pushkinwow (2292) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap for the 20th birthday party. Probably my favourite of the event. Dark mahogany with no head. Once it warmed up there was a plethora of things going on - molasses, oak, whiskey, syruppy malt, some vanilla, cherry, more booze, caramel, and yeast. Full body with almost no carbonation, incredibly thick, semi sweet, and long complex finish.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark brown color, small tannish head. Lots of flavors in this one. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, cherry, chocolate, some interesting hop flavors hidden in the background. Damn nice stuff.
douglas88 (7426) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the 20th Anniversary event. Cheers! This was quite a surprise. Pours a almost black color with a small white head. A big oaky dark malt nose, some booze, oxidation, vanilla. The flavor comes together well with bourbon, rich Adam throughout, some light toffee, sweet dust, very round and mellowed by age. Was great. Super enjoyable.
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source for the 20th anniversary celebration, courtesynof Douglas88, thank you sir! Hazy maroon brown color. Aroma of cola, root beer, malt. Taste is toffee, dark sweet malt.
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Thin brown head, heavy brown body.
N: Hops still present with pine and earth. Malt, cherry, sugar. Some raisin, prune.
T; Highly bitter with a good sweetness. Still has a pronounced cherry fruit.
M: Medium body with a strong carbonation.
O: Holding up extremely well. Surprisingly hoppy. Favorite of the night.
XaenDovet (1227) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap taster at brewery. Hazy amber. Aroma is an onslaught of candied sugar, tart fruit, berries, plum. Taste is bitter fruit malt and citrus rind.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hops in the aroma, grapefruit, floal hops, sweet-ish malts, toffee, caramel, light sugary sweetness that becomes very fruit. Brownish red with a thick coaty lace and a gantastic head. Malty sweet up front, toffee, light fruits, nice hoppy finish - grapefruit orange. Dry and hoppy, moderately sweet finish.
neepsntatties (1458) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Portland Holiday Ale Fest. Colour... dark brown with no head. Nose... tangy, tart, rather mustard like. Palate... quite tangy up front, yet lightly sweet, some citrus, tropical fruits, some tang on the back palate and a hint of Bourbon on the finish.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Vintage] Holiday Ale Festival... Poured brownish with no head. Tart, sour and yeasty aroma. Creamy and malty with fruits, black pepper, and that quintessential HotD character. Sweet, nicely spiced for the holidays.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft @ Brouwer’s Big Wood - boom!!! beer of the night w/o a doubt and complete shocker that it was on the menu; dark brown with frothy white head; aromas of hops, dirt, sugar and booze; very blue dot-esque with the earthy, malty hops; much heavier and fuller than Jim II; very sweet with wood and bourbon flavors shinning through; killer brew Alan!!