fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Matt, corked bottle, vintage 2011
Brown color, small head. The aroma develops positively; it has subtle and great notes of dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, alcohol; light tobacco later; gorgeous. The alcohol is so strong that the body perception is affected; lean malt flavor, moderately sweet, some vanilla, lightly biscuity, a lot of alcohol. Good beer, too boozy though.
Ferris (7011) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Boozy and brandy, a bit of a burn and caramel. Deep copper with no head. Fig, raisin, toffee, raisin and a long sweet brown sugar. Fantastic except for the nose. Decadent and brilliant.
JulienHuxley (4020) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared by Johan at his place, thanks mate. Deep brown chestnut pour with ring of white foam. Aroma is really enticing, tons of sweet malty notes, caramel, light brandy, raisins, super complex. Taste is rich, sweet but never cloying, very well hidden alcohol, super tasty, rich caramel, toasted malt. Palate is full bodied, mouth coating, really comforting warmth. I haven’t appreciated a malty American beer this much in a while, this reminds me how much I loved old stock.
kermis (6551) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared big thanks to MrHangover. Pours dark brown with a ring beige head. Aroma of molasses, leather, raisins, tobacco, wood, overripe dark fruits, fudge and brown sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet but in a great and no way cloying way. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Awesome!
italianjohn (2447) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Amber brown pour with a thin ring of off white head ... Aroma is of booze, raisins, brandy, oak, caramel malts, a bit nutty and roasted malts .... Taste is of brandy, oak, raisins, caramel malts, little nutty, dark berries, some warming booze and a dry bitter bite .... Finish is dry sweet and malty with a lingering brandy and oak .... Brandy really comes through in this complex brew
Ed5388 (2480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml c&c bottle (2011) shared by dmac! Poured a clear dark brownish Amber color with almost no head. Atoma is boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, brandy, oak, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with some dark fruit note, lots of alcohol burn, and some sweet marshmallow in the aftertaste. Solid stuff
BOLTZ7555 (2938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Sparky! World-class, my friend! Dark cherry-cola colored pour with a razor thin khaki head. Thick, syrupy, and sweet but not cloying. Molasses, maple, caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. The brandy comes through but isn’t overly aggressive. A little warmth in the belly but not a burn. Extremely well crafted, complex, and delicious! Had been waiting for this one for a while and glad to have tried it!
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"2005 bottle, 2007 release, brought out of the cellar. The brandy version held up quite well. While not quite as awesome as the newer bourbon release, it beat the same vintage bourbon edition head to head. Low carbonation the only drawback, and maybe the aroma had faded a touch, but the flavor was exuisite! Plums, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and ample brandy. Goes down smooth and warm.
dmac (4542) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml c&c bottle from Jonathan Ron Rio Grande. Poured a syrupy deep brown with a smaller bubbly beige head that quickly and totally fades. Aroma is great with lots of brandy, barrel, caramel, molasses, burnt sugars and some alcohol. Syrupy body, average carbonation, decent alcohol heat, nice. Flavor is brandy, caramel, molassess, touch of toffee, burnt sugars, barrel, vanilla extract. Great stuff.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap and bottle several times, simply amazing! Pours with green hues fromthe oak, fast fading head, good carb. Big aromas and even bigger taste, drinks way too easy for the abv. Beyond beer.