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 (9058) - 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 (4466) - 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 (6560) - 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 (10445) - 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 (2750) - 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 (9549) - 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.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, no head. The bourbon aroma is very strong. With a small amount of chocolate. Very tasty, full and fruity with that classic barley wine flavour accented with strong bourbon flavour. A little boozey. But, very good.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage poured from a bottle thanks to Ian for bringing this beer. Dark brown in color with a wispy off white head. Aromas of bourbon and toffee. Pretty smooth in your mouth. Flavors start out with oak, caramel, roasted malt. The alcohol is quite up front with some burn. Next the flavors get a bit harsh with a different bite in the back of the palette. The finish is more of the same. Maybe this will get better in a year or two. Not too impressed with this beer.