HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter. Pours mahogany brown with an off white head that quickly reduces to a collar. Surprisingly vinous nose. Aha, the "funky" name makes sense. Taste is moderately sour up front followed by brown sugar, dark molasses, and agave nectar. Bitterness and a little wood hits the tongue at the very end. The sourness kind of throws me off; this isn’t as warm and inviting as I had expected. I was really hoping for more whiskey. If you reduced this, it would taste like an Asian food sauce.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Just too damn sweet...my eyes crossed. Actually, poured it down the drain and it spit it out! Rich cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, rye spiciness, brittle, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Nothing hoppy or bright to balance it out. Cloying...literally sticking to my palate. Had to drink a bottle of water to wash it down. Yuck.
Travlr (21167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bery dark maroon color, brown head, decent retention. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate milk, coffee, rum. Taste has sweet candied figs, raisins, dates, blackcurrant jam. Very sweet stuff.
doublebock (554) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with tan head. Malty aroma of whiskey and oak. Has an unexpectedly and outstanding sour flavor yet its also got the sweet molasses, dark fruit and toffee of a bourbon aged barley wine. Awesome and very unique flavor profile
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours near opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is tart and acidic dark fruits (cherry, plum, date, raisin, prune), caramel and cookie malt, earthy hops and oak. Flavor is sweet, near syrupy malt, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, spicy rye, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Wow. Almost too many flavors and aroma going on at first. This might have been the most complex thing (not just beer) I ever tasted. This beer was worth a thousand flavors. Hid alcohol incredibly well. I’d love to age some of this for a long time. You’d think all the flavors in the blend would blend together, but this really tasted like you were tasting at least six different beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with a small, beige head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel, chocolate, chocolate syrup; hints of coffee; light citrus hops; grape; raisin; prune; dark and sour cherries; port; wood; butterscotch; slight vanilla; a little bourbon and whiskey; and other dark fruit. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet; moderately sour; lightly acidic; and slightly bitter with and average to long duration. There was bourbon, caramel, sour fruit, whiskey, rye, chocolate, coffee, citrus hops, sour rye, vanilla, a little roasted malt, prunes, raisin, dark sour cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and a little wood. The full body was creamy and then a little oily with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent and alcoholic finish.
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with medium sized tan head. Aroma of malts, molasses, vanilla, oak barrel, and fruit. Taste of malts, caramel, molasses, green grapes, vanilla, sour notes and a red wine presence. Lots going on in this beer, very enjoyable!
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botttle from City Beer. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a medium-bodied dark malt flavor with dark fruit and a sour oaky finish.
oRos (1540) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Marcus smell is slight sour. Color is dark red almost black. Taste is sour with a roasted finish.
Theydon_Bois (16623) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Freshcraft Denver - 02/06/12.
Dark mahogony brown with tan head.
Dark fruis on the nose, prunes, figs, dates allied to molasses and malts.
Taste follows nose allied to being quite sweet but balanced by sour notes.
Fairly full bodied and thick, minimal carbonation, very drinkable with a boozey finish.