MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rapture. In. A. Glass. This beer has everything. It crosses so many delicious borders all at once. It has such a sweet note to it, very sugary -like a tripel or a belgian strong -but not candy sweet. It is still backed by a little bit of bite to it, bitterness and alcohol like a barley wine. But is so mellow -and the wood flavor comes out right at the end, just ...just fantastic. Back to it tho- This has a slightly smokey, ginger, raisin brown sugar and molasses scent. Flavor is like overly ripe banana in its sweetness and softness, but cuts with some bitterness and the alcohol. This is fantastic stuff. Many many many thanks to Chuck’s in Chagrin to having one bottle of this in the back actually for sale.
JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ HOTD tasting. Shared with Yarrick, PriorL, Mathieu87 and Chris. Dark brown colour, thin layer of dark brown foam. Medium carbonation. Malty body. Aroma of prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, oak and toast. Well balaned but maybe a bit too sweet.
gramity (1462) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany with a light tan head. Smell huge bourbon vanilla, oak. Taste oak, caramel, char, and toffee, very sweet and a bit hot. Medium to full bodied.
AndySnow (4089) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How: Bottle, 2008 vintage.
Where: Tasting at omhper.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, malt, raisin, fruit.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Raisin, dried fruit, alcohol, malt.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruit and spices.
Salmoniform (1006) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 poured from bottle to glass. Hazy copper hue with creamy off white head. Aroma is toffee, oak, tobacco, prune, ethanol. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an oaky tannin following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is a very nice brew.
Danyel (1076) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy brow with orange hues and white head. Aroma is strong wood, tons of oak, chocolate, prunes. Taste is rich, a wood bomb. Overall, very good.
UDBeernut (1853) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the HOTD rating room. Pours medium hazy Amber, small cream hued head. Big nose of oak, booze, dark fruits. Major booze burn up front, molds into dark fruits, oak, vanilla. Potent stuff for sure. Finish adds more booze burn. Wow.
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, thanks 3fourths! Hazy amber, small head. Generous oaky vanilla and caramel aroma. Sweet with full body and soft mouthfeel, low carbonation. Wonderfully well structured, white wine, caramel, vanilla and oak. Warming finish. Fantastic stuff!
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Had this mixed up with Bourbon FFTW. I actually like this one better as it tones down the sweet boozinees while adding a layer of oaky complexity while maintaining the fruit and slightly bitter aspect of the base. Great stuff."
BenH (2509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Paul. Brown with tan head. Interesting aroma, lots of vanilla and some coconut, some dried fruit, raisins and caramel. Taste is complex, smooth and balanced, vanilla, dried fruits. Sweet and warming. Delish