bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, raisins, caramel, and honey. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malt, oak, raisins, subtle smoke, and honey.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 22, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of fruityness, light earthyness, hint of smoke
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, honey sweetness, plenty of balancing earthyness, touch of dark fruits brought out by the honey sweetness
Date: January 15, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Score: 3.1 to 3.6
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and smokey aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy peat smoke
Flavor: rich honey and caramel flavor, candy sweetness, light fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked that it was aged in casks for for months. Long ago trade. Pours with a medium clarity, mahogany hued brown body with a lasting, firm off-white head. Great lace and retention. Aromas are of mejool dates, caramel, armagnac, brown sugar and toffee. Medium esters of stewed pears, some oak, vanillin, candied walnuts, cola. soot, and port. Well refined, but with a slightly disappointingly low barrel character (I want a bit more barrel in the aroma). Flavors are of cotton candy, low but definitely noticeable diacetyl, toasted coconut and raw coconut, barrel, brown sugar, alcohol, suntan lotion, raisins and figs. Alcohol is quite mild, warming, fuller body, light oxidation, medium-low carbonation. I find myself looking for more barrel character (both flavor and tannin).
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Saturday night hotel tasting after EBF. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head. Big smooth vanilla and honey. Sweet toast, honey, smoke and caramel. Warm booze notes, honey and soft toffee on the finish.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lasting beige sheet stays atop the almost opaque deep brown hue. Full-on honey nose with more than a touch of wax that, when warm, veers toward plastic, but when cooler, feels more natural, more biscuity, graham cookies reminding and almost oaty. Frankly, its 3-month oak sojourn did not add much besides a lazy touch of oak and even more vanilla. Still extremely sweet like the original, but rich enough with bready, toasty, mildly earthy, almost roasty hints to be a captivating sipper. Round on the palate, but certainly not thick and keeping a fair amount of carbonation for a beer of its type. Good stuff, but at 19$ a pop when I can get the regular at half the price, all volume proportions kept, it’s pretty much a rip-off.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a yellow off white head. Dry herbal and wooden splinter like tones. Light vanilla notes, some oak with a light fruit tone and a wisp of smoke. Soft with vanilla, honey and caramel with a mild warmth. Very nice.
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de miel. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de miel avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de miel en arrière goût. (Rating #3559)
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy ruby-brown with dark tan bubbles. Nose of honey, caramel, rosewater, rich and awesome! Taste of caramel, toasty, honey, big raisin, rich, absolutely awesome! Oak barrel, creamy honey linger, complex and endless!
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a white head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit, peat malt, toffee, honey and oak. The flavor is a little bit different. I really like the dark fruit notes (cherries and grapes) as well as the toffee, honey and oak. There is also a bit of smoke and peat malt as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, oak, light whiskey and flower notes. Flavour of caramel, whiskey, wood and low sweetness for a scotch ale. Very highly carbonated , much more so than the non-oak-aged version. The booze is not hidden at all - feels more like 14-15%. Quite decent but lots of flaws.