jkwood04 (4301) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle in a tulip, on a Tuesday, got your girl in the cut and she choosy. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma strong of bourbon, caramel and toffee and light nuttiness, hints of vanilla and oak, very light alcohol notes, and some bitterness from the hops. Flavor the same with a great blend. Smooth texture. A really good beer.
Salmoniform (1136) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured 2014 from tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is toffee, plum, caramel, raisins, vanilla, wood. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a balanced bitterness following and warming ethanol finish. Overall this is a fantastic brew.
wchesser (1298) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
’11 bottle from westmeister enjoyed Christmas ’14. Long time want here-thanks, West! Deep caramel brown color. Nose of rich bourbon, barrel, and light oxidation. Slightly burnt caramel, toffee, tobacco, dark wildflower honey, some oxidation, sweet barrel elements. Great, edges out Blighs for me mainly on the palate and mouthfeel.
Dodgrblu (642) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared by Timfoolery, lots of barrel, sweet, golden brown.
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devman171 (1119) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage, pours a murky brown with almost no head. Aroma is rich sweet malt and oak and bourbon. taste is big bourbon barrel presence with tons of toasted malts, really big beer, tons of booze
jsnicholas (297) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz $22). 2014 vintage. Dark ruby brown. One finger tan head which quickly disappears. Taste is quite sweet with bourbon. Too sweet for my liking.
ineedbeer (966) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 2012 vintage 22 oz bottle.
Aroma had a medium light bourbon character. Moderate raisin and dark fruit notes with lighter toffee and caramel notes. Light toast character with hints of smoke. Light alcohol spice and light cardboard oxidation. Hints of soy sauce.
Pours a dark, murky, brown with some amber hues and a moderately sized, somewhat thin, mocha head with average retention that lingers on the edges. Light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with moderate toffee and caramel notes. Lighter roast and faint smoke with light chocolate. Moderate to moderately strong raisin, prune and dark fruit. Light bourbon and alcohol spice. Medium cardboard oxidation with light soy sauce.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low also warmth.
Overall, this beer has not aged well. The dark fruit and oxidation are showing through and not helping this beer at all. Nice dark fruit and bourbon notes though.
luttonm (2771) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwer’s. Jet black, small gorgeous white ring. soft oaky chocolate, subdued hops. Rich deep chocolate, some espresso. Crisp and clean, all told. Toasty grain, oatmeal. Really tasty, I’d love to try this again soon.
gad905 (197) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Clear ruby amber brown, cream to tan head that dies. Massive toffee caramel bourbon nose, loads of figs and dates, plus some hot booze. Starts hugely sweet, layers of caramel and toffee and more rich fruit, then dries out a bit with oak, tobacco, spice, and some hop bitterness. Sticky and thick, soft carb. Very nice, though I think another year or 2 to dry it out and it would’ve been better.
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, cellared for a year at ambient basement temps. Served chilled in a Spiegelau snifter. Dark reddish, nearly brown with a one fingered head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark caramel, toffee and booze. Taste is caramelized turbinado sugar, non-distinct booze, subtle prunes, maybe a touch of oak. There doesn’t seem to be an excess of bourbon notes, but a general booziness that could detract from the other flavors. A bit too sweet. Quite honestly, I could see this being a much more interesting beer after 5 years, the oxidation will hopefully add some depth to the flavor, tame the booziness (which is not over the top by any means) and unaccentuate the sweetness. Right now it is just not that interesting. I would like to try the un-BA version, Stormwatchers Winterfest.