maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 07/16/2011. 2008 bottle. Clear deep amber body with a small frothy white head. Big bourbon, blue cheese, and caramel aroma. Big bourbon, vanilla, blue cheese and caramel flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation.
Michbeerlover (140) - - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a 2013 bottle from the brewery's Winter Solstice event today. Pours a very dark red, almost black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla ,dark fruits, chocolate fudge and slight alcohol. Getting a lot of coconut, vanilla and dark cherries in the taste. No real alcohol in the taste, which is hard to believe at 14%. Medium mouthfeel. Coconut after taste lingers for some time. World class brew.
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Koelschtrinker (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009. Schwerer, deutlich alkoholischer Antrunk mit eher wenig Aromen. Etwas brennend, wenig getreidig, wenig würzig malzig. Zum Ende schokoladig, brennend alkoholisch. 7/11/10/11/9/9
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy mahogany with little head or carbonation.
Smell huge pungent red fruit, sticky toffee, rum soaked raisins.
Taste vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, hint of booze on the end.
Smooth (for 15%) and full bodied.
If you are in to big beers, this is one you must try.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’08 vintage-12oz bottle-@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-still-copper. A-bourbon, caramel-med malt. T-bourbon, caramel-med malt, spice hops. Alcohol bite/hot still.
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 - thanks deyholla! Pours clear ruby hazel with a tiny tan head that nonetheless has nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, toffee, cherries, figs, dates. Flavor is the same, sweet and hot with some astringence and woody notes. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, somewhat flat. A bit hot, but not really much considering the ABV. Nice beer, not amazing.
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (2010 vintage), shared by Matt B -- Thanks! The bottle ominously bubbled up a bit upon opening. The pour was a clear amber with a practically still surface. Gigantic, lasting soy sauce finish is the biggest thing that really stood out to me about this - bummer. Aside from that, there’s caramelized brown sugar, bourbon, just the smallest hint of oxidation. Full body, slick, syrupy texture. Remarkably smooth, with the alcohol well-masked. Overall: pretty awesome even with its flaws. Intense.
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown of color with a fast disappering beige head. An aroma of sweets, prunes, port, vanilla, raisins and dark sugar. A flavor of alcohol, prunes, liqurice, spice, caramel, chocolate, nuts, woody and alcohol in the finish.
NeoHippie2 (991) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aromas of dark fruit, oak, cocoa, bourbon, and some yeast notes. Initial flavor is of raisin with notes of cocoa and dark fruit. Finishes with the oak and bourbon character. Very complex. Abv is well-hidden, barely noticeable in the finish but even then in that nice warming way. Truly a great beer.
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 2011 bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that soon disappears . The aroma is big and bold with dark fruits, bourbon and sherry. The taste is similar to the nose, I get bourbon, sherry, raisins, walnuts and dates. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering sherry. Overall: A bit boozy but still excellent.