radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No knowledge of this one, just bought it on a whim at VE.
Poured into a pint glass. Medium pour achieves a thick, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving drapey lacing behind. Medium reddish amber.
Smell is unimpressive. Musty, formaldehydish.
Taste. First sip is nothing but sweet booze and caramel. Malty goodness. Hints of vanilla, toffee, burnt sugar etc. VERY boozy. Hot and spicy, with a peppery finish. Great example of the style from an American brewery no less.
SIPPER. Take heed.
This one should be laid down for a few years to lose the extreme spikes and blend into something much more balanced.
I bet this one turns out to be a star in a few years.
rjwhite41 (40) - osceola, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. 2012 Vintage so this will be a young tasting. Pours clear dark ruby red mahogany with a one finger off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of fruits pear, a little apple, fresh baked bread, alcohol, caramel, a little grassy and a little woody. Nice complex flavor profile. Starts with your usual prune and raisin combo, moves through to fresh ripe green fruit, some caramel sweetness and some breadiness. The alcohol is very apparent but not necessarily in a bad way. The finish lingers for ages and coats your mouth like a syrup. It doesnít feel overly syrupy when drinking but it is apparent in the aftertaste. Thereís a bitterness to balance it all out. Seems less hoppy than a young Bigfoot, at least on the nose, and seems more true to the style to me. Very tasty beer. Now I need to cellar some!
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 Bought @ Jakes bar and bistro. adding to a past post, drinkin a bottle from 2007 and it is, oh so good!! now back to original post... This beer is sssooo different from last year!?! Last year it became a wonderful beer after 2 months, this year this is like a thurobread horse, right out of the gate this beer is ready! the nose is somewhat elusive giving some sort of honeydew melon meets maple sugar thing, that leads into a real treat! The mouthfeel gets fizzy when held in the mouth for too long, but over-all has a nice carbonation. The flavor stays the course of the nose, some sort of melon meets maple syrup with some sort of spice, but in a GREAT way! 13.25% I just canít see (until it hits me upside the head!). All in all this beer rocks! Just drink in moderation!!
maus10 (40) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer at 28 Springs in Siloam Springs, AR. 2012 vintage, served at 55 degrees, from a bottle in a tulip. This beer has an incredible aroma. Maybe a better aroma than taste, but the taste is fantastic as well. Bready and hints of caramel and fruits. Loved it!
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chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber color, clear, white head with a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet, caramel, honey, dried apricots, prunes and... alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, honey, licorice and cherry, turns woody/earthy and ends on some more hoppy notes (pine and citrus) with a final kick of whisky. Very good creamy mouthfeel, very smooth and well rounded. This could age wonderfully.
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle is one of two I purchased from the 2011 vintage. I drank this from a tulip glass.
The first pour results in a gorgeous deep amber with a light head that bubbles fast and dissipates quickly. Mild Lacing is observed and noticeable bubbling.
The Odor offers up smells of whiskey, apple and other fruits I canít put my finger on. The mild smell is surprising, maybe she needs to warm a bit. As I go back I smell cherries and figs. More smells reveal caramel and toffee, this is one complex beast.
That first sip is so smooth that I could swear this beer isnít 12% ABV I get tastes of whiskey, caramel, toffee, apple, cherries, fig. Everything comes together and lays so well.
Bold on the tongue, it chooses to stick to the back of the mouth rather than the front. The carbonation helps mask how thick the beer is.
Overall, this beer is great. Drinkable, smart, complex. The mouthfeel is a little lacking and this is definitely a beer you need to sip.
adamaustin (38) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Vintage. Color is brown and dirty like the Mississippi River. Sweet taste, which I like.
hubcrawler (37) - , Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage that poured dark brown with a reddish-orange tint. Had a reasonable light brown head. Had aromas of caramel, toasted malt, and chocolate. I picked up some strong flavors of fig and chocolate. It also had a whiskey like finish. Great sipping beer but may be a little too figgy. Otherwise, a respectable brew.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. New bottle. too cold. Pours with no head. 13.5%?? Word. Ok, itís warmed up a bit. I am watching the Suns beath the Clippers, drinking this new old stock, and enjoying myself immensely. Smells of dark fruits, green apple, alcohol, redwood. More dark fruits and malt in the mouth. Alcohol is very prominent. Very slight bitterness. I should have saved this one. This beer will age very well. Canít wait to try it in 2010.
ThomW (35) - USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More of a barley wine than an ale. Strong alcohol taste but not bad over-all. Nice dark color.