BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, figs, heavy bready malt, light earthy hops, dates and raisins. Flavor is sweet caramel and bready malt, lightly tart figs and raisins, faint earthy hops and light bitterness, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and Bourbon with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, GT. Opens with no sound and is flat as can be. Just about black, maybe very dark brown, in color. No head. Bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt on the nose. A hint of maple, some raisin, chocolate, and licorice as well. Really slick and flat on the tongue. Sweet burnt sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Some tart raisin and a bit of licorice. Bitter dark chocolate...quite oxidized. Some cardboard coming through.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[ Bottle ][ savnac ][ 22oz ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thank you Ira for this one! Cap comes off with no hiss and almost no pressure, loose? Pours is totally flat, deep red brown. Nose is tomato bourbon, vanilla, fudge. Taste is totally dead, paper, tomato, mild chocolate. Lifeless, flat body. Sad face.
>!< flat, oxidized, paper
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber courtesy of SHIG, thanks Shawn. It pours with a deep mahogany body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up caramel, spicy winter holiday cookies, spicy Belgian yeast, marshmallow and then a nectar like sort of molasses sweet richness in the background. The taste delivers rich smooth notes that are balanced. Yum. I get molasses, caramel, rich prune candy, brown sugar, sweet cherry reduction and a marshmallow note where subtle smooth candy like bourbon is well off in the background. Wow! This all goes together seamlessly. Rich lovely. Wow!
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 pulls this gem outta the blue! Wow. I had this one my wants list and gave up on it. Pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. Lots of fruit, dried fruit, port, bourbon, toasted oak, this has held up well. Nice one!
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Murky dark brown with absolutely no head. Aroma is strong bourbon with toffee, dark fruity, oak and alcohol. Flavor is boozy bourbon, dried cherries, sweet caramel, alcohol and oak. Medium to full body with no carbonation, pretty much completely flat. Would be a nice beer but the lack of carbonation ruins if for me.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: #235 Alaskan brewed beer rating, finally after 16 month I’ve finally tied for third. Pours a thick chocolate brown with a whispery head that disappears. Strong bourbon nose that lingers. Lots of dark fruit with wood and bourbon hints. Finish is malty and strong alcohol warming.
jcartamdg (3136) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with an off white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste is boozy, lots of bourbon, raisins, oak and vanilla. Very hot.
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hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear, dark ruby ale with a small, fluffy, khaki head that’s gone in a flash… Zap! The aroma is malty, fruity and earthy - molasses, chocolate, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon are standouts. The flavor is a decently balanced marriage of dark chocolate and dark, dried fruits, deeply roasted malts, vanilla, wood and mild smoke. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes smoky, rich and malty with a kiss of sourmash. World class effort. Thanks go out to JW77 for sharing this rarity!
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to JW77 for bringing this one out of his stash for us at the Miami Throwdown 2010. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Nose is bourbon, malt, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is similar with a huge amount of complexity. This man must have a beer genie under his fridge: you just tell it what you want, and there it is. Thanks, John.