SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
been wanting to try this for years! just wish it wasnít at the ass end of an old ale tasting .. . deep brown .. light head, medium lacing .. . caramel, toffee, and light wood soaked bourbon barrel .. . light stickiness, coats the coat nicely .. . enjoyable experience and a humdinger to end a good day! .. . . Wipe out all thought? My God! Theyíre like flying televisions!
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, generously traded by Savvy1982 and shared with Parksy and Gripp. Pours a lustrous deep chocolate brown with a dense, finely bubbled golden brown head. Aroma is rich and full of promise: caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and hops, but more than that, evoking creme brŻlťe, and date cake with bourbon sauce and creme fresh. Beautiful flavour structure, high intensity, thick and chewy; sponge toffee, burnt marshmallow, chocolate, oaky vanilla, dates, ill-defined spices or perhaps just the suggestion thereof, and an assertive bitterness that has coniferous and citrus pith qualities. This beer is enormous, but carries itself elegantly. For me this was close to perfection in itís balance, flavour profile, and itís adept use of barrel aging to compliment the underlying beer. Iím probably in the minority amongst Ratebeerians in that I am not tired of barrel aging beers, and this brew is an example of why-- when done well, it can elevate the end product to become something extraordinary. I know the product monograph describes this as an English style BW, but to me it exemplifies the best in American craftsmanship, taking every component of an established style, elevating them and combining them in such a way as to give new life and fresh awareness to an old favourite. Exquisite.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice color and has a very sweet smell. The bourbon is very present and almost unbalanced.
Taste is huge bourbon barrel goodness. Caramel and tannin notes mixed with some toffee. Very sweet but the alcohol is rather pronounced. I think age will do this one well, still a fantastic beer for the style and one to break out for a special occasion.
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 I remember this being much better in 2009. Usually when itís been 2-3 years between tastes, and my impressions of the two are so different, I chalk it up to a combination of changing taste and worsened brewing (pretty common with the amount of expansion going on these days). this time, however, I remember the Perfect Storm from 2009 as vividly as if I had had it yesterday. so I can say this with more confidence than I normally have: 2011 is off, in a big way. so big, I struggle reading through recent comments. so itís caramel-heavy and boozy, itís always been like that, and always worked well as what it is, but this batch is off. the lactic acid is so bad, itís basically like curdled milk in a baileys and irish whiskey drink with a small touch of reduced raisin sugar syrup. to go with this unnecessarily strong acidity is a spice cabinet and nesquick powder character thatís completely off-putting. rather than being complex itís just complicated, and though I stop short of calling it a mess, and can see what it should be, and what it once was, this release is so acidic, metallic, bloody AND boozy, I honestly canít believe the brewers let this one out without knowing it had turned. sadly, hereís my 2009 rating, summed up: "soft peppermint, forward and boozy alcohol, hot, brash, rich, decadent, chewy, maple syrup, cake-like caramel malt, sweetened vanilla extract".
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle Reviewed 2010 - The Perfect Storm pours a deep opaque amber. At first a slight bit of head was poured but quickly became what you see in the picture. No lacing, no head. A flat beer. Which for this kind of beer is just fine with me. The smell on this beer just blew me away. I sat there for a good 5 minutes just smelling this beer. If you love bourbon, well then youíre in luck. It blasts the nose and is the biggest smell youíll get from this beer. I havenít had a beer with some much bourbon or oak in the nose. Just fantastic. While the bourbon is the star by far, other fantastic aromas attack the nostrils. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. It gives a very sweet aroma mixed in their with the bourbon. Like I said above itís very hard explaining just how fantastic and complex the smell is.
Sometimes the smell of a beer is more impressive then itís taste. Not here folks. Itís on par with the smell. Friggin fantastic. Once again the bourbon is just up front and kicking you in the teeth. Only beer I can think of that comes close to having this amount of bourbon might be Bourbon aged Angels Share but not even that really holds a candle to the amount in this beer. Some of you might think that itís a bad thing and that the bourbon might get in the way of everything else. Nope. Because while the bourbon is really big (and damn tasty I might add) everything else is big and mixes in their perfect. The caramel and toffee add a really nice backbone to the beer. Mixed in with the dark fruity flavor itís just amazing. I also picked up a little bit of vanilla and chocolate in the aftertaste. So much going on.
Last but not least, the mouthfeel. Itís just as amazing as the taste and smell. Full bodied. No carbonation. Syrupy and sticky.
AdamChandler (4517) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"A friend brought this to a tasting event tonight! I enjoyed it from a snifter at room temperature. I also let it breathe for a bit in the glass before taking notes.
A - Half finger head which goes away quickly. Amber / Brown is what Iíd describe the color. Looks like a fine whiskey or bourbon with some carbonation thrown in there.
S - You can smell this thing from 6 feet away. The smell is strong and overtakes you. Iím getting Brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon.
T - Bourbon with a lot of sugar. TONS of alcohol and astringent notes.
M - Itís a very lingering beer. If you like the taste, good but if you donít, this beer sticks with you for a while and comes back for more even after youíve had some water.
O - I wanted to love this beer. The high ABV is great but in a bottle so large, you have to share it with friends. Iíd like to see how this beer holds up after another year or two. Thereís just so much heat to it, the taste is almost a put off like itís overwhelming and unforgiving and just in your face."
Strykzone (6717) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A clear dark brown pour. The nose is delicious with fruit being dominant. It tastes so malty and fruity. Some chocolate. This is just wonderful.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Bottle courtesy of Armin. 2011 bottle. Thanks Armin. Deep red brown appearance with a small tan head. Fuck yeah! Rich caramel malty, big whiskey (with minor booze), large vanilla, very nice toffee aroma. Flavor is very rich with lots of caramel, lots of toffee, big vanilla, oak, and plenty of smooth whiskey. Fuck yeah. For 13.5%, this baby is smooth as hell. This is excellent! Thanks ARMIN!
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade from Sournotes, thanks man. Vintage 2010. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is raisins, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel, oak, bourbon. Flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, sweet, sugar, oak, bourbon.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Paul at Andyís New Years Eve party/tasting/Fluxx tournament. Pours a clear deep brown with a thin white head. Big chocolate, a touch of roast, malt, caramel. Sweet, caramel, lots of earthiness. Warming booze, caramel and toffee. Long caramel and roast. Lingering molasses and brown sugar.