thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bourbon barrel aged cork & caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated hazy brown colored body and a oily lacing. The strong aroma was vinous alcohol and bourbon. The aromaís strong alcohol content took my breath away. he semi-flat mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The overwhelmingly vinous flavor contained notes of old ale vinous alcohol and malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
mnoud (212) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012.12.26 - 500ml bottle of 2009 in small goblet. I really enjoy regular Old Stock Ale, so this was kind of a no brainer and I bought 3 bottles knowing one would cellar and one would be tasted almost immediately. Pours a mid-opaque raisin-y, caramel-y medium tan. Little head despite having reasonable carbonation. A mild ring is fed by bubbles from the bottom. Aroma is sweet candied fruit, plum/raisin/date sort of starchy sweetness. Taste follows that, adds a bit of alcohol warmth, but not much given 13%+ abv. A bit vanilla, a bit bourbon. It's surprisingly, dangerously smooth. Mouthfeel is slick and a bit creamy. Really good stuff. Hard to imagine this aging anything less than very well. Quintessential yummy high alcohol long term storage bang-for-buck old ale / barley wine, down to the bottle design. I'll be grabbing more of these.
HighWine (836) - Whalesbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage in the gray ceramic bottle served in a snifter. Dark brown cola pour. Surprising amount of carbonation for the age under a cork. An off white head fades quickly but a gentle swirl brings the dense, consistent foam top right back for a moment. Aroma is maple, oak, and bourbon. Itís got the same aroma as Utopias or Triple Bock. I had this in 2009 upon the release audit was a luxurious, boozy, elixir. This is still good but Iím sad to say that at this age itís lost a lot of the body and sweetness I recall from before. The flavor is more oak than beer and the palate is very thin. Alcohol heat remains but this drinks much more like a whiskey than a beer. I wish I had opened this one sooner.
phredrik (986) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Pours deep brown with no head. Aroma is heavy bourbon with a lot of vanilla and woody notes. Dried figs, caramel, cake, prunes within, as well as an alcohol presence. Taste is massive - huge maltiness combined with a huge bourbon presence. We got dried fruits, muscavado sugar, cake crust, some sharp alcohol in combination with the bourbon notes - vanilla, oak and a hint of coconut. The alcohol is necessary in a beer this strong, and it is actually quite balanced. Very nice!
MadIndian (2110) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you SJ for this one. Best beer of the week.
An amazing aroma of caramel, oak, with a dark fruit ester. Flavor was burnt malts, raisin, caramel malts, wood, vanilla and nuts. It had a perfect blend and the bourbon warmed as it went down.
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
23/11/12 - 50cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2012-1303) Thanks to otakuden for the trade!
Clear red brown beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, amazing! Lots of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sweet, fudge, milk chocolate. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty sweet start, caramel, fudge, chocolate, (yoghurt covered) raisins, vanilla, some alcohol. Aftertaste: chocolate, fudge, caramel, bit sweet.
jbeatty (501) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, 12/3/2012. Pours rich chestnut brown, thin fizzy head fades within a minute or so, light ring of lacing. Aroma is decidedly barrel dominated, but wonderfully done: vanilla caramel bread pudding, fruity raisin malt character, dosed with chocolate, smooth bourbon and wood. Alcohol not noticeable. Taste of subtle dark fruits, brown sugar caramel, big vanilla and toffee, bourbon notes in a woody, nutty dry finish. Medium thick palate, remains smooth and drinkable despite the ABV. Wow, quite nice, much better with a few years of age than at release.
AirForceHops (1846) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 2009 vintage. @ Novare Res. this beer is so comes in both nose and taste it is silly. Not kidding. Ridiculous! Nose is dark fruit, raisins, candy sugar, vanilla oak. Every time I smell and taste this ;I get a different variety of flavors and aromaís. Texture is vinous, kind of like a flat cognac. Hennessy like in texture. This is magic in a bottle. Changes with each sip. Complexity is off the chain here, (not to sound like an old thug) But truly amazing on every level.
boxofrane (1170) - pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with no head. The aroma Is bourbon as can be with some malt sweetness in the distance. The taste is very bourbon forward with some sweet malt in the distance.
rlgk (7440) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Deep amber beer with a nice small but lasting beige head. Aroma from toffee, almonds, prunes, vanilla, biscuits, hazelnuts, warming alcohol, cream, figs, raisins, woody, whisky, dades, caramel, fudge, toffee notes. Malty flavor, quite a lot of warming alcohol, almonds, whisky, vanilla, figs, raisins, woody, fudge, caramel, dades, hazelnuts, prunes. Finish brings warming alcohol, fudge, caramel, almonds, figs and raisins. Very good!