hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Murky dark-brown ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, taupe head. The aroma is a marriage of burnt caramel and bourbon underscored by hints of lactic acid, toasted oak and maple syrup. Light to medium-bodied and watery with fizzy carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is both nutty and chocolaty including a warm, smooth, bourbon element. Finishes lightly tangy and sweet; capped by a gentle kiss of vanilla. Bottle courtesy of the ever-generous growler!
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375mL bottle, pours a deep murky, dark mahogany with a substantial, lingeringly foamy tan head with loads of sediment. Nose is the best of both worlds, both quad-like characteristics and loads of bourbon, perhaps more of the woody barrel notes than the remaining dark fruit and brown sugar notes that was present in the base beer. Flavour brings out substantial woody bourbon barrels, a fairly big alcohol kick and none other than what I have to describe as glue (as other reviewers have denoted). Fairly high carbonation, higher than the base beer, with detracts from some of the complexity. Decent, but quite flawed, both due to the glue presence and the high carbonation. Not a shadow on the base beer.
Psytron (1231) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell of tar. Black colour, brown head.
We expect something more. Very dark
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy, sediment-filled, chestnut-maroon color with a full, foamy, fizzy, beige head which diminishes to a thin, lasting layer and leaves minimal lacing. The nose is nice some spicy alcohols, spicy cinnamon, slight bourbon tinge, toasted oak and caramel, molasses, cinnamon raisin toast, slight vanilla. The flavor is less rich than the nose suggests; cinnamon raisin toast, toasty caramel in there, light molasses, and a slight coffee bitterness. The palate is medium to full, lively, chewy, and coating. The finish is slightly dry with toasty oak coffee bitterness, still cinnamon, and an emerging chocolate presence. A very nice barrel-aged strong Belgian but the barrels diminished the richness and complexity if the beer beneath. A nice addition to the Mikkeller line up, but not as nice the original.
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daknole (8867) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown pour, tan head. Caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisins in the aroma. Flavor is rich, sweet, toffee, bourbon, vanilla. Awesome.
thirdeye11 (5484) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle) clear brown, rich, soapy bubbles. Nose of rich bourbon, raisin, spirits, caramel, complex awesome. Taste is less rich and more alcohol, no dark fruit to speak of, thin palate and hot linger.
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), vanilla, bourbon, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and some chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, wood, brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and slick, and is also well carbonated. I think it’s a good overall brew, but pricey at $12.99 a bottle. Worth a try if you come across it.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouts dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is vanilla, wood, leather and some slight citrus fruit. As on not good but not bad. Might be on its way out. Taste is not great. More tart than sweet that I would expect from the barrel. Very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium body with a long finish.
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SirLimpsalot (2061) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Gyllenbock: Stor fatdoft men ganska ensformig med tydlig bourbonsötma och en torr eftersmak. Tydlig smak av äppelkärner.
npwgallagher (38) - valparaíso, CHILE - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma humo higo alcohol. Oscura. Sabor quemada dulce higo bourbon bastante pimienta alcohol.