mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, strong and complex. Aged about 5 years. Clear carmel color, vanishing head. Aromatics include raison/plum, peppery or anise spice, a little funkiness aka horse blanket. Smooth, medium to heavy body. Flavors of aged carmel, a hint sourness, alcohol more evident as it warms. Still sneaky at 11%.
dyan (31) - Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Faro in a long ago trade. 2007 release. A clear brown with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is rich and complex with nutmeg, allspice, vanilla , a little alcohol, apple cider, whole wheat bread,caramel, brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Awesome stuff. The palate opens medium full, moderately sweet, with toffee, bread and vanilla before a warming mid palate. Burnt sugar and spices are present with a pleasing nutmeg character paired with an enjoyable burnt raisin, apple cider and vanilla character. Bourbon character is mild, mostly present as vanilla. Awesome soft, smooth palate. Excellent stuff.
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with my buddy Mike. Nice sweet nose. Fruitcake and nuts, bread. Pilsner malt. Sweet cracker and cookie notes. Smooth vanilla barrel, creamy and delicious. I really enjoyed this.
bytemesis (3683) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brian - thanks man! Pours opaque mahogany, thick and creamy with a small drown head and some lacing. Aroma is very malty, some spices, caramel, toffee, yeast. Flavor is the same, definitely quad-like but some oxidation evident as well. Full body and rich mouthfeel. Tasty beer that was probably better a couple of years ago.
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very aged bottle. Copper Pour and the flavors haven’t lasted too long. Some fruit and malts, but some definite oxidization. Wish I could have tried the beer awhile ago.
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from pepsican. Thanks, Andy! Pours a richer deep brownish copper hue. Healthy deeper haze, ruby copper glow in the body, darker yet inviting. A frothy offwhite head dies to a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas are lots of apple, fruity elements, a bit of pear, cherry, and gentle raisin. Carmelized malt and brown sugar, caramel. Yeasty life, bit of vanilla, banana bread. More jabs of apple and/or cherries. Cidery, fruit, gentle toffee malt. Yeasty, a touch of oxidation. Initial is medium bodied, a dose of cinnamon and brown sugar, firm caramel, toffee, and biscuity malts. Carmelized, a touch of oxidation. Middle shows a touch of heat, good dose of fruit. Apple, a touch cidery, cherries, and gentle dried dark fruit. A bit thinner into the backend, yeasty, mellow spice, cinnamon with carmelized malt. Touches of heat, lingering spice, red fruit and gentle sweet toffee malt, fruity melange. A bit older, thinned, but still kicking pretty well. A bit oxidized. I think Tail Wagger has held up better. Still, pretty solid offering here if a bit aged.
arminjewell (6751) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy orange-red with thin to no white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, bread pudding, hints of earth, vanilla, touch of oxidized cardboard,hints of grass and grain. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, vanilla, hints of cracker, touch of earth, finishing fairly sweet, bitter, slightly dry.
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks for this one man!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Somewhat oxidized, caramel, toffee, a hint of banana, clove, cardboard, bread, and old earthy hops in the aroma. Taste is toffee, golden raisins, figs, clove, banana, biscuit, bread, and vanilla with a slightly spicy finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Pretty tasty, but a bit past its prime, although the alcohol is very well hidden.
blklab2007 (2027) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to summer secret santa. Pour has a dark amber color and a ring of white head on the glass. Aroma has some fruit, sweet malt, yeast, and a bit of earth. mouth feel is medium and there is low carbonation. Flavor is so sweet, rich malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and a lingering finish. I just can not get into this one.
48FanInCali (753) - California, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iced tea color pour without the ice. Lots of sediment. Thin head. Nose of dark fruit, nutmeg, booze and other spices. Taste is very sweet with tons of dark fruit and sweet malt. Even a little too sweet for me for the style. Not much too much as far as barrel characteristics.