oily, flat and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with biscuits, caramel, toffee, charred oak, bourbon, hay, shredded coconut, alcohol, caramelized almonds, dried papaya and leather. Impressive stuff!
BK7 (770) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from the brewpub. Complex flavors of dark fruits, oak, wood, caramel, spices, pine and finishes with the bourbon. Tasty.
Ataraxia (406) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy, burnt orange-brown with off-white lacing. Aroma is a bit hot from the bourbon; there’s also brown sugar, figs, charred oak, leather, and a subtle amount of tobacco. Sugary but not overly sticky, viscous, full-bodied, and smooth with little carbonation. Finish is boozy and sweet.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share in 2013. Pour is hazy dark brown with no head. Aroma is brown sugar, dates, honey, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is very malty - vanilla, oak chips, honey, booze. A bit cloying and almost no carbonation, disappointing.