wlajwl (3746) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rye, big malts and a background of pine. The flavor is rye, complex caramel malts, barrel aging/fruit, grapefruit and a sour/dry finish.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 edition bottled 8/15/2013. 12 oz. bottle poured into shaker. Hazy deep copper color with a finger of fizzy tan head. Complex aroma with earthy notes of dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Flavors of rye, bourbon, and a long woody finish. Palate is quite smooth despite the 10% ABV. I love the regular version, so I had no doubt that I’d enjoy the barrel-aged variant. I was right.
mallons72 (157) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful beer. Lacing faint. To me, nose of raspberry. Rye finish. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Hebrew 2013 Holiday collection. Pours thick and turbid red colored, looking bright and hazy mahogany colored through direct light, the color of rare filet mignon, with a finger of frothy off-white head. The nose is...the nose is....Jesus Tits, Bob Griese, lemme tellya bout the nose. This nose is as intense as I’ve encountered. This nose is more complex and stiffer than a Bobby Bowden defense. A huge oaky bourbin initial aft, plus big malt, hops, rye, cacao, fruit. Tastes rich, smooth, with amazingly well hidden alcohol. The initial sip gives a big oaky and bourbon flavor, earthy malt, big hops, figgy fruit, cacao, molasses, and it smooths out after that, presenting more rye, oak, and bourbon, with the malt and hops balancing things out well. Stays oaky and spirity, never sweet, and always complex. This beer is one of the greatest of all time. I wouldn’t sacrifice my first born son for another bottle of this, but I;d sacrifice either of the Allstrom brothers. This one reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog Fred From the Wood.
superspak (2418) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, vanilla, toffee, coconut, whiskey, rye, oak, clove, toast, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, light pine, and oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big malt and barrel presence and complexity with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/barrel balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged DIPA. Hop presence was weak, but the malt/barrel balance and complexity of flavors were very impressive; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. I’ve been hunting this one for a while. Misty brown with beige frosting. Nose is caramel, whiskey, vanilla and orange peel. Lush body with a tingle and building heat. Taste is rye whiskey, grapefruit peel and pine. Quite brash and bitter to start. Hints of caramel with a lemon quinine finish. Hot stuff.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Whole Foods - Short Pump on 03/10/2011. Clear copper amber body with a large frothy off white head. Sweet caramel rye fruit and floral hop aroma. Sweet fruit caramel floral hops and rye flavor. Medium full body moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/15 3.8
On tap at Brewvival 2011. Slightly hazy copper body with a small off white head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel fruit and yeast flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation 7/3/5/4/13 - 3.2
GSH1976 (206) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in the 2013 Shmaltz Holiday Gift Pack. Bottling date 8/5/2013, batch #3 and case #975. Pours a hazy brown but upon closer inspection it may actually be a very dark amber with minimal head and little lacing. Aroma is interesting and dominated by the smell of whiskey barrels with a hint of caramel and what seems like coconut and vanilla. Taste is sweet with a strong booziness and whiskey notes but I detect some hops hidden in the background that lead to a slightly bitter finish but for the most part they are overwhelmed. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish. I don’t think I would want more than one of these in a sitting but it is a very interesting and complex beer.
UDBeernut (1600) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours brown, moderately translucent, cream colored foam ring. nose of rye, pine, booze. taste has solid bitterness, mild pine, and a quick rye spice. body is solid, mild drying finish.
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/11/2010. From bottle. Hazy deep amber with a white head. Floral, hoppy aromas with malt, citrus and pine. Bitter, fresh, and very satisfying. Good one.