SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. What a treat to have this available at a local spot. I was saving it for when I had a lot of time to spend drinking it and studying it and now was my time. The nose was a sweet blend of caramel and sugary malt with an unbelievable fresh scent of wood. The wood kind of reminded me of woodshop or a freight carrying a whole cargo of cut trees. The flavor was similar to syrup and hid the alcohol content to a well masked factor during the drink. The pour created vigorous head which I didn’t expect and in part I lost a few ounces since I couldn’t control the abruption of the bottle, but I admired it’s view while it rested in my glass. I savored every sip I took of this beer and only had wished it was sold in a bigger bottle so that I could indulge myself fully in it’s taste further.
jsporrer (415) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ HO1K Beers. Pours a cinnamon brown color with a thin tan ring. Light aroma of bourbon. Flavor is mostly whiskey with some woody earthy notes. Not my favorite style. Too much whiskey flavor and not much else.
Bawelt (371) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un corps de fou, beaucoup de présence. On est sur la bière noble par excellence : nez relativement éthylique, des notes de vieillissement, du malt très présent, très caramélisé.
Bouche assez épaisse, notes champignonnees genre vieille cave. Beaucoup de fruits noirs, des notes légèrement vineuses.
Très profonde, manque peut être de subtilité mais incontestablement une grande bière.
tillmac62 (619) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Borderline world class very complex nose of charred oak, candied dark fruit (plum, raisin), bourbon, light notes of tobacco and leather, caramel and prune over a slightly sweet malt base.
Medium body with a smooth texture that has some creaminess. Superb carbonation that is well balanced with the body providing a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is borderline world class, especially for 12.5% ABV. Survive the onslaught of the first few sips and you will be in for quite a treat after your palate normalizes. Alcohol astringency is very well covered with just a bit emerging in the finish. Balance is world class, for a beer of this strength and it is a brewing masterpiece. A lot goes on in this complex beer, yet each element has its moment on the stage. Bourbon never leaves the palate but ebbs and flows allowing others to pop to the surface. A sweet bourbon leads off then flows into caramel by the middle. Here the other flavors of the nose arrive in roughly the following order: tobacco and leather, oak - which lingers, dark fruits and finally prune. The finish delivers a final crescendo of rich caramel that ebbs as bourbon lingers in the remarkable slightly dry finish. A little heat at the back of the throat, but far less than typical for an ale of this strength.
markextrae (3131) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from bottle, backlog, poured a murky brown colour with a few bubbles on the side. nose of sweet caramel, butterscotch, prunes, chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon, toffe, sticky mouthfeel. oak, balanced beer, lovely sipper.
DesertDevil (683) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Whole Foods Market - Chandler. The aroma presents scents of muted sweet baked apple, faint cinnamon, and minor brandy booziness with faint plum floating beneath. Pours murky reddish-brown. The brandy heat hits the tongue first but quickly gives way to a melange of sweet graham cracker, golden raisin, and wet oak flavors. A glowing warmth on the swallow showcases the booziness once more. Not bad, but not nearly as enjoyable or complex as Angel’s Share aged in bourbon barrels.
Hoprider (311) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
N: prunes, charamel, even some hops but mostly big beautiful oak character. Not the sweet spirity kind but fat and fruity and yeasty banana bonbons. Dark fruits galore. T: dark sugars and oaky tanins. Clear barleywine caramel.. Mouthfeel is oily and with low carb. Great fruity aftertaste with a semi hot and sweet Finnish
TheHopster (1020) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a black-brown complexion with quickly dissipating head. No glass lacing. Aroma of chocolate cherry cordial candy and alcohol. The flavor is an intense deep malt with brandy, dried dark fruits and some anise. Lingering palate.
tarmok (1002) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2016 Brown liquid with tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel. Tastes same, nuts, heavy sweet, light bitter, light sour. Full body, oily feel, soft carbonisation, long finish
VamboladeTolly (1231) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost no head. Aroma: chocolate, toffee, burnt caramel, sweet dark bread, dark berries. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, some spicyness, Full body. sweet finish.Nice.
ADfan (752) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap it is dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma has booze, roasted malts and roasted fruits. Taste is big & boozy. There is some bourbon up front but smooth. Then there is some figs, plums and hint of vanilla. Great balance for such a young beer. Long finish, great beer.