Dfonorow (1038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share. Hazy orange/copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is heavy on the oak and bourbon with subtler notes of vanilla and cherries. Flavor is complex but the oak is fighting at the front with berries and booze behind it. Good, but very boozy and unbalanced.
madvike (2531) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by madtowndmb1...thanks Kyle! - Wanted to try this beer for a long time, but after drinking it I think it would have been better a couple years ago. Pours pinkish amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is light bready malt, a touch of berry, very little tartness and some caramel sweetness. Taste is caramel and sweet berry, real limp and bready, with a bit of sourness. Thin and well-carbonated. This whole beer just tasted a bit flat.
DrSilverworm (4724) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. 2010 vintage, bottle 133/142. Mostly clear orange red amber color. Minimal off-white / khaki head. Dots of lace. Big berry, lightly hoppy aroma. Light tart, moderate bitter, light alcohol. Sort of cough syrupy. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter, crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish, with the alcohol. Some warmth, but no burn or bite. Good berry barrel-aged beer. Gets better as I go. Good stuff. Nice dark fruit and barrel character.
b3shine (4188) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster (Batch 1; shred by alexsdad06). Looks good; a semi-transparent caramel with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a bit of fruit and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with more of a fruit presence. Nice on the palate. Good beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
220z bottle pours with a murky mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a pleasing tart note mixing with sticky molasses, sweet malts, caramel malts, some prunes and some sweet bourbon soaked raisins. At the end of the draw I get a decent little hit of boozy heat. The taste is rich, deep, sweet and tart and fruity. Yum. I get tarter berry notes moving into sweet thick malts and molasses covering over sweet mushed up prunes and raisins. I get into modest and smooth sweet bourbon notes into the finish. Yummers!
JPDurden24 (1455) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour, tan head. Aroma of fruits and boozy, nice flavor and it just tastes good.
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drsordr (832) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour shared from alexsdad06. Hazy brown color. Nose sweet malt, bourbon and dark cherry. Taste of the same, compounded by tannin from the wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Very interesting complex flavor profile.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle acquired in trade. Pours a richer brownish pour, mellow haze, with some ruby glow. Some richer bright brownish head is thick, mellow lace, some frothy glow and lace. Aromas are richer brett, some funk and fart. Gentle toffee, gentle berry, bourbon and vanilla. Richer funk, a kiss of tartness. Initial is medium bodied, some caramel and toast, gentle, with mellow berry. Firm rich bretty funk, dryness, and some tartness. Mellow oak grows, some funk, gentle vanilla. Touches of cocoa, vanilla, and oak. Gentle bourbon, touches of berryskin, and oak. Backend and finish is dry, touches of carmelization and malt girth, some vanilla, spirit, berry. Funk and wild yeast has taken this beer over, not for the better it seems. Meh. Ok, but loses what I think it wanted to be.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to theAlum. Pours a ruddy brown with a thin dissipating head. The nose is barrel, bourbon and vanilla and a hit of berries, cherries specifically. Maybe a bit of booze and Brett? Tartness in nose, along with some cardboard. On tasting, a bit oxidized. Cherries come through again. Thin bodied and really dry. Would appreciate body and a bit more sweetness. Tartness is present as well. Wasn’t a fan of this one.
Dogbrick (7085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective barrel-aged beer tasting on 08/11/2012. The beer is a cloudy dark orange-amber color with a medium thin light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Oaky bourbon, spices and berries in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of cherries, brown sugar, sweet malt and spice. The finish is funky fruits and spices. Solid beer all around.