HighWine (951) - 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. It’s 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 I’m sad to say that at this age it’s 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.
dlovell2 (720) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Murky brown color with tan head. Aroma is molasses, dried figs, oak, and whiskey. Flavor is malty with molasses and figs. Some nice oak flavors in the middle with caramel and brown sugar flavors and finishing with a whiskey booziness.
Maxbier (200) - Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with thin head. Vanilla oak molasses and booze aroma. Slightly sticky sweet molasses and dried fruit flavors. Five years has made this barlt wine very smooth, still has enough carbonation. A very nice treat from the wife.
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 version. Ruby brown, initial pale head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruits, hint of marshmallow and vanilla. Medium bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Flavours are raisins, dates, prunes, figs, brown sugar, marshmallow. Delicious
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG14 Grand Tasting - Pours tawny brown with an off-white head. The aroma has caramel, bourbon, toffee and rich malt. It has a full rich body with light carbonation. It starts off with caramel, booze, berries, rich malt and barrel notes. The finish adds a lot of vanilla and bourbon. Nice and has held up well.
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber with no head. Malty syrupy sweet aroma. Maple notes with a clear boziness that lingers.
vtafro (3216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Bourbon, sweet aromas. Flavor is sweet malt, bourbon and oak tones.
brystmar (1234) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 and 2009 opened beside each other. Caramelized malts, melted sugars mixed with bourbon, mild boozy profile massages my throat after I swallow. Bit more bourbon in the '05 than the '09, yet both are excellent. I dig.
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl, at 13.16%Vol, as Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009 ’Aged in Bourbon Barrels’, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, very complex brew, alcoholic/woody and slightly sweet/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!, "Less heavy than the Brandy edition, this sample aged very well!"
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours ruby red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Flavor was slightly sweet with caramel, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and had a nice dry warming alcohol finish. Medium body, light carbonation, syrupy texture.
olr1984 (1058) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle pours a hazy brown with a tan head. Big caramel and bourbon oak aroma. Bourbon vanilla syrup and sweet malt taste.