j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head around the edges. Super sweet malt, a touch of wood and alcohol on the nose. Medium to thick bodied, very sweet and malty, syrupy, a good amount of malt. A bit too sweet, more caramel and burnt marshmallow than I’d like.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This falls into the "good, but not my thing" camp. It doesn’t help, I guess, that I sampled this in the heat of summer, too. Black, tan head. Smells very sweet, brown sugar and oak. Flavor is...kinda muddled, actually. Coffee, winey, cognac. Very heavy, too.
jtclockwork (10658) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of sour malt, cocoa, rye, whiskey barrel, dark fruits, oak and vanilla. Lots of sour dark fruits but not overwhelming. Medium body. Solid but a little unbalanced at times.
italarican (1521) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s. Aroma is rich of boisenberry, chocolate syrup, and whisky. Sweet and boozy flavor of marshmallow cream, bourbon, and some tart boisenberry. The touch of tart fruit is delicious with the silky chocolate. This doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I really like it!
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tasting. dark red pour with a small tan head. sharp nose with light vanilla and bourbon. med body - sweet throughout with dark fruits, light oak and plums. sweet, light bourbon finish with dark fruits.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured very deep brown with a tall, well-retained, dense beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sour cherries upfront (totally unexpected), with vinous notes, toasty oak, nutty notes, and chocolate behind.. kept coming back to cherry skins and funk.. lots of stuff going on and it’s hard to know what to think about it.. intriguing, though. The flavor opened with tangy whiskey, vinous notes, and light pomegranate, with a mixed bag of malts behind (nutty notes, chocolate, and cherry meat).. fairly sour barrel and more cherries laced throughout.. dried out on the finish, carrying through tangy whiskey, oak, cherries, and toasty chocolate. Medium-bodied with smooth, rolling carbonation on the palate.. this flowed very well through the palate, with tanginess and funk hitting in all the right places.. this probably should’ve been a big mess, but it worked.
XaenDovet (1221) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
PRUNES! So many prunes.
This beer smells like beer. Not prunes tho... until approximately all the time. Smells good. Like old people. mmmmm old people.
And so dark. Not much cap. Not much else but "old people dump" dark. Old people dumps don't have any additional visual character other than reaking of "I've saved this in my bowels against my will for nearly 16 days".
That's bad you say? Not in this case. This old people dump is pure "OHMYGODYES!". The same joy that's on the old persons face when they ripped this off. This delicious, prune and smoke based malty bum concoction. Mmmmmm. Let's go again! What did you eat, old person? Perhaps puzzle pieces. Cuz this is the missing piece of above average American strong goodness I've been looking for in my taste of ipa's.
Thank you, old person. Thank you.
surf71 (2) - Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Too much going on. I tasted figs, prunes, and chocolate covered raisins. Got the sour and no whiskey or bourbon at all. Overall not a good beer in my opinion.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very unique and complex beer. A tad over the top in the malt department, but not by much. Just limits how much I can enjoy of this before I feel like its too rich.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at iTap-Soulard, served in a tulip. Pours a dark, rich, opaque brown color with a finger of tan head that lasts for a surprisingly long time. The aroma is super sweet, with vanilla, molasses, caramel, cola syrup, wood, and dark fruits. The flavor is equally sweet and busy, with vanilla, tons of dark fruits (berries, plums, figs, raisins), chocolate, cola, wood, caramel, and some earthy bitterness (hops?). Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, sensationally muddled mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Crazy amount going on in this one, as was expected. Surprised this is only 9.8% ABV, seems like more booze than that is in here. Still, kind of fun to drink.