hapjydeuce (912) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 2004 vintage sampled at cquirogaís 3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting. This is some dank sh*t right here. Hell yeah. The beer exhibited one of the most intense barrel characters Iíve had in a while. Pours very still like brandy, no head or any carbonation for that matter. Insane bourbon barrel aroma, displaying notes of charred wood, coconut and vanilla. More wood and bourbon in the flavor, with caramel malts, brandy and cocoa powder. Elegant palate that finishes mellow with sustained warming bourbon, this would serve as a great aperitif. Wow.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
30th Rating from 3rd Annual Woodshop tasting in Temple City, CA. 3/1/08. One hell of a day put on by Cquiroga, thanks for a killer day Chris. Also spent the day there with bikesanbeer, my girlfriend Cyn, wetherel, JohnC, DenverLogan, dirty_martini, jasparg, DrBil, IPAFiend, awaisanen and many others, this was one crazy day. 2004 Vintage 750. Best Beer Iíve had form Magic Hat, Period. Pours amber with no head. Big sweet nose, Taste is sweet adn big and nice and crazy. very very good.
microakes (154) - CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber Colour. Not much head. Citrus & Hops combine nicely and give a nice warm glow. Surprising, really since the bottle is 4 years old.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft sampling at State Line. Pour was murky brown with reddish hues, fairly generous tannish colored head, recarbonated after aging? The aroma was an overpowering strong bourbon/brandy, smelled many feet away from the glass. Drawing the glass close to the nose, really it was hard to detect much else going on underneath, some fruitiness, but that could have just been elements from what Iím calling the brandy/bourbon itself. The flavor was unexciting, unless you wanted a shot of Brandy/Bourbon. I couldnít even tell what the base beer style was (light oak, vanilla, and honey also present), the liquor was so overwhelming. This is one of the finest examples of the overdone aging in liquor/wine barrels. Robert, thanks a bunch for the experience, still a fun tasting and it certainly wasnít a drain pour - just not a beer?
alexanderj (3202) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NOTB; as golubj mentioned this was almost too much. Seems like it was bourbon with some barley wine influence. Not bad tasting, but just a little too aggressive.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
EBF NOTB. There was just an absurd amount of bourbon in the aroma for this one. I found it distasteful. The flavor has a little czech hops, but I canít taste much beyond the bourbon.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by puddintane. Lots of honey in the aroma with some wood--very mead like. Almost black body with no head. Full palate. Strong malt flavor, boozy tastes with some honey and oak again. Interesting.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by puddintane: Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma, woody and oaky, some vanilla and caramel notes. Flavor, caramel, brown sugar, oaky and woody, a dry finish. Also some earthy notes, and dark fruits, some vanilla. This was pretty good.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml, bottling date of 1/1/04, hand signed and numbered (#1558). I received this some time ago (Summer of í04, IIRC) from Volgon, and itíd been in the cellar ever since. Aroma is just dripping with bourbon making this is the predominant character, accompanied by suggestions of dried apricot, fig, orange, red grape and toffee, along with some light spice and herbal tones. Deep burnt orange color, mostly clear, with a fully subsiding head, no lacing to note. Flavor profile is similarly rife with bourbon, not that this is a bad thing by in itself, but it does seem to cover virtually all other aspects of the flavor, as these are relatively faint by comparison. About all that exists outside of this are the faint toasty malts, tobacco notes, a light dried fruit character, and touches of honey and caramel. Finish is warming, tangy and generously alcoholic, some light acidity. Iíd be very curious to see what this beer is like outside of any barrel aging as I found the prevalence of the bourbon character a bit too overwhelming. Regardless, some points for uniqueness.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 750 ml bottle. Thanks to eyedrinkale for this in a face to face trade in Denver. Lots of dark fruit and molasses in the aromas and flavors. Some alcohol in the finish. Pretty tasty though