Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle with Carla from brewery. Pours dark brown with a hint of red/pink with almost no foam. Smells of sweet of bourbon, vanilla, cherry and chocolate. Tastes surprisingly mild with hints of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and prune. A little too bourbony for my taste, but it’ll be interesting to see how it ages.
symmetric (62) - - 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 (1941) - 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 (146) - 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 (3843) - 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 (1235) - 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 (2343) - 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 (3479) - 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.
NeuroPliny (151) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 330cc bottle. Shared with JB & ML. Dark mahogany-red with a red-brown head. Aroma is dark cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavour is chocolate, cherry, oak, sweet malt, tart fruit, and hops. Medium to full body. Delicious!
neuromatt (1159) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of JB, served in a stem glass. Pours deep mahogany with a tiny rim of bubbles. The nose has big baked cherry, molasses and oak, along with vanilla, port and dark fruit. The flavour is moderately sweet with big cherry and molasses notes. These are paired with toffee, earth, pepper and soft hops. The finish is long and malty with molasses, huge cherries and delicate hops. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall, an amazing brew. Truly amazing. He cherries put it over the top. Wow. 2014-09-10
Lukaduke (2222) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep rusty umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is layered with burnt sugar, bourbon heat, tart cherry and cocoa dusted leather. the palate follows with lots of complexity that ebbs and flows from amazing to slightly strange. But overall the big mouthcoating flavors won me over. Chocolate covered cherries, burnt sugar, leather, slight vinous acidity and lots of sweet earthy undertones that are heavily influenced by a round nutty bourbon presence.