strongpieman (1542) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Aroma is powerful -- lots of bourbon with some malt behind. Deep tan with some red color, murky, no head. Full body and strong alcohol. The beer warmed on me overtime. Very true to what this beer claims to be.
Marsiblursi (3028) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours beautiful dark mahogany brown with red highlight. Almost no head. The aroma is fantastic Ė super robust caramel, toffee, honey and dark bread blends well with buttery, woodsy and coconut/vanilla-driven oak/bourbon. Undertones of fancy alcohol, dried fruits, syrup, milk chocolate and dried orange peel/orange marmalade. Extreme but well-balanced nose. The flabvour is medium to heavily sweet (but the alcohol balance the finish), light to medium and bitter and tiny acidic. Bread, caramel, honey, syrup, dark fruits, tropical marmalade, butter, vanilla, coconut milk, wood and toffee. The mouthfeel is sticky, round and oily with almost no carbonation. Light numbing finish with bready and honey overtones. Full bodied. Simple but uber great!
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at winter solstice. Pours extremely dark brown with very small ring of off white bubbles. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, caramel and some dark malts. Aroma is really nice. Flavors of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, caramel, booze, raisans and other dark fruits, bit of tannis quality, and bit of hop bitterness in there at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily but works. Very nice. I would imagine Adam from the wood tasting like this. Has that same sort of dry and dusty quality to it, in a very good way though. Canít wait to see how the bottle version tastes.
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to bu11zeye for this one. deep rich amber pour with no head. thick, malty, vanilla, ridiculous nose. chewy on the palate, caramel, fruits, no sign of alcohol at all.
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Doodler. Thanks a ton Scott! Nose of toffee, prunes, tobacco, and hints of vanilla and oak. Lightly hazy golden brown with a small beige head. Flavor is darkly fruity, musty oak, vanilla, toffee, and light bourbon.
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 (6104) - 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 (2100) - 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.