ACHops (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beer Junction. I’m assuming this is the listed beer, Hale’s no longer calls it Pikop Andropovs Rushin... And it’s listed as bourbon barreled. Anyway, pours inky black with thick mocha brown head that retains well. Aroma is sharp boozy bourbon and not much else. Taste is smooth roasty malt with a rich somewhat thin body. Big bourbon barrel flavor on the back. Potent, high abv easily noticed.
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewer is excellent at brewing interesting beers that don’t quite hit the mark. This one seems to be flying completely under the radar. It pours black with an average, disappearing head. Aroma is relatively mild but nice, with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla; wish there was more of it. Flavor is roasted, dark chocolate, bourbon and a little bitterness. Don’t know the ABV, but there’s some alcohol bite in this. Not a sweet or heavy beer, but not at all thin; decent palate. Finishes with lots of flavor, but there is just a little cardboard taste in there that probably doesn’t belong. Overall a pretty decent BA brew from Hales; glad they made it.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Sweet bourbony nose--lots of fumey alcohol, apricots, chocolate, and vanilla. Sticky thin body. Roast, chocolate, apricots, and vanilla on the mid palate. Not hot, but a little overly sweet. Too much barrel.
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
april 2012 on tap at Hale’s. Smell of semi-sweet chocolate; very pleasant on a palate; creamy; raisin and chocolate, very well-balanced. Hale’s absolute favorite.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Brandon for this one!! Poured black as night with a near equally black head. The aroma picked up a warm blend of darker chocolates with accents of coconut, hazelnut, sweet whiskey, and vanilla.. not a whole lot of barrel presence, but what was there was entirely complementary.. like a decadent chocolate cake. The flavor opened with cherry-kissed chocolates and a little oaky edge.. the middle was syrupy and thick, but lacked some definition (lots of chocolate, though).. tart, near-metallic whiskey, black pepper, and oak surrounded.. finished with more tartness and chocolate, plus a little alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied and viscous on the palate.. lots of roast (burnt at times).. low carbonation.. decent feel overall, but a little too much tartness, and the nose set up unrealistic expectations of "smooth".
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great varied nose of patent malt, roast, dark chocolate, rye whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit. Pours viscous black, oily, heavy legs, great beige head, wonderful lace. Roast, acrid patent malts balanced by dark chocolate and dark fruit, vanilla, sweet chocolate, light spicy rye notes, wood barrel. Damn, best hales beer ever? Yes. Balanced, creamy smooth body, dry roasty finish. Really drinkable. YES!
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler that I had filled a couple of weeks ago. Pours a viscous super dark brownish black with tight dark tan head. The nose has slight oxidation, with good amount of deep dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, light spicy rye notes...smells really good! The body is surprisingly smoother than the pour suggests and the carbonation is perfect for the style. Patent malt, chocolate, blueberry, tobacco, subtle rye...but present, vanilla and light peat. Damn this is solid and the barrel is complementary to the base beer.