bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of oak, brandy, vanilla, nuts, and herbs. Flavor of brandy, oak, bread, caramel, and herbs.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from StFun - thanks, Josh!!! Always sweet to try a JO’s beer. Never had the base beer, but this one was a silky deep orange pour with a medium creamy head. Very big brandy note initially blooms in the aroma, backing off to reveal considerable malts and a slight tart note from the barrel. Mouthfeel is full, sometimes creamy and sometimes gritty. Taste, though, was a little bit off to me - a vegetal, yeasty, ripeness to the beer that doesn’t always blend very well with the sweet strong ale dimensions.
decaturstevo (4614) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed orange pour with watery head. Vanilla, brown sugar aroma. Vanilla, abv, rye, and sweet caramel malt. Creamy full bodied with good carbonation. nice beer.
joeneugs (2776) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ucusty. Thanks David! It pours orange/amber with a very thin off white head. The aroma is interesting in a kinda stinky way. Musty wood, toffee, caramel, bread, hard candy and some hints of brandy. The flavor is a bit weird with some soapy minerals, alcohol, toffee and a sour/solventy bite at the finish. It also tastes very salty. The oak is pretty prevalent in the finish with some bitterness. Nice carbonation. A bit of a chore to drink. I’m not a big fan of this.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish pour, light cream head. Aroma of brandy, sugar, caramel, candy corn. Flavor is sweet, a bit oxidized, buttery, booze, toffee.
djd07 (2744) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a cloudy orange copper with small frothy off white head. The aroma is oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt. A decent American strong ale from Jackie-O’s.
Fratto (2503) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is old fruit, maybe a little sour. Taste is caramel, wood, more old fruit, and an awkward finish.
drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Creamy amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet, buttery aroma with bits of wood and vanilla on top of caramel. Sweet, caramel entry with more wood and sweet vanilla. Maybe a bit oxidized... not bad.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber in color with a khaki colored head. There’s a light butter quality to the nose which is not very pleasing. Some sweet toffee and other sugar notes to go with a hint of vanilla and oak. Just a hint of brandy on the nose. The flavor is similarly lackluster. Mild brandy, sweet toffee and malt, and too much butter (well, any is really too much). Maybe just a hint of dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is slightly better than the Sonoran 200, but still a hint of runny poop. No head really present except for a couple of sparse bubbles on the surfact. Definite grain presence in the aroma that smells like wheat bread, some toffee and caramel, and some of the brandy barrel is present. Everything is fairly muted, and seems off to me. Taste is pretty similar with a lot of muted flavors never really coming together. I get more of the brandy barrel than in the aroma, some cardboard, caramel, and some apple skins. Livelier than expected on the tongue which helps make this better than the dull feeling of the Sonoran 200. This beer never fully comes together for me. It isn’t as bad as it may seem from my rating, but it just lacks anything that stands out to me.