douglas88 (5467) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 12 oz bottle big thanks to BrewDad, you are the man! What a treat. Pours a dark brown-near black color with a tiny almost non-existent head even with a vigorous pour. The aroma; well where do I start? Sweet tart apples, alcohol, sweet Belgian candies, rich malts, chocolate. A ton here. The flavor is initially lots of rich chocolates, tons of sugary sweets, apple brandy or some other sweet alcohol, super complex. Interesting and very nice. Complex as hell. Rating number 1200. Re-rate: original 2009 edition. Pours a totally black color with a struggle to form a head, but it cascades for a few seconds to a small beige head. The aroma is rich toffee, tobacco, molasses, dark fruit. The flavor is just an unusual mix of herbal, sugary sweet and smoky flavors, plums, cherries, even some evergreen in this. I certainly see this as a brandy-like brew. The apple from the Eau de Vie barrels is huge and changes the beer totally. Impressive and worthy of high praise. A sipper but drinkable.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 at pre-DLD at Flossmoor. Medium to thick mouthfeel with a sticky body. No head, and little carbonation. The taste was fairly sweet with some caramel and chocolate notes.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 2009: dark and muddy appearance with deep tobacco and cola brown color. close to no head but carbonation is present. nose is heavy banana/trappist yeast esters: overripe and burnt bananas dominate the nose and suggest something like dirty, phenolic weizenbock. chocolate / raisin / nut malt sweetness, but itís difficult to appreciate past the overbearing aged/moldy banana character. medium-full thickness with far too much sugar, leaving it syurpy and cloying. bourbon? vanilla? not really. smoke? chocolate? a little. creamed bananas? oh yeah. objectively speaking itís a bit of a mess and comes across as somewhat mediocre.
2009:Draft sample @ Bottleworks was an improvement but not a great one. less banana, more booze, same body.
2010: bottle at Hair of the Dog. no head but light to medium carbonation. none of the browned banana-bomb weizenbock qualities of the 2009. all of the oak, tobacco, leather, fig and smoke that I expected from the first batch. probably in the 4.2-4.4 range. sublime liquid.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance - This is as dark as its cherry and regular brothers. Very little carbonation, nothing left but a very faint ring around the edge of the glass. Black as a stout. Wow, coats the glass like a thick motor oil like stout as well. I canít wait to taste this monster.
Smell - first couple whiffs are lots of bourbon, vanilla, and green apple. There are some oaky characteristics there as well.
Taste - Subtle taste of bourbon and vanilla. I donít taste any apple or oak at all. Something about this tastes so much different from all the other bourbon barrel beers I have ever had though, I just canít put my finger on it. The alcohol is present, but not in an overwhelming way. Maybe it is the apple brandy that is playing with my head, never had brandy before. Absolutely delicious beer, wish there was more apple in the taste though, like in the smell. Lots of caramel in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - THICK! This coats my mouth in a sublime way; absolutely creamy and smooth. This has to be one of the smoothest beers I have tasted in a long time.
Drinkability - This is definitely a sipper, and it is not too overly heavy, but it definitely is a high gravity beer. I couldnít see myself drinking more than one bottle of this at a time.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to whoever brought this one to Flossmoor! Poured coppery deep brown with very little going on in the head department. The aroma was huge with cherry dust, sour oak, and rich, almost plummy notes.. picked up a hint of chocolate when digging deeper.. spicy and increasingly oaky on the back where the alcohol singed the nose hairs a bit. The flavor found thick cherry and plummy notes at the core with caramel and raisins as well.. spicy oak, vanilla, and more cherry surrounded.. hot aftertaste, but in a good way.. delightful! Sour and warm on the palate with great balance.. low carbonation and an almost syrupy feel.. hit all the right parts of the mouth. Excellent stuff!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from trevor211 - thanks a ton. I wanted to wait, but this one kept calling my name (and I have another bottle sourced it looks like) so screw it. This one has a beautiful brownish, murky pour - very reminiscent of Adam. Aroma is a really nice mix of oak, bourbon, wine, apple, smoke, chocolate and so much else - unreal complexity in the nose alone! Flavor has a good bit of oak/wet wood with the bourbon being slightly more noticeable than the Apple Brandy. Smokiness is fantastic here with just enough smoky campfire and a good bit of wood and sweetness. Some funky cheese here too Theres candy, a multitude of fruits and earth. Probably the most complex beer Iíve sampled. Crazy good mouthfeel with just a hint of alcoholic heat and just enough sweetness and wood. This blows away almost all other Wood-based beers as its so well balanced, and Iím gonna guess its only gonna get better. Hypnotizingly awesome, and I donít usually like young HOTDs nearly as much as older ones. A 5 all the damn way.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared w/ Pete at the Dallas doom (followed by Alesmith BA: í05 Dec, í07 Speed, í06 W.Heavy, geez). Poured a murky dark brown/black ... few tiny bubbles, but mostly flat. Smokey, oaky, chocolate, caramel drenched nose. Flavor is a bit Adamíesque. Super rich w/ caramel, toffee, green/candy apple, faint bourbon, pleasant heat, pretty sweet...leathery texture. Some carbonation would do this wonders...itís really missing something as still as it is. Damn tasty beer. Thanks Andre!!!
cgarvieuk (12775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE THANKS TO MIKETD ... deep black ... sweet toffee rich malt nose... loittle meaty ... woody toffee ... little vanilla ... deep roast .. little yeast ... sweet juicy and a lityle syrupy ... vinous and molasis
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
SourFest II. Big thanks to Skyview and whoever traded this to him! Dark brown color with no head. Rich molasses, chocolate and barley aroma. Strong bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar taste. Some oak, chocolate and vinous character as well. Thick feel. Does not have a heavy alchol taste. Excellent!
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(sample from enniskillen.)brown body with no head.the aroma and flavor are made up of raisins,caramel,brown sugar,plums,smoke,chocolate,and a slight hint of bourbon.super complex yet smooth.alcohol is well hidden.