Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 bottle. Poured hazy sunset orange with pretty much no head sticking around. The aroma picked up lots of sweet, aggressive, decadent bourbon with caramel, vanilla, and a little maple beneath.. slightly off-putting medicinal overtones.. I enjoyed the bourbon, but the rest really didn’t come together. The flavor found molasses, maple, and vanilla at the core, with the same aggressive bourbon (plus related peppery character) laced throughout.. finished hot with mostly bourbon character. Thick and syrupy on the palate with very low carbonation.. coating.. left a long, building bourbon burn down the throat into the belly (with some oxidation).. hot overall.. this just didn’t do it for me.
changeup45 (1709) - 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 (2664) - 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 (2983) - 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_ (2371) - 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 (694) - 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 (303) - 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 (1217) - 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.
MrFecesious (800) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle enjoyed at brewery. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with an airy white cap that settles to a thick roped edge. Aroma of bourbon, candi, oak, fruit, juice. Taste is sweet, tangy. Silky mouthfeel from a medium carbonated level. This beer is amazing.
berntholer (670) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
no head. amber colour. aroma is sweet, vanilla, bourbon. taste is syrupy and like aroma. dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle from box, thaks Luscious Loines 4FS
Pours a hazy orange, pretty much flat.
The aroma is rich & malty... toffee, pipe tobacco, some cooked fruit, & mild bourbon... It’s oxidized, it’s really very noticeably oxidized, very sherry like... I actually think it works with everything else going on here, but I think maybe this bottle could have been lifeless had we opened it much later.
The flavor is a bit like a cream sherry in as much as it has the rich & oxidized character of an oloroso but the bit raisin character of PX. It’s plenty sweet with Cavendish tobacco notes, raisin & cherry fruitiness, & plenty of toffee, licorice & bourbon. Again, it’s totally oxidized and my instinct is to dismiss it as simply such, but I’ve got to say that this is the most sherry like beer I’ve ever had in a very pleasant way, it kept me sipping and swirling and going back for more, it was simply delicious in spite of it’s state.
Not a shelf beer 4FS