redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared by godofthunder. Rich malty aromas, intensely malty, oaky, raisons, chocolate, licorice, old wood, with heavy alcohol notes on the nose. Pours black with reddish tones when held to a light with no head. Intense flavors, rich wood flavors, licorice, chocolate, intense raisons, rich molasses, bourbon, with some vanilla and a lot of alcohol notes. VERY INTENSE!!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Northernbrews. Pours thick and low carbonated. Strong bourbon aroma with strong dark fruits. Thick flavor of more dark fruits and cocoa. Oily mouthfeel coats like pepto bismol. Excellent.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy northernbrews. The pour yields a nearly still, lightly translucent, dark mahogany-mauve colored body. There’s virtually no head or lacing, though some sugary sheeting does show on the glass. The nose is massively malty and complex. Initial components include burnt caramel, chewy nougat, rum raisin bread, figs, and sweet dates, all wrapped in a veil of oaky bourbon and vanilla. Further contemplation reveals hints of cinnamon and cocoa, along with a touch of roast that comes through with a saving balance. It smells absolutely fantastic, and as bold as it is, the bourbon is actually subtle when backed up by such massive amounts of malt. Flavors are of burnt honey, toasted caramel, cocoa and grain roast, along with bourbon soaked raisins, dark fruits, and hazelnuts. The saturated oak imparts more vanilla and spicy wood than boozy bourbon, though some delactable alcohol warmth shines through. The body is thick and full, showing a light, sherry-like oxidation and a warming, spicy, winter time finish. This excellent brew seems to be at it’s sweet spot right now, and it’s really a pleasing slow sipper. I sat on my front porch on a cool November night, enveloped in this complex brew and the surrounding darkness and quiet for a matter of a couple of hours. Great beer.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with no head. Aroma has dark fruit, prunes and a hint of worseshire sauce. Flavor is awesome. As I drink this I like it more and more. Sweet and fruity with a nice body, some legs. Definitely a sipper. Complex flavors of wood and molasses with some dark fruit and more worseshire sauce round it out. Very odd but fun to sip.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
thanks to kan for putting this again the regular version only to prove that they both kind of suck. pours very dark ruby with no head. nose has loads of nutty bourbon. flavor is tons of alcohol, dirty bourbon taste, nutty, caramel, port, not clean at all.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark red/brown, with no head at all. Aroma of intense bourbon, booze, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Taste of hot booze, oak, maple syrup, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is almost flat, with very faint carbonation, oily with dry finish, and alcohol burn. Very interesting, a sipper for sure!
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a very small, mostly fizzy, light brown head that’s gone in a flash. The aroma is very complex, offering a wealth of olfactory delights – maple syrup, sorghum molasses, burnt rubber, oak and a splash of whisky. Full-bodied and a touch abrasive with soft carbonation. The flavor is red hot, alcohol-wise, and a touch rubbery, but there is an excellent, malty, carbonous and vinous vibe that I’m totally digging here. Dried plum and caramel sweetness, earthy woodiness, red wine acidity and carbonous bitterness balance out very nicely. Tons of dark fruit – figs, dates, dried plums - and mocha . Rich, darkly roasted, tangy finish. Major kudos go out to dmschefke for providing the bottle!
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed with a nice treat! Pours a brown color and a small head. Aroma is full of leather, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol and some maple syrup. Flavor is a bit hot but has some nice bourbon and wood notes with some sour mash notes and a bit of fruit. Very interesting brew for sure.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by Kevin (thanks) and shared with Jeff at our little post MiBGF Saturday Night tasting:
Muddy brown with no head but oily legs showing it’s viscosity. The aroma starts with big leathery and tobacco overtones before turning more towards a bourbon character of vanilla and oak. Found a hint of maple syrup, molasses, anise, fig and sea salt with a snappy alcohol vapour. The taste starts as liquid brown sugar with a heavy alcohol smack down while being backed up by earthy and leathery tones. The finish displays fruity notes and a light soy character. Quite intense palate and a bit to much at times. The mouth feel is oily and sticky, very warming. Not for the faint of heart, big aromas and big tastes, wonderfully complex sipping brew. Thx again Kevin!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured opaque deep brown with no head. Aroma was soy, tart, and sweet malt. Taste was soy again, with rich malt in the middle and a long lasting finish that slowly trails off. This was very interesting. Not sure I dug everything going on, but I gave points for that super long finish. Certainly full of flavor.