SuperTiti33 (595) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rousse/rouge. Bourbon. Caramel. Cardamome. Vanille cannelle. Nez très intense. Poivre. Muscade/girofle. Bouche: mince. Très épicé. Fruit séché. Cannelle. Poudreuse. Whisky. Manque de corps mais bien.
shaynsawchuk (551) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. 750 mL bottle. Hazy reddish brown with a thick off white head. Very nice nose, a bouquet of spices, toasty malts, orange and subtle barrel. Moderate sweetness balanced with generous hopping and some boozy barrel notes. Creamy palate with moderate plus body and average carbonation. Tasty, well integrated and (luckily, based off other reviews) improved by age.
Peaches083 (5) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had it both in bottle and on tap. Great subtle notes of bret but the spice makes this a great beer to pair with food. Very versatile.
BrewGoblin (461) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2013 edition. Ugh...just wonderful really. I am not sure about all the low ratings for this, I loved it. It’s very wintry and Christmasy for me and since I am a sap for the those two things, instant satisfaction. Right out of the gate it’s a looker; a pretty burnt cranberry ruby-brown body with a cream coloured velvet to froth greet you. Warming smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, apple pie, cranberries, dark fruitcake, red wine, wood, bourbon and a mild a basementy funk meld wonderfully to comprise a smooth and complex smell and taste. Sweet but not cloying with enough bitterness to keep it out of dessert territory and still remaining very drinkable. Silky smooth thick mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation rounds out this joyous holiday warmer.
probstblueribbon (3053) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 2013 vintage.
App.: Clear copper with a decent tan head.
Aroma: Spicy, almost smells infected, bourbon barrel character comes through, quite a bit, boozy, peppery, light Belgian yeast character, seems a bit harsh.
Palate: Medium+ body, somewhat relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of booze and barrel, some fruitiness and quite spicy, fairly rich malts, peppery, some Belgian character – more phenol than ester for sure; dry with gentle bitterness and a long, boozy, spicy, woody finish.
Not something I could drink much of. A shame to have opened a big bottle...
nickelpete (3) - - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great aroma and flavour from the bourbon barrel aging. Flavours of vanilla and caramel are combined with earthy flavours of oak barrels.
maley1 (806) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky amber pour with reddish tinge and a medium sized off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruits, nutmeg and bourbon. Taste of malts, caramel, raisins, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, slightly woody and bourbon. Full bodied, perfect carbonation, just the right amount of bourbon notes complimenting the beer. Very nice beer actually.
jtclockwork (8896) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Chad. Shared at tasting at my house. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, spice, nutmeg, herbs and peppermint. Medium body.
4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft spicy fruity aroma with a hint of bourbon. Aroma follows though into the taste ....the flavour is complex...on the downside there is a lingering boozy aftertaste.
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, JoeMcPhee, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o JoeMcPhee. 2013 vintage] Pours a dark amber with a small bubbly frothy off-white head. Really nice aroma of light spices, bourbon, fruit, caramel malt and cinnamon. Malty flavour along with some wood, light spices, dark fruit and bourbon. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed it, well done.