Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to teku, dark red brown body with a thin light head that dissipates quickly. Nose is sweet Bourbon, raisins, toffee. Taste is a sweet raisiny, caramel, toffee, Bourbony boozy burn. Really smooth.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Haven’t really taken the time to review this, although I’ve had it probably six or seven times before; I usually only open one with company and don’t wanna be rude and review in front of them. This time - the bottle is allll mine!
Pours a nice amber with a fleeting finger of taupe foam - leaving an etched surface. Nose is immaculate - nougat, bourbon, vanilla, fine malt syrup, bits of toffee, some caramalized sugar (near true creme brulee toasting). Flavor is rich and decadent with some maple, bourbon, vanilla, rich malts, some really nice sugars and a caramel flavor. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. I really dig this beer.
Serving type: bottle
UDBeernut (1848) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle from a free beer contest. many thanks to who sent me this, i forget. bottle opens with a pop. pours mahogany amber with little head. raisins, toffee, caramel, vanilla, smokey bourbon, oak all wrapped in a big body with some mild booze burn. awesome.
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, 2009 vintage. Pours a dense very hazy dark ruby red color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a small lacing ring that lingers. Alcohol legs on the glass with no lacing; and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, caramel, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness; with some slight booze. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/bourbon flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic barrel aged old ale. All around great complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Dark brown/copper pour with a small light tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, and caramel. Dark fruits on the palate with toffee notes. This has aged really well! Abv is noticeable at first but as it warms up a bit it mellows out nicely. Great brew!
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle, pours nice reddish brown with khaki fizz, still looking alright after 4 years. Great aroma of sweet lightly roasted barley giving way to big toasted oak and vanilla. The flavor is ridiculous, immediately satisfying. Very smooth grains with a light sweetness that doesn?t show too much heat or lasting susugaryness helped by some caramel flavors and a light accent on dark tree fruits. A great balance brought in by the oak with just a hint of bourbon and lingering rich vanilla and wood character. Still a big beer but extremely well done. Having split a bottle, I just had to cherish my pour. Probably about as good as it will get after 4 years.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. From notes. Boozy witha hint of oak. Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fermented fruits. Awesome .
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage, Brandon’s house, split 3 ways. Thanks, Ryan. Pours deep golden orange. Aroma of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is barleywine, caramel, bourbon, vanilla. I wish I could remember this better at that point in the night, but it was fantastic.
BOSSbrewer (1980) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great. Huge beer. Had at 28 Springs in a bottle. Slight alcohol notes but caramel and malt comes through. Nice.
Lukaduke (2371) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Pours a rich copper brown color with a finger of eggshell foam. Round sweet maple, molasses, toasted vanilla and sticky dates. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety with a drying finish that nicely contrast the soft front end. Big caramel notes on the palate with complex sweetness that creeps from maple waffles to sugar cones and toasted oak. YUM !