ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you’re a fan of bourbon barrel aging, this is right up your alley. Deep dark copper/brown pour with toffee colored lasting head. Moderate lacing. Rich bourbon barrel aroma with toasted marshmallow. I could huff this all night. A fair amount of alcohol heat in the nose that also warms the mouth. Tastes of dark roast espresso beans, dark chocolate, figs, and black cherries. The port brandy wood comes out more in the dry, slightly chalky finish than the primary flavor. An excellent sipping brew. Would love to cellar a few of these.
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is full of booze, sharp bourbon, sweet brandy, followed by darker fruits, chocolate, roasted dark malts. Big and assertive. Nice smelling once you get past the heat. Pours dark copper/auburn, head leaves to a lace. The flavor is full of alcohol, lots of bourbon/brandy. More dark fruits, a good deal of serpents stout shows through with roasted burnt malty notes. Brown sugar, vanilla and a big hot finish. Interesting and nice, but way too expensive and a little hot.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle from Friar Tuck. This brew is a murky dark reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Chocolate malt, bourbon and brandy aroma. Rich body with flavors of oaky bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and molasses. The finish is rich and malty with a vanilla and caramel aftertaste. Very good overall.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to markwise for sharing this bottle ‘o yum. Pours murky copper with tan head. The aroma is full yummy goodness with rich molasses mixing with prunes and figs and a bit of booziness as well as drool inducing caramel candy and chocolate. I do get a bit of harsh heat on the snoot at the end of the draw. The taste is similar with yummy caramel, rich prunes, some mild boozy harshness and rich near velvety chocolate (that seems to be at odds with the harsher notes). It seems the smooth chocolate comes out ahead in a struggle that reaches into the depths of the after taste. Wow! Yum. Need to get one of these to lay down in the cellar next to SeaBass (from cigar city).
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel brown almost black with a small tan head. Nose held vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and light bourbon notes. Flavors melded very well together on the palate, light booze in the finish but not as bad as expected.
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with slight opaque edges and a light caramel brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice boozy note with both bourbon and brandy coming through. There was also a nice presence of dark sweet grains to balance the booze. The flavor had that same nice boozy note that was complimented by sweet dark grains and somewhat light chocolate.
50belair (2174) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The nose was mostly Angels’ Share. The taste pretty much followed suit. I mean don’t get me wrong, this is a great beer but it was completely dominated by the brandy flavors of the Angels’ Share.
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Nice! Aroma of roasted nuts, molasses, alcohol, and fruit.Pours very dark brown, thick tan head, mdeium body and fairly active carbonation. Dregs all around. Very strong alcohol notes, bitter hops in there too. I really taste the barrels. Many beers have "wood" in the name, but few really deliver like this. Sweet, smooth, strong ale. You can actually eat this beer. Tasted at 60F from the bottle.
2012 Update: My Lord.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep brown nearly opaque with a small but lasting frothy beige head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of coffee and cream, bakers chocolate, burnt sugar, walnuts, bourbon barrel (oak, vanilla, coconut, booze), and some red wine acidity. Smells is quite complex and makes me excited to try the first sip. The taste starts sweet and rich with lots of malty notes and over ripened fruit, nutty and roasty with a bit of a burnt tone midsection. The finish is brash bourbon and rum like, sort of a rum cake character. A bit of coffee and oak tannins help keep this from becoming cloy and overbearing. The mouth feel is sticky and lush with an aggressive warming and ashy woody aftertaste.
While there are a lots of things to like about this beer, the parts are greater than the whole. I think more carbonation and perhaps some dry hopping could have made it more drinkable and rounded the palate. Additionally it does suffer from the same muddled blend character found in the Firestone Walker blended beers. All that said, hardly a drain pour and there were moments I did enjoy this concoction.
markwise (4428) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to dschiller for this one in trade. Pours dark brown/ black with a teeny off-white head. The nose is awesome: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, fudge, caramel, booze, wood, and depth and complexity like no one’s business. Flavor is similar with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla beans, booziness all over, caramel, and fudge. Medium to full bodied and enjoyable, yet overpowering. I had to raise my rating because this beer is incredible, and it mellows some as it warms.