Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1000 for me, and I couldn’t have picked a better beer for the occasion, I have to give a huge thanks to Andre 5000 for sending me a couple of bottles. Rating #156. Deep dark mahogony pour with virtually no head. Great aroma, wood, some alcohol, a little soy sauce, chocolate, a lot of stuff going on there. Flavor was much the same, some dark, ripe fruits thrown in there, very rich and silky and a little sticky, this was glorious. )
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Bottle from trevor22 - thank you sir! The nose is the least appealing part - very straightforward dark caramel malt in that typical HotDog style. The color is also well-trod ground for Mr. Sprints: a dark ruby brown. Then you taste it. Apple, caramel, winter spice (only a twist), then something very odd like taro, cream, vanilla, and somehow only the lightest whisper of wood. Is it perverse that I found this refreshing?
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Dasilky1 for my birthdaybeer. Pours the color of Ron Burgundy’s finest brown suit with a nice head. Smells of sour apple, dried fruit, smoke, dry dog food, vinegar and some nice sour funk. Tastes of molasses, raisins, apples, black licorice, and good bourbon. Boooozy with a warming alcohol finish there’s a lingering but not unpleasant film left in your mouth. Very enjoyable.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks go out to MJ for the trade. Sampled to celebrate the eve of playitbybeer’s 23rd birthday. Pours pretty headless and a dark brown with a purple hue. The nose is explosively vinous and boozy with a meaty smokiness and interesting notes of celery, ocean breeze, and apple cider. I could sit here for hours analyzing that nose. Huge vinous flavors and boozy too, and thick, dark, and meaty with residual sweetness from the candy sugar, adequate balancing green hop notes, hot warming alcohol, smokey nuances, and a grape-like or even raisin-like fruitiness. It almost has a cuvee de tommee-like malt profile without the wild yeast funk or sourness...so it’s got an old school refined sipper like attitude. Hella nice.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
creamy and delicious, woah.. dark ruby with a medium head .. so complex, and the locks were changed .. . plum to berry to apple to burnt wood; so so so complex oh whaaat a dream, merrily merrily ..fuck! so delicious! .. hammers!
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks so much Jason. Sick. As expected, another big, rich, chewy, smokey, complex concoction from Alan Sprints. The combination of the already high abv and the barrels make this brew slightly too hot to handle right now but I can see this developing rather nicely in the years to come. Must find more to age.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks BuckeyeBoy. Pours a dark leathery brown with a thin, creamy tan head. Artful bits of sticky lacing. Sweet aroma is malty, dark fruits, brown sugar, and barrel notes. Flavor is rich and smooth. A very well balanced and blended taste of malt, dark pitted fruits, bananas, cloves, vinous, chocolate, and barrel notes. Silky and warming. Absolutely wonderful. I wonder what it would be like to freeze it twice and barrel age it for 20 years...
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade from adamharbaugh on BA - thanks for this awesome beer! Shared at a tasting with some BAs and my girlfriend, who is becoming quite the beer person herself. Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, smoke, and even a hint of tartness. Flavor is mostly malty with caramel, toffee, vanilla, prune, fig, black cherry, bourbon, roast/smoke, chocolate, apple, and some mildly tart barrel notes. Incredibly complex and tasty. Palate medium-full and smooth with long-lasting flavor and some alcohol warmth. This is a phenomenal beer. Hope I get a chance to try it again.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Tweety. Pours a clear warm reddish brown with a small, rough off-white head. Intense aroma of dried fruit and some bourbon. Quite full-bodied but rather flat, hard roasted malt, Bourbon notes but also peaty whisky. Dried fruit - prunes in particular. Warming alcoholic finish. 240709
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.