Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle picked up at the brewpub, 2010 Vintage. Pours a deep brown colored body with a touch of ruby around the edges. Thin, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing throughout. Aroma jumps out of the bottle immediately upon opening and it is damn good. Tons of rich toffees and dark fruits consisting of dates, raisins, plums, and some vinous fruits. A nice bourbon and vanilla with some barrel behind the big malts. Some slightly sticky brown sugar, molasses, caramel, a touch of toast, and light cocoas. A light warming alcohol in the nose. Flavor is similar. Big and rich, slightly sticky and warm toffees, caramel, and brown sugar up front with lots of dark fruits. Plenty of raisins with some vinous fruits and more molasses. A few wood tannins with a nice bourbon and vanilla in the middle as the alcohol becomes noticeable, but not distracting. Toast and cocoa really come on nicely towards the end as this finishes with some booze and an alcohol warmth while staying sweet, oaky, and slightly spicy with lots of dark fruits. This does dry a bit with a nice barrel character before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, oily, slightly sticky body with a light carbonation. Overall, my kind of beer. Big, bold, warming, and balanced while hiding the ABV% very well. Tons of rich, sweet malts with lots of dark fruits and a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and cocoa. A really well put together barrel-aged beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage aged about a year I would guess. The pour yields a dark and lightly hazy reddish chestnut colored body with a thin, swirly, khaki colored film. A dense wash of spots slowly rejoins the body, forming a bubbly ring at the edge of the surface. The nose is ultra rich and decadent, showing loads of stewed dark raisins, figs, dates, and blackened caramel. Hints of cocoa, cola, and sorghum all ring through, as do surprisingly potent citrus and earthen hops. An oaky, bourbony, boozy shroud envelops everything, fighting for top billing rather than assuaging the other elements. Flavors are similarly structured, bordering on exceedingly woody and warm with alcohol, loaded with rich, dark caramel and buttery toffee. Underlying fruits arenít as well defined as they are on the nose. They are seemingly more centered on scorched dates and other muddled, stewed dark fruits. The juicy, citrusy, bitter hoppiness is quite intense, though, which is actually welcomed here. It resembles a black barley wine in a number of ways, which I suppose is the closest cousin to the old ale (though notedly more hoppy). The palate is nearly full, and it would be decidedly too syrupy if it werenít for the lively, intense carbonation. oozy heat comes with the territory, I suppose, but it is certainly more intense than I care for (and Iím a whiskey head). All in all, itís a solid, decadent slow sipper for a cold night, but I prefer the virgin 4th Dementia to the barrel aged version.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A extremely sweet, extremely boozy and very bourbonny syrupy sipper. It is what it is
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when approximately 1 year of age I think. Bottle sent to me by WeisGuy, thanks a lot Shane
The look: Cloudy dirty burgundy body with no head
In long: Nose is an attack of brutal boozy bourbon over sweet rich toffee. This beer smells like a alcoholised dessert where the pastry chef went overboard with the alcohol. Thick syrupy sticky body, low carbonation, sweetest toffee ever, more brown sugar, a lot of booze, oaky vanilla, light notes of rasisins. Alcohol is very apparent and each percent of the 13.5% is showing if not more. Finish is alcohol burn and a woody astringency that helps make this monster a bit more drinkable. Not a very good beer but despite my complaints this is an acceptable brutal beer, a winter-warmer that you can sip slowly. With all the progress of the past 20 years, big boozy sugary brutal beers is the new evolution of the American craftbeer?!?!? But thatís not surprising coming from a nation that has put in orbit a sophisticated array of satellites and now mostly uses it to locate the nearest Burger King.
pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle, 2010. Dark dark brown pour with a ruby hue, minimal tan head that disappears almost instantly. A mellow but powerful bourbon aroma - vanilla, oak, booze and toffee - malt profile is there but hidden, bit of plum and raisin, and oddly enough some roasted coconut. Low carbonation, full body, prickly on the palate from the booze (still a little hot), sweet, lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Finish continues sweet, long lasting great combination of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, malt, and wood. This definitely reminds me of BCS because its one of the best bourbon aged beers I have had - not overwhelming (although this bottle was a little hot - think it could do with sitting a while longer) - yet lets the bourbon barrel process shine. Delicious - would love to be able to buy a case.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 12 oz bottle. Pours a thick, dark red with no head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, toffee, raisin, woody and hints of alcohol. Flavors are so intense. Mouthfell is wonderful. Sweet up front that ends bitter and a bit hot. There is so much to this beer. Gets better as it mellows in the glass. Awesome beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a tiny head that instantly fizzes out to nothing. Big aroma of toffee, dates, boozy bourbon, oak, & vanilla. The flavor is strong, hot bourbon and alcohol up front, then the rich toffee and caramel malt come in and smooth out the flavor, no real hop bitterness. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick, soft mouth feel. Overall a great beer, lots of bourbon character in this one but maybe thatís why I like it so much.
Theis (12530) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear very dark red/brown - white head. Raisins, fruity, bourbon, boozy, nutty, light honey notes, licorice, oiley, dark fruits, sweetness, ligh tryebread. Lovely. Do it with a triple chocolate porter chocolat, raisins.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thx Sarro for this). dark amber coloured. murky. small beige head. aroma of ripe fruits, sweetness, light alcohol, vanilla, some wood. flavour of ripe fruits, sweetness, spice, alcohol, wood, vanilla, and I could go on. medium to full bodied. ends on a sweet, fruity and light spiced note. Yummy.
Mora2000 (5307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, bourbon and raisins. I also get some nice alcohol notes. All of the components in the aroma are very, very nice.
The flavor is just as complex and just as nice. I get a lot of brown sugar and molasses notes, as well as a lot of bourbon, oak, maple and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but it is not as strong as expected from a 13.5 percent ABV beer.
Medium moutfeel and medium carbonation.
Ernesto987 (3230) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Completely flat and murky. Smells like dirty laundry with some bourbon. Taste is Completely different. Big bourbon, maple syrup and hops. Malts and alcohol.