Strykzone (6176) - 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 (10367) - 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 (2608) - 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 (9100) - 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 Andy’s 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.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22, capped and foiled. Pours an opaque dark mahogany brown. Big dense creamy tan head that doesn’t stick around very long at all. Big sweet caramel and bourbon nose along with some vanilla and toffee. Creamy thick body, almost sticky but not quite. Dense caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the mid palate. Sweet and explosively flavored. Very good, and bound to be quite popular.
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2009 Total Score: 4.1
22. Thanks, BVC! What an absolutely awesome beer. Pours black with bright mahogany highlights. Headless, laceless. It looks sticky just sitting there. Gargantuan bourbony nose. Thick, sticky body. Peaty, smokey, caramel, fig, and raisin on the mid-palate. Complex and delectable. Vanilla and bourbon showing as well. Another triumph for Pelican.
drfabulous (5866) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011. Big black beer with head that pours and then vanishes. Coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. Big body. Nice.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 Vintage opened by my friend Anthony.
While the nose seems about right, there is this unshakable smell of dry dogfood on the nose... as it warms up the alcohol comes through on the nose as well. Otherwise appearance is a dark caramel brown with good carbonation.
Taste is very solid, reminiscent of the 2010, although the heat becomes very apparent as it warms up. This affects the mouthfeel some.
Overall, a great beer, although that weird grainy dogfood smell kind of puts a damper on it. Did not recall this from the 2010 batch at all.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, out of my Maudite glass. Pours clear cola black, with a copper hue. Thin pale tan head, very short-lived, no lacing to speak of. Carbonation appears to be very soft. Nose is sweet bourbon, sweet plug tobacco, soft candied fruit, almost like mincemeat, some fruitcake, nice smokiness throughout; Flavours of cocoa, tar, vanilla/bourbon, nice smoke, carbonation is soft, as I had expected, but I can’t imagine this being any more carbonated than it already is: it feels like that would be a distraction. Lovely, lovely, stuff.