argo0 (10419) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver. Clear red-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brett, bourbon, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/Bourbon, some chocolate, cherry. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.
j12601 (5716) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a lightly hazy brown with a thin white head. Light funky and faint vanilla. Light chocolate. The brett on here is very faint. More vanilla and bourbon and a bit of booze on the finish.
bu11zeye (11262) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle dipped in red wax, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, grass, cherry, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, toasted bread, and subtle butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, cherry, wood, coconut, earth, caramel, toffee, chocolate, some pineapple, burnt toast, and raisins with a dry finish.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to vacax and jerz -
Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a white ring of suds.
Aroma: Sweet vinous port wine, cherry and funk.
Taste: Burnt brown sugar, sweet cherry, alcohol and wood.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, low carbonation, which in my opinion makes it perfect.
Overall: An amazing treat. The bourbon barrel and the hit of brett deserve a round of applause. They didnít step on each other, and contributed to a wonderful experience.
thirdeye11 (5070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to BMan1113VR) clear rich medium brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose of honey, floral, brett, bourbon, wood and caramel. Taste of brett, floral, caramel, honey, butter with light alcohol and oily texture. Lower carbonation than expected. I didnít think the brett would show through in such a big flavored beer, but it really did. Surprised me in a nice way, an interesting combination.
Mora2000 (4111) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit and butterscotch. The flavor is brett, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Great beer.
BMan1113VR (7420) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (red wax, brett edition). Pours with a fading tan head over a murky amber body. Some alcohol legs. Aroma of bourbon, tanginess, pineapple (both fresh and caramelized), caramel, wood, lots of alcohol, persimmons, leather, toffee, chocolate, burnt toast, menthol, candied dates and cranberries. Taste is alcohol, wet wood, light tangy fruits, tannins, sweet, alcohol, loads of toffee, caramelized pineapple. Lively bubbles, creamy and warming,
blutt59 (5714) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, Muddy brown pour with bubbly foam, woody,
sweet maple and whiskey aroma, flavors of whiskey, sour caramel, oak and
some heat on the finish
popery (1133) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, City Beer Store. I like Old Dipsea a lot, and I enjoy the normal bourbon barrel version. The mild brett character makes this one a touch better, right now. Itís still a big sweet, thick barleywine. Both brett and bourbon barrel take a back seat to the barleywine flavors. Lots of sweet caramel candy malt and gentle hops. The time in the barrel takes the bit off the hops nicely. Some vanilla and oak - Heaven Hill barrels always seem to do good things for beer. It will be very interesting to see where this beer heads with age.
mpersinger (316) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple taster pours from bomber at SR Beerfest (thanks to brewer Arnie):
Deep ruddy opaque pour with slight off-white lacing. Sweet dark malt and touch of candied pineapple in aroma. Rich caramel and fruitiness on nose, then some sweet cherry (not characteristic of this brett c strain) and light chocolate notes and bourbon hint, along with mellow alcohol warmth and touch of butterscotch coming through. Velvety palate with medium body, balanced.
Historically, this is the strain of brett from English stock ales, and this tastes like English ale yeast. The presence of some diacetyl works fine here, and would be present historically as well. I wonder if the complete absence of hop bitterness in finish (interesting since the base is barleywine) was the work of the brett, or only the aging? Should be interesting to try another 6 months on, but may be in its prime now (it was labeled í09).