Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes! Pours dark brown with bubbly white head. Aroma is dark fruits, slightly acidic, vanilla, alcohol, spicy. Taste is sweet, spicy, sour, hot, thick, wonderful, busy. No lacing. Delicious. This was really amazing. Itís understandably expensive but is worth the price.
TheBeerGod (5686) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged. Vintage 2013. Courtesy of Kevin at Grape and Gourmet. Dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma is boozy and sweet with sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, light oak notes and soft vanilla. Taste caramel, sweet malt, booze, vanilla notes, soft wood and cocoa. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation. Moderate warmth to this and light stickiness. Ends with more caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, cocoa, booze, vanilla notes and light woody notes.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found some old ratings on paper from an unknown date... was probably the 2009 vintage. Thanks Mike. Pours to a very murky brown body with no head. The aroma is strongly English malts and hops. Almost like English walnuts meets a light cigar tobacco. The flavor is strongly English malts with a very light hop and nice bourbon. Tons of caramelization. Creamy medium-full caramel body with a subtle alcohol.
connor0415 (65) - - NOV 7, 2015
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
2013 vintage drank in Nov 2016. Dark amber color, bits of light shine through but otherwise is opaque. The head is an eggshell color, it builds and clings more than expected for such a high abv beer. The head is composed mostly of sherry like notes, caramel and oxidized bourbon. The taste is much the same with some vanilla, oak and milk chocolate added. The carbonation is much more pronounced than expected. Despite the carbonation itís a pretty thick. Great beer, the whiskey flavors accentuate the old ale flavors and the few years of age on the bottle probably enhanced the sweet sherry like notes. Definitely a must try beer, hopefully you can keep one in your cellar for a bit to mature
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Vintage. Draft @ Elizabeth Station. Ugly light brown, very sweet, syrupy mapley, bourbon is strong with this one. The base beer is soft, smooth, not boozy at all because of all the sugars in the finish. Itís a really nice beer, maybe not as brilliant as the scores might suggest. The base beer isnít making the impression on me that I might like.
thomashall (367) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Bvery, thanks buddy. Dark caramel pour with very minimal head. Strong boozy aroma, some toffee and wood as well. Taste follows, nice finish. A little boozy for my liking but still really good.
BVery (8684) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky deep amber pour with a dense off white head. Damn amazing aroma - bourbon, toffee, wood, vanilla. Palate is full yet soft. This is delicious.
ineedbeer (1366) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2009 vintage bottle.
Aroma is full of rich caramel and toffee. Some medium light raisin notes with lighter fig, date and prune. Hints of roast and treacle with some light toasted bread. Light bourbon and oak notes with a hint of vanilla.
Pours a murky brown with an auburn tint and a small, thin, forced, dark tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with quite a bit of caramel and toffee. Some light roast and chocolate notes with a bit of treacle. Medium light bitterness. A touch of oxidation in the form of sherry and cardboard. Light bourbon and oak notes with a bit of alcohol spice. Some lingering treacle and caramel in the finish with the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice barrel aged old ale, up there with the best. Lots of malt character with hints of hops and oxidation. Balanced oak and bourbon. Could use a bit more carbonation perhaps.
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of huge barrel wood, caramel, leather, oak, molasses, malt syrup, liquid malt extract and hints of coconut and bourbon. Pours a crimson brown with lively carbonation. Taste is very carbonated with notes of caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses,tons of nuttiness, tons of oak and toffee. Finishes rather boozy with a big bourbon mouth-feel and warmth.Overall, tons of deep malt complexity plus the bourbon really highlights the base beer. Very oak, caramel and nut forward. Impressive. A rating.
Chalumeaux (567) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer, my 400th rate, for the Ratebeer Camp Extravganza. Pours hazy dark amber with a nice ring of off white foam. Aroma of caramel brown sugar bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very nice, tobacco, charred oak, bourbon, and sweet caramel. Quite the exceptional brew.
WillRunForBeer (1694) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage, 500mL. Pours mahoghany with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Smells really nice. Flavor is brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Nice.