travita (4533) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to americanbrew. The look is dark brown in color with not too much head. The smell is malts, alcohol, fruits, smoke, roasty, my mother in law’s apple bacon breakfast cassarole. Awesome smell. The taste is sweet, very good, alcohol, malts, fruits, apple, and smoke.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mj and buckeyeboy, thanks guys! Poured almost black with no head. Apple, tart and slightly burnt aroma. Flavor is sweet, a bit yeasty, soy, more green apple with some smoke background. Lucious palate, really coats everything. Very unique beer that I think will be sublime with some age on it.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown, cloudy, with faint orange hues. Aroma of nice fruit, dark malt, cherries. Flavor is very sweet, smoke, wood, beef jerky, some fruit
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white ring of tiny bubbles. Aroma of vinous, wood, plum, beef jerky, some smoke, and apple. Flavor of toffee, roasted malt, caramel, light smoke, wood, apple, candi sugar, and chocolate.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle,wow this was excellant this poured a dark cloudy brown with no head and flavors of plums and sweet cheery with hints of oak and bourbon but not overwhelming in that area,this was a sipper and very enjoyable.CHEERS!
douglas88 (7446) - 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 (8701) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 can’t 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 don’t 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 can’t 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 couldn’t see myself drinking more than one bottle of this at a time.
Ughsmash (7408) - 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!