PaulUnwin (86) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking pour, looks like a golden ale, dissapating white head, tastes a lot of strong alcohol which was expected, pear and apple. The oak comes through as well, better as it sits. Overall a good beer, but not great for me.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep gold with nice white head. Aroma of fruit, farmhouse, black pepper and alcohol spice, yeasty. Flavor much the same except more intense then expected. Heavy mouthfill with fizzy carbonation. Overall, excellent brew!
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet peaches and alcohol. The taste is so sweet almost like butterscotch, with some obvious alcohol. Freakin delicious.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this as Grand Cru at Autumn Brew Review. In my opinion, it was EASILY the best strong ale their. Absolutely delicious. You can really tell it’s been aged in barrels for quite some time.
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged under the Grand Cru moniker. Label shows 12.9% ABV. Amber pour with a fizzy white head. Strong fruit notes (canned pears in syrup) in the aroma with candy, soft yeast, light spice and jam. Taste is sweet malt, ripe fruit, candied fruit, soft spice, yeast notes, herbal hops, tropical fruit and oak. Body is medium with a fizzy carbonation and a syrupy feel in spots. Mild sugary stickiness in spots, as well. Ends with more sweet malt, tropical fruit notes, ripe fruit, candy, soft oak and light yeast notes.
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of cookie, pear, pineapple, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and alcohol. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cookie, apple, pear, pineapple and light bourbon with a crisp lingering fruity finish.
michaelinwa (627) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden color. Big, sweet, complex malty aroma. Taste is predominantly sweet, fruity, deep and complex. Alcohol is present but less than you would expect from such a strong beer. Sweet, tangy, malty flavor lingers long after the finish. Likely a good one for the cellar.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. absolutely clear as fuck golden color reminiscent of apple juice but with a nice, frothy white head. Malty nose showing smooshed apple notes, touches of caramelized sugar, and a little booze around the edges. Flavors again have that apple characteristic...malty, somewhat phlegmy in the mouth, flabby, sweet, a bit syrupy, just thick old apple, but with somewhat vibrant carbonation and noticeable alcohol. A bit too sweet and phlegmy for me, maybe a bit too syrupy yet alcoholic too...it’s not terrible, mind you...but it’s not all that enjoyable either.
badgerben (4560) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Autumn Brew Review 2011. Slightly cloudy gold color with a small head. Apple aroma. Very hot alcohol flavor right away. Rummy and generally boozy. Some oak and fruitiness, mainly apple. 6/4/7/3/14
Re-rating, 9/3/2012, 2011 Vintage: Hazy gold with a medium head. Sweet agave aroma with a little oakiness. More agave and grain flavor. Light bourbon and vanilla notes.
joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. Not sure if this is the new release (22nd anniversary?). It pours golden with a white head. The aroma has sweet notes of honeysuckle, oak, and tropical fruit. Very much like a white wine with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is the same with some pear, apple, tropical fruit and a touch of honey with some buttery barrel notes toward the finish. Pretty heavy body.