beerbill (3422) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep but clear amber with a moderate tan head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left a coating of foam with each sip. Huge aroma of vanilla, caramel, figs, and dates. The flavor is equally impressive again with huge vanilla, caramel, oak, figs, and dates. Holy crap! Rich and full bodied with a luxurious mouthfeel. Some mild alcohol warmth at the finish only enhances the experience. Definitely sweet, which is perfectly fine for me. I am planning on picking up a few more of these to put away in my cellar. Wow.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at pizza port strong ale fest. This sucker was awesome and really stood out that day. Dark fruits, sweet caramel, a touch of roast and a nice barrelly booze finish.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a short lived fluffy off white head. Sweet dark fruit caramel sugar and light alcohol aroma. Tastes of caramel brown sugar and dates up front followed by the pomegranate fig and grape and finishing with rye whiskey and light vanilla and oak. Nice complexity with good transitions. Thick buttery palate. Excellent.
tgncc (2823) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome aroma of fruit, raisins, molasses, booze. Deep brow/red, emits vry little light, ligt tan head. The flavor is even more fruity, raisins, figs, grapes, booze, oak, molasses. Full body, creamy. The finish is mostly booze warming, slight pine hops. Awesome beer. But I have tosay, I normally like big, sweet, boozy beers, and this was almost too much or me. Almost.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 Bomber. Super deep ruby in color. Strong whiskey aroma. Some woodiness and dark fruit as well. Quite smooth and rich Very full flavored and full bodied. Quite delicious. Alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer at a great price.
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at blind tiger with streets. Pours a deep brown with off white lacing. Aroma is nice sweet dark fruits. Mouthfeel is syrupy with notes of dark fruit.
cfrancis (2377) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh wow this is a big ass beer. Pours a silky syrupy brown with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is a bouquet of raisin, dates, boozy alcohol and sweet malts. Tastes a lot like a smooth whiskey. Huge beer, big and boozy. This thing will knock you out if you don’t respect it. Definitely a sipper.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Deep brownish black, creamy tan head. Intense vanilla-fig and grape nose warms to a deep spicy brown sugared bourbon with an old wooden coconut fade. Rich dark fruit and maple flavors ride a soft foundation of warm whiskey in a caramelized vanilla-wood core. Full bodied and smooth. An amazing winter sipper...
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Deep dark brown pour with a light tan head. Boozy and a little oxidized, lots of dark ftuits znd caramel. Sweet malty flavor, brown sugar and a light toast with more booze and wood. (2014)
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of plum, dates, fig, toffee, carmel, toasted malt, light rye and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, dates, fig, toffee, light rye and light oak with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.