markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share, rating 2050. Pours deep caramel-amber color with a white head. Nose is amazing unbelievableness- caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, some fruit, brown sugar, bourbon, and the tiniest hint of booze. Flavor is similarly above par: caramel malts, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, dates, lots of sweetness and a great barrel presence. Medium to full-bodied with a well-balanced tasty assault on the palate. Astounding beer.
jredmond (6384) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2011 Draft at RnH with Streets, Andrew, and Brendan during the Kuhnhenn Tap Takeover. Great Old ale/barley wine with dark, murky brown body with thin white lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, maple, vanilla, chocolate, and oak. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy with notes of vanilla, maple, honey, molasses, chocolate, and oak. This beer has got to be the doppleganger of angel share.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Figured I might as well finally rate this, second bottle ever for me. Pours a very thick and dark mahogany brown with an ever so slight layer of bubbles, this is pushing syrupy, but definitely has carbonation. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, dark dried fruits, roasted cashews, and a whole lot of bourbon. Flavor will knock your socks off both figuratively and literally. This is strong, warm, thick, and so damn tasty. Leaves a really pleasant taste in the mouth after, but is a big time sipper.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at RnH. Musky, woody, bourbon, maple syrup, and a bit boozy. Grahamy characteristics. Extremely well put together. A lot like a barley wine...
callmemickey (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review of the latest batch.
A: Muddy brown body. Only the thinest bit of caramel colored foam.
S: Typical dark malt flavors. Caramel, brown sugar, plus the bourbon. Nice, I think it could have been better with some age to bring some things to the back and move some others to the front.
T: Like the nose, lots of malt. Lots of bourbon..
M: A bit too much heat. At first it was fine, but the occasional sip was like licking hot coals.
D: Flavorful, but a bit out of balance right now. Aging should do this wonders.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Thanks! Pours a nearly flat clear burnt caramel. Aroma is strong wet wood, spicy alcohol, bourbon, salted caramels, a touch of sherry, somewhat toasty. Flavor is really toasty, wet oak, bourbon, caramel, thereís a very light effervescence that gives it just the right amount of liveliness, nicely integrated alcohol. This is a phenomenal beer. Really sharp and assertive, but still well balanced.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by tyler, thanks a bunch for this. Muddy brown pour, very litte head, really just a light skim of small bubbles. Sticky bubbles on the side of the glass. Aroma is huge bourbon, brown sugar, slightly ashy, chocolate, toffee, salted caramel. Very nice. Taste is liquid brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Very slightly smokey and ashy, though not in a bad way. Some slight hints of dark fruit, raisins mostly. Really amazing. Very slight carbonation, just enough to lighten it on the tongue. Awesome.
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Tyler (big thanks!!) Clear dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and wonderful aroma of boozy caramel, sea salt and chocolate. Flavor is also silky caramel, boozy toast, nuts and finished pleasantly boozy and warming on the aftertaste. Every flavor in this beer melded extremely well with one another, just outstanding!
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Tyler. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown with thin to no white head, aroma has notes of salted caramel, brown sugar, caramelized sugars. Taste has notes of dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, some notes of chocolate, delicious balance of bitter, sherry, nice bitter finish. Awesome.
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[12oz bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Deep hazy brown from the pour. Small sample saved for me thanks to Ken via Craig Garvie. Big bourbon aromas, molasses and thick sugar notes. Bourbon on the flavour as well, along with dark fruit, enormous sweetness and lots of dark molasses toffee. Despite this, itís quite well balanced Ė the bourbon flavours are intense but nothing really dominates in a bad way. I just donít like bourbon beers Ė this is one of the nicer Iíve had, but the style just isnít my thing