AmEricanbrew (6659) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany color/ tan head. Nice dry wood, chocolate raison, vanilla aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Dark raison, chocolate, caramel, dry wood, vanilla flavors with a belgian yeast spiciness, very good.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber thanks to brewboone. Shared at July Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with a tan head and good lacing. Nose is of oak and funk. Taste is winelike with oak presence. Mouthfeel is dry and medium-thin.
deyholla (9936) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Kan! Poured a near clear brown with a yellow brown head that dissipated to the edge. Aroma was full of sweet grains with some dark fruits and a bit of oak. Flavor had more dark fruit with caramel and sweet dark grains coming on towards the finish with a hint of oak. A bit off from me.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from... Pours a dark caramel cola brown with lighter reddish brown edges and a thin white to off-white head... Aroma of dark fruit raisins and plums with very minimal oak ... Flavors are very much centralized on dark fruits and caramel malt with a mild
degree of oak which adds a tangy semi-tart finish. Doesn’t do too much for
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Jeremiah for this bottle, 2009 vintage.
Pours dark mahogany that shows through a brilliant deep copper when held up to light. There’s a big creamy tan head that sticks to the glass aggressively on the way down and leaves a thick cap throughout.
The aroma is so complex and not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruits and chocolate, but the most interesting part is the clean oak aroma, almost spicy, with hints of bourbon and vanilla.
The taste is super smooth and a big combination of dark fruits, candi sugar and bourbon and oak. There is a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla and the same spiciness I got in the aroma. The bourbon burns a bit in the finish.
The mouthfeel is velvety with strong carbonation, sweet and spicy all together on the palate.
This is an excellent, excellent beer, probably slightly better than the original, which is quite a high hurdle for me. Extraordinarily drinkable for the listed 11.5% ABV. The barrel character really evens out the underlying beer. Wonderful stuff.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery. Rating #10. Pours a dark amber shade with a trim beige head. Smells strangely of lotion and tea -- chamomile? Tastes of tart cherries, vanilla, toffee, and wet wood. Reminds me a little of Flossmoor Ovation. Neat.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, courtesy 4.4-40. The pour yields a hazy, dark plummy-brown colored body with a small blanked of tan foam at the head. Wet globes of lacing mostly rejoin the body. Aromas are based in brown sugar and caramel, with deep notes of dates, chestnuts, and cocoa. There’s a soft, vanilla dominant wood component, along with hints of maple and lightly peppery spice. Flavors follow suit, showing big on dry roasted chestnuts, caramelized brown sugar, sweet vanilla, and powdered cocoa. Grains of paradise appear in the spice profile, as does a touch of nutmeg. The palate is rich, substantial, and somewhat creamy, yet sufficiently dried out by the barrel and the boisterous yeast. Overall, a very, very good Belgian style strong brown ale, but I feel that the oak actually rounds out the fruity, roasty, malty depth of the excellent base beer a bit too much. The non-oaked version is noticeably better.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Tan head. Aroma is dusty, dry, oaky and maybe a bit of dark dried fruit. Flavor is funky and oaky, with some fruity notes. Some yeasty notes...very odd and interesting. Thanks nbutler11 for this one!
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel with a light brown head aroma is rasins yeast candi sugar caramel dark fruits and a little funk. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Good stuff.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a deep mahogany with a thick creamy beige head. Complex aroma of dark fruit, caramel, booze and a light barrel funk. The flavor is dark roasted caramel malt with some dark Belgian candi sugar, light roasted bitterness and a bit of a sourness coming from the barrel. The beer is full bodied with a mellow carbonation and a soft smooth mouth feel. This is an excellent beer, it’s amazing how much the barrel aging changes this one. The barrel doesn’t just add flavors and aromas but really changes the flavors, and for the better I might add.