Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BCTC 2007. Cloudy brown body topped by a small tan head. From the nose I knew I was in for a treat. Flavourful dark fruits dipped in vanilla and wrapped in a thick caramel coating. Lots of grassy hops. The barrel aging on this batch was just perfect, noticeable but not over-the-top. Woody with oak sourness. The end result felt like a cross between a Belgian ABT and an American Barley Wine. And not only that but it was the best of both worlds. Like if Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz had a child together. I know it is technically impossible but every night I imagine them trying.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, BCTC 2007. Pours a murky brown color; light tan head with decent lacing. Incredibly dense, caramelly and nougaty aroma; some sour-mash character, but more like a molten tootsie roll. Full mouthfeel: dense, sweet bourbon character; very caramelly and chewy, without being cloyingly sweet; plenty of toasty vanilla and sour-mash notes from the barrel; full, estery and warm vanilla and brown sugar quad characters underneath. Generous, dense, and incredibly good. Lengthy, toasty and caramel finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KSBF 06. Wasnt as impressed with this one either. Pour a nice deep woody brown with a nice fluffy beige head. Aroma is too sweet, raisin, fruity esters, woody with tons of vanilla nd other phenols. Sticky sweet flavor with lots of corn syrup, molasses, diabetes, toasty malts, and tons of fruits with a drying oaky vanilla in the background. Ugh- way too sweet.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Draught samples at Kennett on 10/7/06
Light tan/beige head delicately tops a murky, deep, dark-chocolate brown body showing minimal clarity. Retention is strong, and there is some lacing, more a film, left behind as it recedes.
A whopper of a nose dictates robust cabernet/syrah (a bad guess, it’s actually merlot) notes powerfully contrasted with a dry, but very aromatic oakiness. Chocolate pushes its way forth, sweet and thick, followed by raisins, prunes, orange rinds and medium-sweet vanilla and toffee. Very high strength of aroma, with some light alcohol suggestions, though fairly under control in that department.
Thick and chewy in the mouth, the palate is initially bombarded with strong oak flavors (though not too heavy on the tannins) and moderately acidic red wine notes. Punchy and tart, it is matched well to the sweet chocolate and strong yeast esters. The usual suspects: prunes, raisins, figs and vanilla, are of course present, helping to dry the finish, with aid of some alcohol. Certainly not moderately done is the barrel-aging, despite the fact that the flavors are enjoyable. But they’re just too much. Belgian character is noticeable, though generally reserved. Mostly esterized alcohol and yellow and dark fruit esters. Light clove phenols, as well as a fair dose of acidity. Attenuation seems pretty appropriate, though I always seem to prefer things more dry than most people. Thick, borderline syrupy texture with low, but fairly tight carbonation. I don’t consider myself a good judge of this style, so my review should be taken with a grain of salt. I do know that if they took it out of the barrel sooner, it would be a real treat.
And as a sidenote, it was delicious with a cigar, which helped dry it out further and combat the barrel aging influence.
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, KSBF:06 Medium sized, creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. Deep brown almost mahogany colored brew, nice looking. Nose of oak, dark fruit and licorice. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft on the palate. Lots of fruity flavors, raisin, plum more licorice with notes of brown sugar and cinnamon, light vinous/port notes and wood backing them up. A hint of alcohol appears as it warms up. Dark fruity finish, medium sweet matiness. Yummy!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Kennett. Dark hazy copper brown in color with a tan head head that fades quickly. Raisins, plums and oaky aroma. Vanilla notes. Nice oak and vineous flavor. Raisins and plum notes. Sweet tasting. Full bodied. Very complex. Finish is a little sweet but nice. Very smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at KSBF ’06...
Appears a hazy, dark brown with a light tan head that slowly fades.
The smell is of resinous plums, raisins, vanilla, oak, and port wine.
The taste was a little harsh and rough around the edges but an overall enjoyable experience with it’s complexities.
The mouthfeel is sweet, oaky, and full bodied with a wallop of oak and molasses.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
KSBF 2006. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light tan lacing head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruits. Flavor of molasses, vanilla, very smooth and creamy, toasty and dark fruits.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Kennett Square Festival 2006. Pours a cloudy dark brownish body under a great creamy light brown head with very good retention. Aroma is packed full of fruitiness and malt. Raisins, plums, light alcohol, light oak, and some yeast. Alot of vinous qualities to it overall. A good bit of oak in the flavor up front, but not overpowering. Chewy malts, yeast, alcohol, port, touches of vanilla. Finishes a little sweet but the oak cuts through it some. Mouthfeel was just excellent. Very full bodied with nice soft carbonation and a delicious creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I thought that this was the best of the bunch at the Kennett fest this year.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. An excellent beer. Huge malty sweetness w/ oak, raisins, brown sugar, and spicey alcohol undertones. Very good and drinkable.