awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Generously shared by Dennis at Danger Abbey. Pours a muddy, clay brown color with a
thin ring of wispy off-white head. Dark fruit aromas ooze from my glass, complimented by some dense caramel
melanoidins. The bourbon characters are present, but melds delightfully with the base beer to create sensations
of rum-soaked raisins, vanilla laden brown sugar, and peppery figs. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a sticky texture. Decadent flavors of bourbony caramel melanoidins and loads of dark fruits. Slightly oxidized, but the enhanced fruit characters add to the beer’s complexity, and the sticky sugars left behind are ample enough to hide any potential problems with body thinness. Vanilla, figs, and peppery oak and left lingering on the palate in the finish. Some mild oak tannins linger behind in a desperate attempt to dry up the sugars, but fail. To say this is over-the-top would be an under-statement, but everything is incredibly delicious.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured a dark murky brown. Bits of ruby, that are close to purple looking. Just a bit of off white film. Obvious and thick alcohol legs and quick fading spotty lacing. Honestly quite ugly looking beer.
S-- Oak, bourbon, vanilla, Carmel, toasted marshmallow, figs, alcohol and dark fruits. Really settled down into the barrel characters and marshmallow. Big massive nose. Insanely rich and powerful.
T-- Big dose of alcohol off the bat. Bourbon, oak, thick and rich carmel, fig, and marshmallow. Only issue is the heat from the ABV but this is just silly in the taste.
M-- Thick and rich. Slightly sweet. Might have needed a bit more time ageing to smooth out more. Lots of figs, toasted coconut, and stewed plumbs in the mouth. Quite slick and finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and a lot of toasted coconut. Nice.
O-- Big massive sipper. Close to wine like in complexity. Lots of alcohol is the only real negative to this. Brilliantly done and just a treat to drink if you like high ABV and high gravity beers.
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours dark red brown with small head. Tons of rich toffee, dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, leather and oaky bourbon in the nose. Palate follows this profile with super creamy mouthfeel, well integrated oaky vanilla, caramel bread, touch of raisin, dried fruit. Finishes somewhat sweet with sticky caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dried dark fruit, chocolate, old leather. Top notch brew.
sthlm (1262) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours reddish brown with virtually no head. Aroma is boozy, but some fruitiness (raspberry and cherry), coconut, oak, chocolate and caramel. Taste is very hot, some oxidation has flattened the malt a bit, some chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits in the background.Thick, smooth, long finish. Overall, it got better the longer I drank it, but not quite as good as the original. Thanks again, Guerde!
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not saved for my 1000th, but very carefully selected - Deep dark chestnut body with a big beige head; Huge deep warm nose, carameled smooth with a sneaky fruity bite, clear oak Bourbon aromas with loads and loads of humid French prunes swimming around; The body is like fluid silk with small perfect needles of carbonation and bitterness sticking everywhere in your mouth, almost non existing but they are there, carameled sweet and very very true; It finishes with a super balanced bourbon touch an alcohol fruity bite covered by a thick down duvet of light super soft feathers from former east European guard geese. Amazing true special and very very great
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013. Pours clear dark amber with a diminishing white small head. Aroma is coconut, cherry, caramel, raisin, spicy, wort, dark malt, toffee, vanilla and wood. Taste is heavy+ sweet and medium bitter. Body is near full, texture is creamy/sticky and carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with caramel and warming alcohol. Not near balanced - too sweet and alcoholic.
Guerde (1244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from ksurkin, thanks Ken!) Pours out reddish brown with a very thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is strong of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Smells somewhat similar to creme brulee’. There’s also some coconut and faint soy sauce. Bit of butterscotch. Flavor possesses a strong bourbon presence, with plenty of charred oak taking up a significant portion of the flavor when this is cooler, and it definitely interferes with my perception of the malts. As this warms, the barrel tones down a bit, and I get more flavors of dark fruits, caramel, and some chocolate. Some oxidation too. The alcohol is very strong in this and it singes the tongue when drinking. Mouthfeel is very full and viscous and carbonation is restrained. Overall, this is a good beer, and it would be great if the alcohol were toned down and the barrel character was more restrained.
dresden (1235) - 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!
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 batch, 03/4/2013. Pours dark brown, thin creamy light tan head, tight watery lacing around the glass. Aroma is vanilla, sweet caramel with chocolate, brown sugar, marshmallow, dark raisin bread, oak. Taste is caramel toffee fudge, dark fruity malts, darker bready notes floating behind a rich bourbon finish. Thick palate, chewy yet fluffy mouthfeel. Complex and decadent, great.
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours murky brown with low head and carb. Aroma is sweet dark fruits and bourbon oak. Taste is similar with a thick sweet booze finish, but easy to drink