Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Au festival de chambly, robe noire et petite mousse moka, arôme de torréfaction et de houblon, goût de café à la vanille et de houblons. Très bonne mais je préfère l’original!
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Jay at tasting at my house. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, dark roasted coffee, roasted dark chocolate malts, vanilla and fudge brownies. Some oak. Medium body. Well balanced. One of the better beers of the night.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I took to a tasting at James’s place. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized dense tan head. Soft bourbon and wood on the nose, toast and roast, cocoa and chocolate. Cocoa, warm bourbon, roast and wood. Lovely chocolate and warm brownies and bourbon. Very nice. Remarkably smooth.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. bottle number 594/700. black with a tan head. huge bourbon barrell and big black beer nose. endlessly complex flavour. the mouthfeel is full and the finishgoes on forever. this is the best bourbon barrelled beer ive ever had. stunning.
thirdeye11 (5390) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) clear deep brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is smoky, dark raisins, toasty, brown sugar, lightly mossy. Taste is very smoky, sweet Brown sugar, almost syrupy. Medium body, a bit worcestshire like.
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the harvest festival and another strange one but in a pretty good way. The barrel characteristics were very light with small bourbon and vanilla notes. The dry hopping made this weird i think. Citrus and dank grass fight a bit with the roasty chocolate notes.
tom10101 (2216) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Bottle (750 ml) shared at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival - 2011. Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of Citra hops, bourbon, wood and hints of the complex aroma of the regular beer (chocolate, liquorice, raisins, roasted malt and list goes on). Taste is acidic and citrusy with light notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisins, roasted malt and chocolate. Low carbonation. The regular version of the beer is heavier than this one. This beer is definitely complex but I’m not convinced about the balance. Bourbon isn’t that much present and the Citra dry-hop completely change the beer, maybe not for the best. I prefer the regular version of the beer but it’s still a very good one.
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hill farmstead bottle share, the barrel aging here did a great job, tons of vanilla and bourbon flavors, the porter holds up well.
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 750 ml bottle (2011 edition) from Boîte à Bières (many thanks, P-A). Pours black with an orangeish tint. Very short-lasting beige head, leaves no lacing. Smell is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, wood. Taste is dark cherry, figs, strong chocolate, cocoa, roasted, port wine, wood, bourbon whiskey. Some fruity, lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Leaves a lingering roast, wood, smoked and hazelnut taste in mouth. Light bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost imperceptible. Felt like having the best port wine of my life.
This is a top notch beer ; unfortunately, compared to the "regular" version, it seems to have lost a lot of its body, and the carbonation also seems to have suffered, as well as the head. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone, and would be delighted to try the 2010 version.
June 3, 2013 update
750 ml bottle from czar (2010 edition - thus, aged almost one year since its purchase in July 2012) - thanks a million, mate. Pours pitch black with a nice beige head (surprisingly much longer-lasting than expected) that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, wood, dark chocolate, hazelnut, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted hazelnut, wood, smoke, black cherry, dates, figs, coconut. Finish is roast, hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee. Lingering corn and bourbon flavors. Medium to strong body, sticky and oily mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Very, very, extremely, unbelievably solid sh*t. If that beer were a woman, I would indulge in the most sinful of acts with it. I would probably sell my soul for an opportunity to bathe in it.
If heaven tastes as good as that lager, I am ready to go. If you got a bottle you want to get rid of...call me.
GonZoBeeR (2820) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:bourbon whysky aroma,chocolate and rosted malt.....
Appearance:dark,light tan head..
Flavor:alcool,rosted malt,whisky and light sour flavor....