willisread (2172) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Thanks Jon! Huge bourbon nose with loads of chocolate. Some wheat and dark fruit tones come out as it warms up. Slightly sweet on the palate, but not cloying. More bourbon as it warms up with some vanilla, coconut, oak and grains. This is almost like an imperial stout rather than a barley wine. Huge flavors that get more complex as it warms. Finishes slightly sweet and warming with more of the same flavors standing out. Fantastic.
TimE (4836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color. Sourish nose wish tons of bourbon oak dark fruit. Decent sour dark fruit and bourbon character. Dark fruits and oak just longer and lingers. Good stuff
monk191 (1682) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice bourbon barreled beer, but not the most interesting, bourbon sort of overwhelms. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of bourbon and marshmallow. Taste is mostly bourbon, with a bit of marshmallow, vanilla and caramel, and some raisin in the finish. A bit of a strange sweet aftertaste. Had on tap at Billcos.
Tstamba (678) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to a snifter. Opaque mahogany with thin mocha head. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, salted caramel and cacao... Layers of flavor, dark dried fruit, figs, smooth, balanced boozy finish... What an outstanding beer!!!
ACHops (1270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Chuck’s CD. Pours murky reddish brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is roasty boozy dark caramel malt; fig, raisin, and port come through. Big sweet oaky bourbon notes on the back dominate. Taste is similar - caramel, vanilla, oak, leather, port, hazelnut all appear. Bourbon is heavy here as well, though not as dominant as the nose. Really works well with all the depth here and makes an outstanding beer even better. Some alcohol heat but so much flavor it doesn’t really detract. Awesome beer.
djd07 (8780) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to HopAg. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is roast, vanilla, wood, whiskey. Thin mouth, sweet roasted malt, oak, vanilla, nice booze, really enjoyed this one.
Clownoisseur (415) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 bottle split 2 ways. Pours a murky...if not chunky...mahogany color...amber hues, deep brown center. Loads of sediment pollute the glass. To be honest, it was an ugly beer. My expectations dropped almost instantly. The aroma was pretty dang abrasive too. Loads of bourbon sting the nostrils. Some dark fruits, caramel and faint vanilla/oak follow. The flavor was much more impressive. Extremely hot beer with a thin mouthfeel for the style. Just lots of bourbon all over this. Wet oak, plum, mild roasted notes, caramel and vanilla make brief appearances, but the heat on the backend just dominates the profile. It was a chore to get through my pour. Would like to re-visit with a fresh bottle but it’s not high on my list.
portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle shared by Ryan! Pours a murky deep brown mahogany with a quick thin khaki head that leaves a wispy thin film. Aroma is woody oak bourbon dark fruit brunt caramel. Taste is bitter sweet sugar burnt caramel bourbon dark pitted fruit. Palate is full slick drying and warming. Really glad I finally had this.
GenDV138 (5503) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey. 2010 vintage. Dark brownish black with no noticeable head. Aromas of whiskey, coffee, chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, roast, light booze and whiskey. Medium body with a dry finish. Barrel character probably faded by now.
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramelized barley and some booze. A hint of oak and almost a water sense here. Pours black without much head. Syrupy and somewhat sweet. Not sure about the hype on this. The regular one I liked better. 2010 bottle pour at Churchkey.