Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2011 vintage. Pours murky brownish with a quick fading tan head. Aroma is is plums, prunes, raisins, dates, chocolate, caramel, port wine, nutty, vanilla, oak and quite vinous. Flavour is medium sweet, slightly boozy. Medium to full bodied, rather thin texture, average carbonation. Finish is warming alcohol, vinous and lots of dark dried fruits.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found some old ratings on paper from an unknown date... Thanks Mike. Pours to a murky dark brown body with no head. The aroma is strongly English malts. Light apple brandy meets clean grains. The flavor is extremely complex with tons of sweet English malts, nice tobacco, and light brandy. English walnuts. The palate is full of sweet caramelized goodness. Medium full body with a creamy texture.
Benzai (12594) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [from trade with Heyta, thanks!] @ weekly tasting shared with Joes. Nice medium dark red color, average sized quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma is malts, brandy, slightly nuts, raisins, dark fruits, oak, slightly vanilla. Taste malts, loads of brandy again, nuts, raisins, dark fruits, oak and vanilla. It’s all present in the aroma as well as in the flavor. Alcohol in the flavor as well, it’s quite heavy and strong. Sweetish, dark fruit sweetness, definitely an oak touch to it as well. Incredibly tasty!
vyvvy (5467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Brews For New Avenues 2015 - Pours tawny brown with a beige head. The aroma has coconut, brandy, port, caramel, toffee, toast, cream, dark fruit and berries. It has a medium / full rich body with light semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with dry caramel / toffee and dry rye bread. The finish has lots of barrel notes and coconut. Very nice.
ineedbeer (1664) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 500 ml bottle, cellar reserve 2011.
Aroma is malt and booze. Moderate brandy notes with light oak. Quite a bit of dark caramel and toffee with lighter toasted bread and treacle. Moderate raisin, fig and prune.
Pours a very merry, muddy-like, brown with a bit of an auburn hue and a small, thin, 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. Medium light toasted bread notes. Moderate treacle with a hint of chocolate and roast. Medium high bitterness. Some moderately strong notes of raisins, figs, prunes and plums. Medium light brandy and light oak notes. Hints of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and medium to medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty tasty beer, but its also very sweet and slightly boozy. Nice fruit notes that work well to integrate the brandy and malt. Very enjoyable and complex, but also too sweet to enjoy too much of.
AWISLguy (2320) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bomber from Sonoma Cellars, cellar aged 1 year. Had during the Wedding Weekend and shared by all on the wedding night. Reddish brown pour. Nose is big fruits, sweet caramel, light nut. Taste is sweet raisin, big vanilla, nut. Medium to full bodied and boozy. Finishes sweet, fruity, and long. Fairly big fan. 15.7
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011. Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown reddish color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is huge dark fruits, molasses. Flavor is quite boozy, but very smooth. Alcohol burn only in the finish in the chest. Very nice. Thanks Taylor!
JBPortland (1468) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours viscous dark brown with small head. Nose is deep and rich, sweet nutty raisin, lots of tawny port and madeira notes, cocoa and butterscotch. Palate is ultra creamy, viscous, old leathery dark fruit, caramel, vanilla cream, nutty, spice, toast, malt. Finishes sweet with rich sticky maple, caramel, raisin, chocolate, super complex and chewy. So good!
BiiruBierBeer (929) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like heavy alcohol with some caramel malt sweetness. Taste is heavy booze as well but it does have some really nice caramel and toffee flavors in there. Full body, low carbonation, and hot.
UDBeernut (2563) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my cellar, pours the part with a light khaki head. Big sweetness from the brandy, some chocolate. Full body but smooth. Yeah, u got in Billy D.