48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 My goodness this is great stuff. Received a 4 pack in a trade. Pour us very murky brown with a very thin tan head that only hangs around the rim. Nose is huge on bourbon but very distinct vanilla, wood and toffee notes. Taste is absolutely fabulous with a great bourbon kick but not nearly as hot as others I have had that that spent less than 6 months in the bottle. Flavors are similar to the non BA version. The only ding I would give is it feels a little heavy on the palate. I realize that is common for the BAs but I just wanted to throw it out there. It is certainly worth every bit of the $28/4 pack and will likely be even better in about 1-2 years.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Counter pressure filled: Pours a muddy brown color with a nice tanish brown head. The nose is big with bourbon and a clean sweet vanilla and chewy oak and sherry note background. Very balanced, seems a bit like angelís share with the balance of big earthy malty notes, oak and bourbon. Fantastic. Thanks Eric!
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Derek for this bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip with a hazy brown body and a small beige head. Nice nose of caramel, coconut, toffee and dark fruits. Starts with a bit of woodiness and jumps right to a caramel sweetness. Nice flavors of malt and raisins. Nice body. The finish has a vanilla note and a spicy, whisky dryness. Overall, smooth and sweet with little carbonation. This is an outstanding beer. Wonderfully balanced and deliciosos!
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shades of crimson, garnet, chestnut, mahogany and copper...depending on how the light impacts it with a tightly packed peanut colored head. Aroma is distracting, in an insanely good way! Donít know which way is up, canít remember my name, not sure if Iím awake or sleeping. Brown sugar, vanilla, sweet bourbon, oak, plum, raisin, molasses, and maple all find their way into the glass. A little alcohol heat but it does nothing but warm the belly. Extremely complex and a bit mind-blowing. You are a lucky bastage if you live near this brewery...know that!
Slipstream (2464) - USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 First rating of this very strong brew. It doesnít mix very well with Kentucky Fried Chicken, according to one imbiber I talked with, who ended up with his supper somewhere around his shoes. It tasted good, tho - sweet and hoppy, with a maple syrup flavor to it. Strong hoppy finish. I think the ABV was around 13%, but I could be wrong. On tap at RnH Kuhnhenn event.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a brown color with no head at all. The aroma is fantastic. on of oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, sweet malts, and a hint of dark fruits all melded together flawlessly. The flavor stays true to the nose and adds an increased alcohol presence but nothing overpowering. Medium body. This is a fantastic beer! I really need to track down some more of this.
jtclockwork (14964) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Thanks to hopscotch for the long sought after label! Pours dark brown, almost black. Nose/taste of plum brandy, toffee, caramel malt, chocolate and wooden barrel. Very well balanced. Amazing.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the RnH. Dark brown pour with a small head, served in an 8oz wine glass. The nose holds huge vanilla bourbon with a rich supple dark fruit character that finishes off with caramel, molasses, chocolate, and booze. The flavor holds massive vinous dark fruit and dark sugar incarnations with a superb vanilla barrel presence. Uber thick mouthfeel with chewy carbonation. So delicious....
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, i did not believe this was going to be good, i was wrong. Pours a dark bruin body with a tan head. Big sweet caramel, molasses, chocolate and rich bourbon aromatics. Very bright, fresh and somewhat subdued as well. Big and chewy body, dark fruit galore, toffee, plums, brown sugar, dates, and slick vanilla. Nice woodiness and a hint of smoke to polish this one off. Excellent.
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Bourbony sweet malty aroma with dark fruits and tobacco. The flavor has bourbon sweetness, dark fruits, rasin, tobacco, chocolate, light woody notes, and toffee. Awesome, rich, sippable. Really awesome stuff.