SDalkoholic (1998) - 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.
UDBeernut (1245) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep opaque amber, not quite black, with a thin tan head. nose of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. taste follows and the bourbon accentuates rather than overwhelms. body is solid. many thanks to tleaver33 for the bottle.
redbarenej (10) - - NOV 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap, what a beer! Great aroma, great appearance, great everything, one of the better beers I’ve ever had.
jmgreenuk (2582) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2013 375 ml Bottle (2008 version) at Local Option, Chicago. Poured a dark murky brown with a round off white head and a super rich consistency. The aroma is strong raisin, red berry fruit, malt and alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich raisin fruit malt alcohol weak liqourice oaky palate. A super rich consistency beer. The alcohol is well controlled for the ABV which makes it a great.
XmnwildX12 (2071) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, had some nice bourbon and caramel notes, quite flat.
chinchill (1011) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a small snifter.
Feel: excellent except for some high ABV harshness; near full body; very good, ir relatively high, carbonation.
Taste: Sweet up front; Rich and complex; dark roasted malts dominate the bitter/sweet aftertaste.
O: Outstanding. Improved with warming and more warming.
dfinney23 (1248) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ooh, 1000th rating (of the beer, not mine). Even better because it was free -- just too much for some girls at the bar who bailed for something lighter. The most obviously barrel aged beer I’ve had, which is saying something. Huge caramel, vanilla and oak over dark malty goodness.
HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Cardinal tasting october. Dark brown color, tan head.Aroma of cherry, caramel malt, raisins and bourbon. Taste of nuts, prune, sweet malt and a aloholic touch. Weak barrel touch. Again a nice one from JP
Holmen2 (149) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex aroma of dried fruits, dates, prunes, cigar box etc. Similarly complex taste that keep developing in the mouth. Port and fine sherry. Perhaps with a hint of alcohol crudeness.
Holmen1 (1670) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff sep-13, etter det offisielle programmet ("fra gribbebordet": en lekkerbisken for de som er begeistret for store mengder karamell og vanillje. Flytende godteri, og sånn sett en passende avslutning på kvelden. Må prøves i mer objektiv tilstand.
Cbuk1013 (228) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer but a bit thinner in the mouthfeel than I expected and maybe a little heavy on the bourbon. But overall very solid.