Niksko (588) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cola brown with a thin tan head. Nose is intense vanilla, honey, toffee, bourbon, maple syrup. Flavor is maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, a little coffee (but only a hint). Sweet finish. So syrupy and delicious, with a lowish carbonation and a syrupy and heavy body. This beer has such intense barrel character, it’s really insane. Very sweet and sticky, really amazing.
charule (2117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2014 vintage B written on neck in green. Poured dark brown red with min beige head. Aroma sweet strong oaky barrel vanilla. Light carb med bod. Taste mellow barrel juice, get that char.
DCLawyer (2430) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog. 2009 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Dark brown with no head. Tons of sweet malt, toffee, molasses, booze. Really good.
arnold931 (1229) - Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is lots of bourbon and a little vanilla. Taste is a cross between vodka and tequila with a little vanilla and caramel. Lots of alcohol.
thomashall (626) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Brad, thanks. Dark brown caramel pour. Super sweet boozy aroma. Sweet taste, booze comes through a little. Really good.
Bacterial (2767) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big massive boozy malty nose. Sweet tequila, bourbon sweet goodness. Really easy to drink and nice malt profile.
jbruner (3830) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010/2011 bottle, whatever you want to call it. Pours an opaque black with minimal head or lace, but nice oily slickness on the side of the glass. Aroma is big booziness, barrel notes overpowered by roast and molasses, a hint of soy from oxidation. Taste follows, a bit more of the barrel here, with some vanilla and chocolate playing off the brown sugar. A bit past its prime, but still really nice.
tom10101 (5005) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375 ml) at home. Split 2˝ ways. At least 2 years old already, maybe more. Dark reddish-brown with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is complex with loads of figs and dark fruits along tobacco, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol and molasses. Taste is moderately acidic so it probably mean that there’s something wrong going on in there but it’s probably an early phase since there’s still residual sugars. There’s the same dried fruits and molasses presence than in the aroma with the booze being more present and the bourbon/vanilla/oak trio also being upfront. Medium body. Dead flat. A bit vinous mouthfeel. Fruity and hot finish. Not what I expected (except for the lack of carbonation) but it’s tasty, rather complex and I would even say quite enjoyable (in small portions).
monk191 (1692) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great brandy aged strong ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of lots of vanilla, caramel and booze. Taste is sharp, with lots of brandy all around, and a good amount a vanilla. A bit of caramel and red apples as well. Had on tap at the Winchester Goose.
gregwilsonstl (1899) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hooo, this is strong. Boozy. Like drinking wood. Whiskey. If you like barrel aged beers, this is for you. Hints of vanilla. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer