JBPortland (1102) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours dark red brown with small head. Tons of rich toffee, dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, leather and oaky bourbon in the nose. Palate follows this profile with super creamy mouthfeel, well integrated oaky vanilla, caramel bread, touch of raisin, dried fruit. Finishes somewhat sweet with sticky caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dried dark fruit, chocolate, old leather. Top notch brew.
AirForceHops (4178) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. 2011 vintage. Dirty brown without head, aroma is awesome mild bourbon treatment sitting on top of raisins, sugar coated figs and burnt molasses.
For the flavor the bourbon is exactly what the flavor needed to help balance the overly sweet flavors. This variant is not as sweet as the base beer I sampled 2 minutes before this. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but again the bourbon transform it into a very nice slightly warming alcohol with a mild warming after the swallow. The bourbon works wonders for this. Great share Brian, owe you for this one!
WillRunForBeer (1242) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from trade. 2011 vintage. Pours muddy brown without a head. Aroma is molasses, spice, vanilla. I could be sniffing a fresh baked cookie. The bourbon really helps balance this beer. Taste is molasses, raisin, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak in the finish. Great beer!
Lectvay (175) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you, Secret Santa. This beer is just right. Deep and full dark brown, very little head, but a second after you pour a subtle, off-white foam appears. Smell is banana bread, honey, molasses, booze. Sweet, thick, creamy. Truly fantastic.
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt sienna color with a finger of eggshell foam. Round sweet molasses, caramel, boozy raisin, leather, soft bourbon, lingering nuttiness, toasted oak. Yum !
Martinus (3570) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, molasses. Quite full body. Sweet finish, nuts, bourbon, raisins.
(from draught @ CBC green session, Copenhagen 2014. Vintage 2012.)
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a muddy reddish brown with almost no head.
The aroma is huge on cooked fruit, vanilla, cherries, and bourbon in general.
The flavor of th beer is fairly boozy with some blood orange and some candied fruit. Itís fairly sweet with some toffee & vanilla. Itís complex, but not complicated... generally very tasty.
johnnnniee (2731) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Ruby brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Toffee, fruity, vanilla, and light oak with hints of molasses and alcohol make up most of the aroma. Smells quite sweet but I like it. The flavor is sweet and fruity with bits of caramel and burnt sugars. Light vanilla and wood with some solid warming alcohol. Thick body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel. Great sipper!
Clownoisseur (353) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn. Pour is a deep mahogany, plum colored hues. A small off-white head fades to a couple dashes of lacing. Aromas of bold molasses, bourbon, wet oak, over-ripe fruits (raisin, plum, cherries), vanilla, caramel, toffee....just a bouquet of aroma! Taste is equally as complex and bold. Loads of bourbon and oak hit you quickly, but the sting fades to a harmony of sweet molasses, plum, raisin, caramel...then hints of oak, vanilla, port wine and char give it some edge. A final dose of oaked bourbon hits you on the way down, but itís the ripe fruits and molasses that leave the lasting impression. Delicious stuff!!
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Kuhnhenn: Opaque, sienna-brown color with a dark beige, creamy head that doesnít last for very long. Aroma is HUGE. Incredible powerful. Heavily boozy oak, vanilla, bourbon & toffee coated dark prunes, raisins, sticky caramel, toasted notes underneath, tons of residual sweetness clashing with robust booze & warmth. Wow. Super creamy & thick on the palate. Bourbon infused dark fruits out of the gate; dates, figs, currant. Toasted brown sugar sweetness, caramel, toffee candy, vanilla, & even light notes of burnt marshmallow. Lots of wood, lots of oak, & lots of bourbon from start to finish. A flavor that is truly intense & lasts for days, finishing with vanilla, wood, prunes, bourbon, & buttery toffee. Have had this aged for one, two, three, & four years. Great every time.