HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, 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.
crajun (1047) - , 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 (829) - 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. Thereís 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 (605) - 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.
barn0216 (483) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Steins in mountain view. Thick, caramel color, creamy foam. Caramel milk chocolate, figs in the nose, not super distinguished though. A little hot on the tongue but very little relative to the ABV. Flavor is as described above but a roast bitterness commiserates with bourbon alcohol. Tad dry. Really great.
Zymurgeist2 (1212) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 at Steinís 2nd Anniversary! Dark fruit, molasses and alcohol combine smoothly on the nose. Rustic hazy brown with white head. Complex fruit and layers of malt - molasses, bread, dough. Alcohil is hidden behind the flavor but crept in as it warmed. Smooth sherry finish that is moderately dry for the alcohol. Wonderful.
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Smells like vanilla and caramel with bourbon. Taste with layers of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and smokey oak. Delicious all around beer, gets better as it warms, definitely a sipper.
umich03jm (2503) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a small head that bubbles away to nothing quickly. Rich, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Big, boozy bourbon taste makes this a sipper. Big burnt caramel and toffee sweetness helps to balance. More oak as it warms. Medium to full body. Great sipper but I enjoyed the brandy one more.
jsnicholas (327) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500ml $25): 2013: Brown with thin tan head. Aroma of whisket and sweetness. Taste is sweet caramel and whiskey with some warming. Great sipper
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle thanks to Adam! Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is apple skin, caramel, bourbon, and butterscotch. Slick mouthfeel, nice bourbon, vanilla, candy sugar, wood, lingering sweetness, really enjoyed this one.