dresden (890) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with a ruby undertone, light tan head and slight carbonation. Nice bourbon aroma, sweet caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, dark fruits. Incredible complex bourbon and vanilla, molasses and caramel, oak and fig. Good god this is great. Thanks Ian!
superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2011 Winter Solstice bottling. Pours dense nearly pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a patchy lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, raisin, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, tobacco, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, light tobacco, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of malt and barrel flavors; with a perfect barrel/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale! All around insane complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on considering the very high ABV. Unbelievably amazing offering.
77ships (4164) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Thx to Kraddel! 355 ml. bottle shared. Pours murky brown, like swamp-water with zero head or visible carb. Smells like bourbon goo, vanilla, very sweet choc, oodles of vanilla, flowers, sugar, cocoa, pure cane sugar syrup. Very sweet soy & vanilla goo taste, milk chocolate, cane sugar syrup, very sweet with cocoa, more vanilla, sweet white choc. Flat, warming, syrupy. Pretty nice, expected a smidge more, this is a bit messy but very enjoyable still.
kraddel (3482) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours murkey brown , no head at all.
smell is intense bourbon , sweet , syrupy malts
Chocolate , sweetness , malts , sugar , bourbon is not as intence as thought
Garlic_of_Doom (475) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Justin, thanks! 2012 vintage.
Murky brown, no head, just some lacing.
Sweet, caramel/fudge and raisin dominated aroma. Some vanilla, bourbon and slight hops.
Taste is also overall sweet with raisins and figs, brown sugar/syrup, honey, slight hop bitterness and alcohol bite at the end.
Smooth and coating mouth feel.. Full body and low carbonation.
Long, sweet, dry after taste.
ineedbeer (801) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz 2012 vintage bottle.
Aroma is rich and malty with a moderate bourbon note with light oak and vanilla. Lots of caramel with light toffee and toasted bread notes. Hints of raisin, fig and alcohol.
Pours a flat murky brown with some ruby notes to it. Absolutely no head and no lacing. Medium small legs though.
Flavor is rich and sweet with some caramel and toffee. Amber candi sugar with light toasted bread. Moderate bourbon notes with light oak and vanilla. Moderate raisin and light fig esters. Medium bitterness and moderate alcohol notes. Lingering sweetness, caramel, toffee and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very tasty beer, but I expected a bit more from this beer as well. Its a fairly ugly beer, very murky but it otherwise tastes pretty nice. Carbonation is a bit low. Malt and barrel character is very nice and well balanced.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two bottles, 2010 and 2011 vintages, tried side by side. From two generous traders, but sadly I cannot remember who sent them my way. :( Thanks to whomever you are.
2010 vintage. Pours a turgid brown color with a thin creamy tan head that fades quickly. Aroma of huge toffee, notes, caramel, wood, very mild whiskey and dark fruits. The taste is cherries, stone fruits, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted wood, mild whiskey, mild hops. Full bodied, slightly chewy, low carbonation, quite boozy. Nice. 7/3/8/3/15/3.6
2011 vintage pours a turgid brown color with a very thin tan collar of head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, wood, whiskey, umami. The taste is toffee, wood, salty notes, currants, bourbon and a bit of chocolate. Full bodied, very hot, low carbonation, somewhat chewy. 6/3/6/3/13
The 2010 version is much better balanced, smoother, less harsh.
Zer0 (1132) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with no head at all. Nose is very alcoholic, raisins, roasty, bubblegum, sweet malts, licorice, vanilla, woody, soy and nuts. Taste is very sweet and alcoholic. Huge beer. Full bodied, thick oily texture and not much carbonation.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery on a paddle.
Appearance: Pretty nice. About a finger of a tan head and surprisingly decent lacing. The beer is a dark brown color with red when held to light. Looks better than I expected... I thought it may look flat.
Smell: Compared to the standard 4D (í11), this had a lot of caramel. There was also quite a lot of darker fruits there as well. The vanilla notes that youíd expect from barrel aging werenít really there all that much. A very nice smelling beer all the same.
Taste: Having side-by-side with the regular 4D, this was definitely a bit more mellow, as one would expect given the barrel. Itís not a huge difference, but itís noticeable. The mouth feel is maybe a bit thicker. The taste itself on this one just isnít on par with the regular 4D... of course, thatís just my humble opinion. The BB4D mellows out the fruity notes quite considerably and replaces them with a maltier, sweeter flavor. Itís still excellent, but not quite as tasty.
Iím extremely happy to have gotten the chance to try this beer. I donít think itís as legendary as some people said it would be (like I said, I preferred the standard í11 4D), but I liked it. Recommended.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Vintage poured at 50 degrees into a FSW barrelworks tulip.
A- Pours a viscous brown color with ruby hues when held to the light. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and quickly fades to a thick ring around the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are apparent throughout.
S- Bourbon. Vanilla. Alcohol. Some oak. A little bit of caramel and malty sweetness, but I canít tell if it is coming from the barrel or the base beer. Either way, this smells fantastic and very inviting. Only drawback is there is not a ton of complexity.
T- Up front, a really nice malty caramel sweetness along with some molasses and port-like cherry esters. On the back end, there is a huge blast of vanilla, bourbon, and some oak tannins along with a touch of bitterness to round things out. There is alcohol present, but no fusel or íhotí flavor. Spot on for the style. Wow- this is an amazing beer!
M- Luscious. Smooth, low carbonation that gives the beer a creamy feel. High body, although not overly sweet. Great balance between the tannic oak and high finishing gravity make this a smooth drinker.
O- I was not expecting this beer to be so amazing. I want to rate this badly in a disguised attempt to trade for more of it, but it deserves better than that. Great winter time sipper that meshes bourbon and malt perfectly, without being an over the top, diabetic coma inducing sort of beer. Gimme more.