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.
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle out of a Brooklyn glass. Dark amber clear color with a short lived head. Smell: sweet fruits, bread, caramelized sugar. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, fruits, with a spicy/alcoholic mouthfeel. Iíd like to try an older bottle of this in the future.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Poured a dark red. This was a tongue slapper. Very strong but I love it with its bourbon taste.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, a great winter warmer. Have a half case (2005) aging to compare with 2006 vintage. A classic, beer grasps you, rich with all kinds of flavors, sip and enjoy!
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells of fresh molasses with looks like watered down coke. Lacks lacing but the palate is good. Nice balance. Taste is amazing. Alcohol is warming. Wonderful finish of dessert like candy.
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.