HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can see why people like this a lot. Very pronounced bourbon character, with some apple sweetness notes, but thatís pretty much it. Like drinking some kind of candy coated bourbon apple, I can detect hints of the usual HotD flavors lurking in the beer but theyíre all overshadowed by booze.
Dogbrick (11509) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a hazy dark copper-brown color with a medium thin foamy white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark fruit, oaky bourbon and vanilla. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - huge thanks to Max for sharing this one; shared with Vinny and Paul. Pours a deep brown body with soft lace. Nose is super woody, dark fruits and rich roasty espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of wood dominating the palate - but in a good way; with notes of rich roasted dark fruits, maple, molasses and soft gentle alcohol in the back.
PhillyCraft (5760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Max at Pauls. He said this one was at least 5 years old. Pours brown color with minimal head and lace. Notes of basement, florals, plum, fig, dirty wood, sticky molasses, and rich stogie. Medium to fuller body. Easy going and luxurious at the percent. I miss hair of the dogs of this quality, had about 15 at Borefts a year ago but they were all shit. This one brought me back to the good old days.
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Aroma is rich dark fruit, apple brandy, cookie dough, mild bourbon, huge vanilla, and light smoke. Tastes like apple brandy and cookie dough mostly. Huge vanilla, some dark fruit, some chocolate, light smoke. Just the slightest oxidation. No carb. Medium body and super slick mouthfeel. Pretty awesome overall. Iím betting this is past its peak. Would love to try this again some day a little fresher.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery Tap Room (Portland, OR). Consumed on site, 2010 Vintage. Pours a deeper hazy brownish hue, some purple jabs of dried fruit, tamarind color with a gentle glow on the edges that is subtle. Loose bubbly head dies to a mellow ringer, tannish layer laces smaller but the nature of the beer likely leads to that. Aromas are dried fruit, a bit of raisin and vanilla meet jabs of toast, caramel and faint cocoa. More dark and dried fruit preach plum, black cherries and raisin elements mixing with some decent growing bourbon influence, spirit and vanillin, gentle warmth and subtle apple influenced spirit. A bit deeper, residual brown sugar and gentle caramel malts behind with mellow toast. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of barrel thinning leaves it with a touch of body. Caramel and oak meet dark fruit, subtle yeastiness and some fuzzy tannic oak. Gentle spiciness, dying sweetness and more raisin, gentle tannic and sticky faint molasses appeal, brown malts. A fruit element that melds and expands, dark fruit, gentle apple, some nice oak elements and oxidized and sherry like vinous appeal is firm and flowing. Rich flavors, sufficient expertly manicured oak influence as this one ends up smooth and rich all at the same time. Chocolatey and biscuity, so much going on as the flavors ebb and flow wonderfully. Rich and flavorful, a good mastered blending and aging time as this one ends up light enough without being just oak/spirit dominated. Rich, a bit carmelized, brown malt and molasses mix with toastiness, oak, and gentle fruit, dark fruit and plum. Subtle honey, earth, oak and that gentle apple spirit really adds some complexity on top of that lovely well managed bourbon spirit. Delicious masterfully crafted stuff. World class. While the nose and pour arenít necessarily winning awards, the flavors and flow contained within definitely are.
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle split 3 ways on 3.29.14.
Dark chocolate in color with no head. Smells like dark fruit and a bit earthy.
Flavor is toffee and some chocolate notes. Very oily. Drinkable. I like it!
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010. Deep caramel malty smell and taste. Full body, very low carbonation, and no foam.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle at HotD. Dense murky brown pour with no head. Aroma is plum, mild apple, wood, bourbon. Similar taste. Palate is slightly dense with very soft carbonation.
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I got to try this, fuck, over a year ago. Maybe a 2-3 oz sample pour from a buddy. I didnít take any notes, but I got to thinking I should just enter it and maybe someday Iíll get to try it again and do a proper rating, but I was at work so I didnít have time. I just remember it being very dark brown with basically no head and having a very complex aroma with dark fruit and some smoke notes being predominant. It was very sweet and the body was heavy, oily, and soft to almost not even carbonated. It was a great experience and one I am thankful for being a part of. Someday perhaps I will get to try it again. But until then, Daveís not here, man.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...Pour is dark with a very small head..Nose is Chocolate, rich, plum, alcohol, vanilla, some smoke, musty, dry oak...Taste is maple, apple skin, dark fruits, spice, chewy and rich..