SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Steve and co, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks, Armin! Brown appearance with a light brown head. Oaky, mild piney hoppy, caramel, toffee, fig aroma. Somewhat piney hoppy, caramel malty, toffee, oaky flavor. Pretty good brew.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed brown body and a small, off-white head. Aromas are very peppery and spicy (oak and alcohol), rye, bourbon, peanut shells. Plenty of alcohol and a light caramelized maltiness. Heavy on the barrel. Flavors are spicy oak, boozy. Quite dry, light caramel and dark fruits. Not very bitter but incredibly spicy and a bit tannic. Medium bubbles and very warming.
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stoke. This is as fantastic as hoped. Big brown pour, light tanned head. Aroma is thick with bourbon, heavy vanilla, hints of tobacco, and minor chocolate. The flavor that come off this incredibly balanced beauty are quite full in the departments of coffee, cherries, burnt oak, multiple types of chocolate, and this beautiful long bourboned vanilla finish. Almost like ice cream...goddamn this is good.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy muddy copper – brown with thin white head. The aroma has wood like notes, booze, spicy wood, maybe some spicy rye too and a nice sweet earthy fig like sensation. The taste is yummy with a big load of blunted pine hops followed by a bit of citrus and then molasses, wood and some vanilla. It comes across boozy too but right to style. Yummy and it comes together very well.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a rust orange no head.
Aroma: Huge alcohol along with danky peach and apricot.
Taste: Big bitter aggressive hops, hot bourbon and sweet malt. Finishes hot.
Mouth. Hot, sticky full body. Modestly carbonated.
Overall: I believe this beer needs to lay down for a minimum of a year to chill out. I get it now....Hellshire. There was so much going on, it hid the barrel character, or at least it pummeled my palate to the point I couldn’t notice much.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dak’s Cantillon Tasting. This one missed, both in theme of the tasting and beer style. 24 karat with a bit of rusty penny at its core. Head diminishes quite quickly. Flavor and aroma of caramel, alcohol, toffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood. Not a ton of complexity here...somewhat flat. Thought about trading heavily for this but decided against it...happy with that call.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big thanks to heyta for getting this bottle out to me shortly after the release. Served in a SAVOR snifter as part of last night’s barrel-aged barleywine tasting.
Poured a clear golden-copper color with a small off-white head and some sparse lacing.
The nose brought forward quite a bit of straight grain, highly reminiscent of freshly-cracked pilsner malt. Mild bourbon and oxidation there as well. Fairly boozy, too. Flavor was equally unimpressive with strong grain and booze plus some harsh tannins. Only a mild bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and chewy. Quite boozy, though this is the first place the bourbon has a positive effect on the beer. Dry finish.
Not impressed with this at all. I was holding out hope that it’d surprise me, but a letdown even from my already-low expectations.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle shared at Dak’s 5000 tasting). Pours a cloudy copper with thin off-white head.. Aroma has lots of wood, booze, caramel and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with some whiskey. Its still quite hot. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. OK, but I didn’t love it and there were so many great beers that day.
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany pour, white head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, booze, maple. Damn good stuff! sweet flavor, nice maple, light hops, candi sugar, honey...fuck yes!
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DA. Cloudy copper pour with bubbly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and spicy black pepper. Taste is very similar with a bitter astringent taste that lingers. Low to med carbonation.