koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. Holy smokes. The pour is like muddy lake water. There is no head to be found and as such, no lace either. The aroma is extraordinarily complex. There is a beautiful sweet toffee or caramel with dark fruits galore and a wonderful apple cider character. There are dominant figs and a light marshmallow-ey note. The flavor is just as complex. It starts off like the cider and roars through the labyrinth of dark fruits. The toffee comes through strong on the back end. The mouth feel is perfect. Thick, minimal carbonation, the flavors coat and cling to the tongue. The finish is a touch dry, with a light warming from the 13.5% ABV. Overall just an amazing beer
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kbudd19 (563) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pour is dark brown with a half a finger of tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, slight sour. Taste, wowza, very sweet up front, followed by burnt brown sugar, toffee, sticky sweetness, dark fruits, light hops, with a dry boozy finish that is a bit sharp . Hits you like a ton of bricks with the first sip, but once you get acclimatized it grows on you, I can imagine this aging very well, but if you don’t like sweet beers you may want to pass.
vtafro (3020) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) Bottle of fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Brune ruby pour with light tan head. Dark fruit, light spice, vanilla, bourbon tones. Very complex, rich but also melds well.
Jayseppi (154) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly rich beer. Very thick and viscous in the mouth, definitely a dessert beer. Caramel, toffee, some charred marshmallow, and warm booziness. A touch of bitterness comes through and the finish lingers and leaves the tongue coated.
davey101 (653) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks Tom! Pours a dark red/brown that lets through a little light. Thin khaki edging. Nose is huge dark fruits. Raisins and dates with gobs of toffee and caramel. Some underlying tobacco and light pleasant oxidation. A bit boozy. Taste is much the same. Caramel drenched dark fruits. Bright and big before ending on a lingering tobacco/licorice note. The bourbon barrel version is just about perfect whereas this is a little rough around the edges. Boozy and brash, this is a hell of a sipper.
gendv138 (1041) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 ounce bottle pour at SAVOR’s Friday night session. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of syrup, dark fruit. Tasting notes of tart dark fruit, caramel, syrup, spices, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish.
Beerhunter111 (6892) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv fruchtig süß, reife Früchte, Karamell, alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"2 oz" bottle pour at SAVOR’s Friday night session. Poured a clear copper color with a very small off-white head. Aroma was notes of toffee, some caramel character, brown sugar. Heat. Flavor was sweet caramel notes, some dried raisin notes. Interesting, but quite boozy. BA version is more mellowed and rounded.
pras (428) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Savor. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to try this. It was a big strong beer with lots of strong flavors to boot. Dried fruit, caramel, chocolate, with a nice boozy sweetness at the end. Well balanced and complex.
kevinsenn (1033) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from lcbo. Dark brown with ruby highlights and lacing. Caramel toffee and dark fruit aroma. Booze and vanilla too. Dark fruit and caramel in the flavour, vanilla, and booze, but not too much. Bitter boozy finish. Big full body. Great, but I like the bourbon version even better.
SpongeRuiner (672) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy. This one pours a dark apple red. Not much head. The taste is very smooth. The 13.5% is almost not there at all. Extremely smooth. Very drinkable. A big apple skin flavor. A very nice alcohol mouthfeel. Just enough to balance it out. Good stuff.