mathieuc (2276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to tom10101, many many thanks Tom! Pours a dark reddish brown with no head and thus no lacing. Nose is of bourbon, coconut and caramel. Really rich. Taste is of chocolate, cherry, caramel and bourbon. Body is really just perfect here, full, rich, liquorous, dense... the list goes on. It is never hot, in fact I felt almost no alcohol whatsoever. Yum!
czar (5839) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, many thanks bro! pours hazy dark brown-red, little to no head, no lacing. luscious chocolate, cherry meat, but also red grapes - red wine character too, balsamic reduction - also w/o its vinegar, maple syrup, beef stock concentrate, sweetness - burnt caramel and balsamic sugars, pepper. low carbonation if not still, medium to full body - oily and sticky, lightly tannic and fruity-balsamic-spicy finish. interesting but not so much my thing.
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle ’14 thanks Burg for this lovely bottle - Pours dark brown, little carbonation but thick and luscious. Smells woody, cherries, dates, and figs. The taste is malty sweet with cherries and dates. It’s really smooth even with all of the alcohol in here. I’m really digging this beer or I’m already drunk. Either way, life is good!
symmetric (65) - - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet cherry, treacle, and a bit of boozy hotness on the nose. Rich sweet palate with a thick bitter finish.
tectactoe (3122) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: First time was the 2011 vintage, courtesy of Jeff. Next time, 2012 vintage thanks to Tim. Then another 2012, again thanks to Tim, about a year later. The aged 2012 was the best experience by far, so this rating is based on that. Raspberry-ruby shade of red with a brown opaqueness towards the center; barely any head at all. Just a few stray bubbles. Aroma is a nice mix between classic Hair of the Dog Old Ale & a fruity barley wine. Sticky brown sugar, molasses, oak, black cherry, pungent bourbon, mild vinousness, a touch of oxidation, a little bit of smoke, & some robust earthiness. Nice berry flavor on the palate, too, with a large fruit presence that never seems too out of plate (i.e., never too sweet or too tart, given the style). Heavy black cherry, plum, dates, backed up with big notes of boozy wood, sticky toffee & caramel, syrupy molasses, leather, & a touch of vanilla. Heavy body, coats the entirety of your palate with each sip. The first bottle of 2012 was quite smoky, which was a nice element, but it overpowered the cherries a little. The aged bottle had a much more well integrated smoke character & was surprisingly the most cherry-heavy of all the bottles. Definitely the smoothest & most enjoyable of them all, although I wouldn’t have turned down any of the three!
78samh (229) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Cherries, cocoa, oak, tobacco, bourbon. No carbonation which is weird. No boozy after taste, very smooth. Rich and very unique!
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle: Long time wish list item, almost white whale status. Am while I enjoyed it quite a bit, it was not as good as Michael or Flanders Fred. Very tannic. Dark pour, nearly flat. Not al lot of cherry per se, but very winey and oakey, leathery. The cherry actually took away some complexity from Adam and the superb adam from the wood. Glad to have tried this."
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty dark brown, dusty soily head. Bright berry rather than cheery. Rich earthy sweetness up front but ojo Faint sweetness. Almost Ribena. Dry tartness. Vinious. Rich. Delicious. Big up on this.
Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul
BenH (3068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tthanks to Paul. Near black with tan head. Some woody Flanders aroma, oak, ash, tobacco. Taste of sour cherry, like a flanders, oak, tar. Sweet and a clean finish.
jsquire (3757) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with some mahogany hints when held against the light. It poured out of the bottle almost still. Bourbon and cherry nose. Dark woody barrel flavors with lots of dark cherry fruitiness. This evokes a fruitcake and dried fruit, but it just wasn’t what I had hoped for in this beer.