FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor! Pours a deep amber brown color with a small light beige froth. Aroma is super barrel heavy, vanilla, oaky, almond and some coconut, some sweet candyish character, a nice earthiness, some soft dark fruits, quite complex. Flavor is wow, very rich, malted milk balls, vanilla and almond, brown sugar, dark fruits, just very rich, the barrel being very heavy. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Intense stuff, very good
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich fruity chocolate flavor with a sweet finish. and a warim bourbon trail.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is big on whiskey with toffee and caramel and some fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee with whiskey and good dark fruits - figs and dates. Fairly full body, a bit syrupy, with average carbonation. Nice beer but did not stand out among others at the fest.
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bomber. Pours a deep brown with a quickly fading off white head. Huge nose of Figs, dates, vanilla, whiskey and touches of caramel. Thick body, but not cloying. Taste has lots of burnt toffee, dark fruit, vanilla and whiskey all popping through. Well done BW that make a great sipper on a cold night.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper brown pour with a decent head. Fairly strong flavor. Figs, plum, roasted malt. Very nice brew.
bhensonb (12139) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours ruddy dark brown. Aromas of dark fruits and rye. Full bodied. Very smooth. A little vinous. Med dark fruit. Rye and vinous notes. Just excellent.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First thing is incredible aroma of coconut whiskey and figs. Very similar to Goose Island BCS but thinner, tastier and more complex with all the fruit they added. The most amazing thing about it is that the whiskey barrel element is not overbearing like so many other barrel aged beers. Man O’ man this is good.
onceblind (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Freshcraft on Halloween night. Clear dark brownish with copper highlights. Nice lasting head. Great sweet aroma of nutty chocolate, dark fig sweetness, a slight boozy note, and general dark malty fruity sweetness and warmth. Beautiful flavor of chocolate covered fig, raisin, restrained yet warming boozy notes, dark fruity malt, more chocolate. Very pleasant and delightful. Strong yet quaffable.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Freshcraft. Deep brown appearance with a medium sized, cream, light bubbly, brown head. Lots of toasty, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, fig, leather in the nose with a hint of booze. Creamy, a touch syrupy mouth feel. Rich toffee, caramel malty, leather, fig, dark plum, dark fruity flavor with a fairly sweet finish that’s warming. Warming all the way down to my stomach- great sipper for the cool weather.
Caskalefan (155) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazingly rich, and wonderfully Sazerac barrel aged, this Genesis is remarkably complex with esters of grape, mandarin orange, fig, date, toffee, coconut, persimmon, kumquat, plum, cherry, chocolate, cappuccino, rum, and, of course, lots of rye.
The body is silky/syrupy, but not as heavy as i had anticipated, and the massive flavor profile is incredibly balanced with no excess heat , despite its 13.4% abv. This is a very sweet and luxurious ale, for sure, but the Sazerac aging has dried it out sufficiently in the finish for it to be a wonderful sipper that continuously calls me back to indulge in another "hard" taste.
To date, I’m not sure I could come up with a better fireside liquid companion to take away the chill of what’s shaping up to be another colder winter than usual. I’m glad I stocked up on a number of these beauties!