crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace.
The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness.
The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa.
I don’t think it was executed the way it could have been.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light peat, honey, caramel malt. Flavor is oaky, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Nice!
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Hazy brown ale with a small, flimsy, off-white head. The aroma provides lush caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and a gentle, delicious splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel and mocha flanked by adequate hop bitterness, woody tannins and subtle sourmash whiskey. Sweet, warming finish. Bottle courtesy of drowland. Thanks, Danny!
rosenbergh (10625) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. From a trade with Rosebud butternuts. Thanks a lot Eric!
Dark brown almost black colour with a small frothy light tan head.
Berries, mild sourness, liquorice, mild maltiness and some whiskey sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is much easier than the complex aroma. Toasted malt, berries, mild sourness, some whiskey sweetness, woody dryness and mild hops in the aroma.
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothty tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with chocolate and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and coffee and chocolate with a nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good English strong ale from Rahr.
JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small yellow rim; virtually black beer. Bourbon, vanilla and moccha; sweet chocolate as alcoholic pralines (Belgian chocolates). Petit Beurre cookies; demure, bit of moccha and diluted chocolatedrink. Warming up, the coffee and chocolate flavours increase in strength. Lighter than expected, still very slick. Some alcoholwarming. Rather disappointing flavour, especially after the promising nose. Many thanks to Dirk!
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from a buddy in Texas- thanks, Brian! Pours an opaque amber-brown color with a small, initially frothy tan head that settles into a small ring and film. Aroma of caramel, wood, earth, nuts, raisins, dark malts, and a little bit of peppery spice. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, nuts, earth, vanilla, dates, raisins, brown sugar, wood, and a splash of coffee. Light-medium-bodied, with a roasty, earthy mouthfeel and some sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation. Solid bourbon barrel ale that could stand more body and more bourbon barrel pop.
KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting.
Bourbon and caramel nose, fruity. Muddy brown appearance. Flavor is sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Rich, tasty, tangy, with a bitter finish. Too much barrel.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11
Brune foncée, mousse est fine beige.
Au nez, qcq légères notes de bourbon, malt et caramel, au palais le bourbon et la vanille prennent un peu une place arrière où le tout se mélange avec la malt grillé et des notes de fruits.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with red, off white head. Aroma has notes of candied plums, raisins, some ash, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, touch of bourbon, some nice dark fruit, ash and a touch of roast. Very nice, complex brew.