BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a dark amber mahogany color with some tan head. The nose is bright and fruity with some thick malty caramel esters up front. Not really the most nose-forward beer based upon the flavor profile, carbonation and the intended maltiness. The flavor is outrageous however. Hoppy, malty, tart and savory. Delectable! Finishes sublime and smooth. Amazing balance and overall drinkability. Thicker Adam it seems. Very nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to beernbourbon for putting this one up in a freebie contest - you rock, Vince! Muddy dark pour, like many HOTD beers, like something a brigand would drink from an iron cup. My initial impression was that the nose was very similar to FFTW, a blend of yeast, spice, and wood. But what distinguishes it, and this comes through as the beer warms, is the blend of smoke and the second barrel variety, with just a hint of dark sour fruit (some raisin initially, then some tart apple). I’m not entirely convinced that it all hangs together, but it’s a very good beer and I’m super stoked to have tried it.
MeadMe (1386) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
provided by fishingnet
A: Pours a nice rich brown hue with a nice tan head. Nice retention and spotty lace.
S: Simple aromas of oak, smoke, apples, and black cherries.
T: Apple up front, tobacco, along with nice blast of fresh oak. Subtle smoke, with dark cherries, and a hint of sourness.
M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation.
D: Great, really is a beer worthy of the acclaim.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing! I just don’t see what all the hype surrounding this beer is about. Its good, but I was far from blown away. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smoke, leather, and caramel on the nose. Candi sugar, bourbon, oaky tannins, peat, and big alcoholic presence
omhper (20452) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks xmarcnolanx! Pours thick with mahogany colour, almost no head. Woody pear abd orange aroma. Concentrated flavours with plenty of smoke, wood and caramel. Very powerful with massive amounts of soft malt backing up the high alcohol creating a warming, full flavoured concotion that are to be enjoyed very carefully.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a clear dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of smoke, cherry, chocolate, light sourness, spice, caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fresh dark fruit, light sourness. Generally medium body with a pleasing finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by JCB. Pours dark brown with reddish tint. Sweet nose in the way that many HOTD beers are sweet. Apples, complex malt. Some wood and vanilla/bourbon. Mild smoke/tobacco/leather. Goodness in a bottle.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Very dark amber chestnut with a thin but stable off white head. Bloody hell. I was expecting this to be good but Christ on a bike, this is a belter. Big and boozy all round. Stunning apply calvados that reminds me a lot of of Neige Ice Cider blended perfectly with the bourbon and chocolate. Faint honey, lots of fruity sweetness. Seriously complex, fantastically rich and decadent. Amazing length, amazing balance considering how much it has going on. Utterly excellent beer. Thanks as always Grant.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a dark ruby brown with a one finger light tan head. The nose is sweet, mild alcohol, cherry skins, rich and malty, mild tobacco. Flavor is very rich, malty, complex, woody, mildly sweet, raisiny, some alcohol, leather/tobacco. Smooth warm and velvety palate.
TheEpeeist (3445) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Inky brown with a hazy slick and a few bubbles. Nose is licorice, caramel, apple jack, vanilla and chocolate; luscious. A silky sipper with a mild bite and a lingering, warming buzz. Taste is raisin, caramel, wood and tart blackberry. Finishes with peppery orange marmalade and dark chocolate. Lush and intoxicating.