maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer really showcases honey and bourbon welli can see why it is rated so highly. Nose shows heavy bourbon with typical underlying vanilla and light molasses. You can sniff the honey out quite easily. Heavy on bitter chocolate. Taste is the right balance between chocolate, honey and bourbon. Bitterness and sweetness are both in check. Flows quite well. Booze is there with you. A touch grainy in the mouth feel but goes down fine with the shift carbonation. Really quite easy to drink with a sinister side to. It dies have that intensity I've cone to expect from bourbon barrelled beers. Good effort
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tmongoose (1092) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft..poured deep black with big brown head in tulip glass. the aroma was fantastic. lots of dark roasted malts, woody and alcohol. the flavor is more of the same just more intense. the malts and woody flavors mixed with hops and alcohol blend so well together. didnt get any of the honey but the sweetness undertones are well pronounced as well. another beer for the cellar.
Jesterdeal (1659) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of smokey coffee, molasses and brown sugar. Pours black and thick with a lot of head. Taste is super sweet with chocolate caramel shining through. Liked this a lot.
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Black, moderate brownish head, frothy, decent lacing. Soft bourbon and sweet roasted malts on the nose. Oh lordy, smooth rich roasted malts, heavy, with a soft layer of bourbon, coconut, and vanilla immediately after. Robust, yet very smooth. I was expecting more biting bitterness and heat, but its very subdued. Drinks very easy. As it warms the barrel aging takes over a bit. This is a warming example. Lingering graham cracker on the exit. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. Not real rich, but enough to prevent me from having to sip this one. Still has some legs on it, feels a bit green despite being smooth. Another year or two on this and I bet it would be sublime.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours coal black with a small, creamy, beige head. The bouquet furnishes a medley of dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and coconut. Mega full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of pouch tobacco, vanilla and molasses overlying a gentle nuance of toasted oak. Warming, chocolaty-sweet finish. A huge thanks goes out to Elliesbrown for shipping this beauty my way!
AdamJackson (2105) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours midnight black. Not very viscous in appearance. 1 finger coffee head faded fast. Smells like Damon. Very heavy on the vanilla, charred oak and bourbon notes. Hint of chocolate. Taste very sweet. Lots and lots of bourbon. Almost too much. The chocolate cookie dough taste is great with some espresso bean dry finish.
dphoxie (115) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
picked up this bottle at bestway after hearing much ado about it. i don’t think it really lived up to the hype, but it was delicious.aroma is sweet, and the wood aging is evident. i even think i can smell the honey. taste is sweet as well, very light roast flavors. lots of bourbon vanilla and honey. the palate is super slick, and sort of light at the same time. overall it was very good, but i felt the sweetness was a little out of balance. i guess i was expecting more robust roast and hops. good beer, drink it if you find it.
stangger (582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Triangle wine in Southern Pines, NC, at the low-low price of $17. Jet-black pour with a ruby ring, minimal carbonation. The oak and bourbon is overpowering in the aroma, leaving little for anything else. A hint of chocolate, tons of alcohol, bourbon infused with an oaky aftertaste. Some dryness in the finish. It’s quite good as long as you’re in a seriously high gravity mood. One of the strongest beers I’ve ever had. I think the 10% is more of an approximation, +/- another 10%.
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 2012. Smells boozy with subtle honey and some roasty malts. Less refined and hotter than the 1414 which was opened immediately prior. Still a well-balanced BA RIS that integrates the barrel well with the overall stout flavors. Regardless, it simply cannot hold a candle to the first batch (2010), which is a much more complete beer start to finish and significantly better overall.
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at busy bee. Wow. Amazing. Rich and creamy. Dark and amazing looking lacing. This is an amazingly rich beer. The bourbon is nice. I love it.
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