jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012. Chalk and gritty texture but an overall smooth drink with lots of dark fruit and nice subtle complexity. Chocolate and vanilla, wood and oak flavors, followed by some plum prune and toffee. You get it all here. Ricidulously smooth for the alcohol content. Aromas of candy toffee and sugar sweetness. Nice dark winter beer you should sip by the fire. Syrupy sweetness that lasts a while. Roasty bittersweet coffee malt aromas and finish.
Ed5388 (2540) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2011) shared by dmac for his 3,500th rate. Congrats on being an alcoholic bro! Pours a dark amber brownish color with absolutely zero head. Big boozy aroma full of bourbon, caramel, oak, and hints of dark fruits. Taste is also super boozy with a warm alcohol burn, but in a good way. Notes of bourbon, oak, light hints of dark fruit, and an amazing aftertaste of rich butterscotch! Very nice!
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from a trade a long long time ago. Poured a muddy blackish brown with a smaller to nonexistant beige tight foamy head. Aroma is nice, syrupy and big overall with notes of vanilla and toffee, barrel, wood, butterscotch, some bourbon. Full body with light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel that lingers with light heat. Flavor is the same as the aroma, a bit hotter with the alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dry breads, slight raisin, butterscotch candy. Good stuff.
Advocate_Ames (508) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Pours dark copper in color with a dissipating head that ends up leaving a fine layer of foam and a ring that hugs my glass. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, carmel malts, very toffee like, and a hint of dark fruit. In tasting I noticed medium levels of sweet bourbon, rich malt flavor, sweet syrup like sugars, vanilla, hint of oak, and figs. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering of booze and sweetness. The beverage balances well for a high abv brew. Overall this is a must try for barrel aging fans.
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jrob21 for bringing this supremely delicious beer over. Pours as dark as brown can be without being black with a relatively small brownish tan head. Scent is candy, bourbon, and booze. Bourbon flavor blends extremely well with sweet old ale flavors. Thick as mud. Bottle - Share from jrob21
DrewFace (947) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321, 2011....pours a muddy, brownish color. Big bourbon, malty, toffee, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Big malty flavor, toffee, melanoidans, sweet vanilla, chocolately flavor. Not much barrel character.
Homer321 (2768) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours no head. Murky. Muddled. Area of soy sauce and Munich malt. Lots of oxidation. Taste is similar. Very thick and chewy. Pretty good. Not getting much barrel tho. Very light on the barrel character. Not a lot of alcohol in the flavor or mouthfeel especially for 13.5% boost. Good.
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color, small brown head. Vanilla and toffee in the nose. Full-bodied. Sweet, toffeish, vanilla, some wood and alcohol. Sticky. Quite straightforward.
dresden (1156) - 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 (3418) - 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.