ineedbeer (1261) - 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.
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.
sthlm (1255) - 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!
Guerde (1221) - 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.
devman171 (1221) - 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
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in trade, I think from LeopoldStoch.
Shared with hellomynameis and a friend of mine at my house. This was very nice. The barrel aging was clearly present in the aromas, it wasn;t overdone.Still loads of malty goodness and some dark fruit notes. This was good when it wasn’t BA’ed and it still is very tasty.
jbeatty (1211) - 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.
JBPortland (1210) - 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.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#700---Big props to leopoldstoch for sharing this at C-bus 6. Lots of sweet malt scents with some bourbon. Dark brown body with little head. Medium to full palate offers a great mix of sweet, sugary tastes mixed with some roasted malts and caramel malts. A hint of the alcohol shows up--but nothing that detracts from the experience.