richiesd (31) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Karl Strauss Sorrento Valley 2/16
This was quite a surprise! Not overly hot (Iím sure itíll be negligible with some time). Pours a nice light brown with good carbonation. A nice, pleasant sweetness that isnít overpowering. The bourbon character is strong still, which actually adds to the flavor instead of distracting from it. Lots of toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak on the taste, really quite a treat honestly. From a bar that is literally across the street from my work, Iím very disappointed that I didnít find out about this beer 2 weeks ago, but Iíll be sure to get my fill before the kegs finally kick.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Miller! Another pretty impressive Anny ale from these folks, this one a fine and dangerously drinkable old ale. Deep brown pour with orange tints, silky and cloudy body with a nice firm head. Some dark notes mixed with grand marnier qualities in the nose, finished off by strong wood and rich fruits. Body is quite lively, even though it maintains sipper characteristics. Ultimately comes across like a slightly bolder Curmudgeon. Good one.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at Bine & Vine fifteen months ago ($10.99). Pours a very hazy brown-amber hue with a half finger of beige foam that quickly recedes to nothing. AROMA of rich toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, maraschino cherry, and some spice. FLAVOR of dark caramel, vanilla, pipe tobacco, mild chocolate, molasses, and a bit of woody bourbon. Finishes with a moderated sweetness. The quite high ABV is really well concealed here. Another quality anniversary brew from Karl. (50, 801)
fletchfighters (1220) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
640 ML bomber
Light brown sugar color, persistent white head that settles to a collar through drinking. Sticky ABV legs.
Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and figs. Nice array for the nose. A little more towards the brown sugar, and toffee but quite nice.
Taste is in line with the nose but add in some coconut and pretty much dialled in. A little thin in the taste and quite barrel forward.
Sweet and sticky feel. More brown sugar, toffee and coconut in the feel. Quite slick. Medium bodied and well hidden ABV.
Nice beer that will continue to develop more
Blairgus (3042) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6 dec 2013, bottle. Pink/orange, clear, no bubbles. Nose is honey, sweet malt. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary, golden syrup, mild alcohol, cherries. Nice!
peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy dark copper pour with a red hue and a light tan head. Bourbon, light vanilla, and dense, sweet malt. Taste is clean bourbon up front with nice vanilla and even some minor coconut before giving way to alcohol spice and a heavy, sweet malt backbone. Thereís not much really going on with the malt profile but the bourbon character is nice and compliments the heavy malt with some trailing alcohol heat. Coating mouthfeel. Straightforward and enjoyable.
Art (2121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from FBW 2014. Shared at BA tasting. Pours a clear copper brown color. No real head. Aromas of vanilla and dark fruits. Batrel isnít overpowering. Taste is sweet with a hint of booze heat.
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer, understand there is some variation but it is intensely sweet and caramally, slight fruit, slight earthy hop.
Sarlacc83 (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!
A: Caramel coloration with a creme head thatís content to rest around the edges. Surprisingly light on its legs.
N: Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and malts. Honey at the edges, and plenty of deep oak.
T: Tasty bourbon mixed with ample vanilla and honey. Caramel and toffee make for a sugary treat. Still balanced, I get some bitterness of hops and a hint of dried pineapple.
M: Rather light for an Old Ale. It doesnít ruin the beer, but it could use some further heft and stickiness. However, it does drink far too easily for a 12.2% beer since the alcohol is shockingly absent.
O: A well-rounded beer. Balanced and enjoyable; Drink it soon, I think.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours clear orange/amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is malty caramel with tons of vanilla and maple oak. The flavor is even maltier, huge, with the same vanilla and maple from the nose. The body is syrup full with medium minus carbonation and a long malty and bourbon finish.
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Orange with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of oak character, as well as some vanilla and bourbon. There is also some sticky molasses character and some toffee. The flavor is very similar. I get some bourbon, as well as the associated oak, vanilla and maple. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.