HonusWagner (1638) - 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.
artmcd8 (1902) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade. 2013. Dark brown pour. No head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with a slight booziness. Complex. Medium thick mouthfeel. Low carb. Loved this one.
theothermatt (257) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as a present. 2013 Vintage. Brown pour without head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and apples. A nice richness to this. Boozy with hints of apple, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and charcoal. Really nice.
Salmoniform (1137) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, oak, hickory smoke. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a huge savory following and slight ethanol finish. Overall, this brew is amazing!
Benzai (9350) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [from trade with cavemanlawyer, big thanks!!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Niels. Opaque dark brown to black color, small off-white head that diminishes instantly. Aroma is malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary. Tastes about the same: malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary, perhaps a slight bitter. But itís just not, no totally not what I had expected it to be. Quite a disappointment.
stoutnick (654) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle in trade with bursprak, Thanks mate! Muddy brown pour into Unibroue glass. Minor head. Aroma is oak, mild bourbon, molasses, prunes, dates. Great complex smell which doesnít rely on any one characteristic. Also, one of the very few beers with a dark fruit smell which doesnít remind me of a Belgian strong, which is good. Taste begins with massrive sweetness like fortified wine, then honeyed prunes and dates, toffee, caramel. Lovely soft carbonation. Abv extremely well hidden. Finishes with a very very mild smoke which is surprising for its lightness - must have used less smoked malts in this most recent vintage. Dry finish. Just a great drinking beer here! As it warms dark fruits take over more and a boozey vibe. Overall, best HoD Iíve yet had - perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Like the best parts of Adam and Fred had a baby and called it Matt.
DutchDrebus (4421) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sherry, bourbon, sweet, alcohol, red wine, rinse appelstroop, boozy. Pretty sweet stuff. Tastes cider, cork, mead, honey, alcohol, sweet, booze, wallnut. Full body, soft carbo.
DedicatedToFun (3360) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, boozy, sweet, awesome.
bursprak (892) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle split two ways, thanks Aaron! Almost black pour, slightly see through at the edges, with a small beige head. This one has so many things going on, tobacco, vanilla, apples, loads of dark dried fruits, roast, some light smoke and some bourbon. In a weird way all this comes together in a beautiful way and itís a great sipper.
wedgie9 (2487) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottleworks X Bottling
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a capped 12oz bottle that I shared at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville. Pours dark cola brown with a thin tan head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is super malty caramel and brown sugar with a nice dose of smoked malt. The flavor is all about the caramel and brown sugar with an added darker date and raisin note, very light smoke adding complexity, and the alcohol held in check nicely. The body is full with light carbonation and a long lightly smoked and very malty finish.
charule (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured clear brown with light beige head. Aroma is super caramel light roast malts sweet. Light carb med bod. Complex taste quite sweet boozy tobacco roast.