maxifunk777 (27) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another very good beer by north coast but 2011 in brandy barrels was such a great beer that it just couldn’t live up to that standard buy enjoy and repeat.
mfrato (110) - - MAY 30, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect beer. Pours a dark reddish bordering on a brown porter, heavy white lacing makes it. Aroma is strong cocoa, vanilla and bourbon, with some sweetness. Flavor is out of this world. Seriously can not describe how good this beer is. Here is my poor attempt. Up front is cocoa, and some coffee, this continues through the middle and mingle with incredibly smooth bourbon and caramel flavors. The finish is definitely bourbon with an amazing uptick and just the right amount of bitterness to not be too sweet. Honestly, I would drink this beer every single day if I could. Palate lingers nicely, and fades into happiness.
hackobock (2295) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
May 22, 2015. Bottle, at home received in a trade with rfraga7, thanks! Vintage 2009.
Deep brownish red with a medium sized, quicjly dissipating, off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, figs, raisins, vanilla, light oak notes. Taste is medium sweet toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, alcohol, medium bitter, very slight oxidized. Finish is quite bitter with warming alcohol together with sweet vanilla, toffee and bourbon. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation, a bit thinner and more carbonation then expected.
stoutnick (778) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 reserve bottle. Appearance is deep brown caramel. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is brown sugar, oak, vanilla, toasty then dry finish. Good but much prefer brandy barrel sweetness and even the base beer over this.
Experiment_Ale (1090) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco with Taylor. allies brown murky. Aroma is fit raison sticky sweetness. Taste is thick charred caramel, raison fig. Really nice smooth fireside sipper.
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 sampled back-to-back with a 2011 Brandy which I found to be even better. Not that this one’s bad! Lots of caramel, dark fruit and no shortage of bourbon.
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 purchased in 04/15 and dranked. I think I paid a stupid amount for this, but it was dammm good. aroma is layered caramel, but also oakey bourbon is in there. whiskey looking pour. 5 for palate - not sludgy thick, but solid. Taste is great. caramel, figs, some brown sugars and a good alcohol burn finish. liked this better colder as it warms the alcohol would over power.
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Appearance is muddy brown with white head. Wonderful aroma of dates, caramel, oak, and bourbon. Taste is light oak, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, and some oxidized cardboard taste. Medium bodied and carbonation, surprisngly smooth finish. Overall this is pretty tasty, that being said I think I waited a bit too long on this one as some oxidation is seeping in, still good though.
LiquorHound (25) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted the 2013 CR on 4-8-2015
Color - Brownish with a red hues.
Nose - Incredible. The perfect balanced aroma of a great Ale and Stout, with rich dark fruits, cocoa, toasted coconut, and oak.
Taste - Medium body with still a lovely carbonation. Not very boozy feeling at 14.1% and the bitterness I found on the regular OSA is gone. There’s a ton of dried fruits up front (raisins, prunes and dried figs), with chocolate and a hint of toasted coconut at the mid palate and rum soaked oak chips on the finish as well as a lightly buttered toast to chew on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bricktop86 (660) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 pours reddish brown with a cream colored head. Aroma of brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruits and tobacco. Taste follows nose.