theisti (3321) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle sent to me by bvc. Pour is deep dark brown, almost black with faint ruby highlights. Very small off white head rims the glass with large foam bubbles. Aroma of honey caramel maltiness, grainy black pepper, and soft yet full earthy notes. Full and rich, pretty nose. Taste is semi sweet dark chocolate, apple - black cherry and apple fruit (not sweet more of the skin of the fruits) grassiness, dusty earthiness, evident alcohol heat in the chest but not apparent in the flavor. Nice charred smoky sensation as well. Tobacco, straw notes. As with the nose, super full and rich. Palate is heavy medium, mouth coating but not overpowering. Long finish is the smoke notes, cherry skins and lingering alcohol. Reminiscent of Rochefort 10 - though with more layering and depth of flavor. Wow, gorgeous beer - thanks for grabbing this for me Brandon. At the time of rating, this is a top 10 beer for me.
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received 12-oz bottle via trade with 5000. Pours a hazy dark brownish amber brew with a quick dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a thin film. Aroma of smoked dark malt, bourbon and vanilla, a hint of apple and chocolate. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of smoked dark malt, vanilla, candi sugar, apple, a hint of caramel and brandy. Finish is semi-sweet, a little thin but still has a nice oaked bourbon and smoked dark malt aftertaste.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to Skyview for sharing!!! Lots of bourbon biscuits on the nose with faint apple, vanilla, and oak. Nice dark color with no head. Massive oaky taste with molasses, vanilla, and bourbon biscuits. A little watery on the finish.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark pour just loaded with differing flavors. Got some smoky tobacco, dark fruits, sugars, port. Great balance. Wonderful.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Pantanap for sharing. Dark brown almost opaque with small beige pancake head. Cherry, apple aroma with barrel, beautiful, sweet, subtle smoke. Flavor is cherry, some alc, slightly sour, bourbon, sweet dark fruit, appe butter, dirty, earthy, smoke comes off as char, dates, alc finish, delicious. Medium to thin with watery body. What an amazing beer, one of the best that Iíve had in awhile, well since dirty horse.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle THANK YOU DAKNOLE! Dark cloudy reddish brown with scattered lacing. Apple brandy beer with a perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness,both intense, with subtle harmonics of smoke and fruit. Exceptional.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a clear caramel with ruby highlights and a small brown head. Aroma is apple skins, peated malt, brown sugar, brandy, caramel, alcohol, and raisins. Flavor is alcohol, roasted barley, peat smoked malts, and a nice touch of apple. Remarkably dry for a beer this big and this young. Medium body with little carbonation. Iím hoping the flavors will mellow and blend on this guy over a year or so.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
T3. Huge thanks to padrefan98 for this one. Iíd like a sixer of this to go please. Red brown with a tiny head and lace. Subdued nose. Oak and warmth. Tiny bit of sourness hidden in there, along with a hint of chocolate. The flavor was remarkably complex. Caramel, cola, hops and malt, vanilla. Smooth and sharp all at once. Seriously delightful. I cannot even begin to relate the complexity.
ilovedarkbeer (2363) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to AmEricanbrew for sharing. Flavor is apple wood smoked bacon, tart apple pie / crumble, cinnamon, and vanilla. Nose is pretty much the same. This beer is like a delicious breakfast and I really like to see the use of smoked malts. Well done. Medium mouthfeel. Long and haunting finish.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to suzygreenberg for trading me this bottle. Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. Phenominal beer. I hope to visit the creator this summer. So complex, so delightful. I wish I were a poet. Damn good, caramel, malts, vanilla. Incredible!