HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Big thanks to MCLK for sharing. This was a different one. Poured hazy, dark amber. Nose is full of oak, honey, some vanilla and booze. Full bodied. Flavor is honey sweet, some wood, over-ripe fruit, and lots of booze. Very bourbon-like character.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A truly special beer. Wonderfully complex, with the honey and oak shining through. Lots of caramel, and some dark fruits.
Ridiculously pricy, of course, but well worth trying. Truly unique.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by Unclejedi at the BA Nashville Tasting. Cool looking bottle, about a year old. Pours a hazy amber with small off white head. British aroma that reminds me of Werthers candy. Lots of toffee and caramel malt flavor, countered by muted hops. Average amount of residual sweetness. A hint of diacetyl on the finish. Alcohol well blended for 12%. Not bad, but maybe past it’s prime. However, I have never had a fresh one. I get more British than American qualities in this one.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 12/07, #369 of 500. 1 litre swingtop bottle. Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first third of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of oranges and malt. The flavor is more complex than the aroma with oranges, malt, oak, vanilla and honey sweetness all present. An alcohol flavor emerges towards the finish along with some heat, which continues to rise after the swallow and lingers for 15-20 seconds afterwards. A solid beer, but certainly not worth the $34.95 I paid for it last March.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beigy-amber with a thin head. Complex aroma with orangey hops, dusty yeast, dried spices and some diacetyl. Drinks fairly smooth for its size. Moderate bitterness. Not as boozy as I’d expect. Surprised that after that aroma the palate is as bland as it is.
Beershine (5178) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ kp party, 2008 vintage, bottle #360. Murky, medium brown/burnt sienna color. Skunky aromas. Dry-hopping has lent to some off-putting phenolic notes. Very chewy body. Honey is prominent and so is the bourbon-drenched oak. Unfortunately I did not appreciate this one.
StefanSD (1929) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 1L swingtop bottle courtesy of Coldbrewky. Bottle # 130/275. Pours a murky orange amber with a medium off-white head. The aroma is strong and complex with sweet caramel malts, apricots, almonds and pears. The taste is also rich and complex with oak, vanilla, biter walnuts, plums, apricots and just touch of hot alcohol. The mouthfeel is silky smooth but just a touch thin. The finish is long with lingering apricots. Overall: A very impressive big ale. I am glad for the chance to try this one. Thanks Steve. Oh, and this is my super bowl beer, sitting with a bunch of friends from work who are chugging Coors light. Having tried my beer all they can say is eeew. I can think of no higher compliment.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: January 03, 2009
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: big earthy aroma backed by dark caramel
Flavor: sweet dark caramel malt flavor, lots of earthy hops, nice balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1L swingtop, waxed, stamped, numbered #156/275, from goldtwins, big thanks Larry. Shared this with the boys from Hangar 24. Poured a dark amber, with a little white head. Sweet, oaky aroma, not a whole lot of hoppiness. Taste was the same, some vanilla and oak with a little hop bite in the finish, the alcohol was also evident in the finish, very warming. Good stuff.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #360 of 500. Priced at $25.99.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber body with a thin, bubbly, whitish head.
Smell: Aroma of honey and caramel-coated fruit and oak branches with a tiny, tiny whiff of alcohol attacking the nose.
Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness and buttery oaken character. Middling fruitiness tasting of plums and ripe apricots. Surprising flavor of a Bit-O-Honey rolls past the tongue. Slight hoppy bitterness lurking beneath all the other flavors. Pop of booze ushers in the warming, sweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: The punchy (but never glaring considering the ABV%) alcohol keeps this one a slow sipper, but an enjoyable one.