BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 10/8/12 thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy to murky golden hued body. Massive off-white head for such a big beer. Aromas are vinous, marmalade, dark fruits, leather, rich toffee with mild melanoidins, cotton candy, some dry oak (vanillin and lactone), quite a few esters. Interesting. Flavors are estery, leathery, plums, dark fruits, dates, light marmalade, currant (which I associate with sours), vinous, toasted oak and brown sugar. Very fruit forward. Boozy. Very lively carbonation, medium dry for how big it is (albeit it feels sticky at some moments), warming, low to medium tannin. High carbonation on 10% beer, huge ester, vinous, an rustic funk hints that this might have picked up some critters in the barrel. That said if the bottles stay relatively stable, I could see this actually aging pretty well for about 3-5 years.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brownish pour, light tan head. Flavors are muddled and Im sure this is infected. Lots of rotten fruit, old wood...not really so great.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colored pour with a white head. Smokey nose, some orange, grass, and sweet peaches. Fruity esters, a bit of oak, vanilla, and some sweet malt. The flavor is malty and sweet up front with some caramel and peach notes. Light citrus, oak, vanilla, smoke, and a touch of grass. Kind of highly carbonated.
blutt59 (5685) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, 10-8-12, thick orange color with lasting white foam, aroma is sour woody fruits, flavor is citrus, malty, bright florals, lasting finish
thirdeye11 (4980) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) clear gold, fine white bubbles. Nose of white pepper, herbs, earthy, and light tartness. Taste of pepper, rye, light gold raisins, not sweet. Medium carbonation and slick body. This is an oak aged barley wine?
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to my secret Santa! Pours a hazy amber brown with a large tan head that dissipates to the slowly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of light fruit and a hint of grassiness with a strong sweet grain and oak backbone. Flavor is similar with a grass note up front that finishes with sweet grains, oak and light fruits.
SudsMcDuff (4675) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have enjoyed the small batch series so far ... pours a deep eggplant .. . mild pillow head, lacing is ace .. . chewy .. deep sugar, sweet tar, and deep soft fruit .. . not bad, maybe a bit muddled but tasty for the most part .. . . i’m going as a golf ball for next halloween..
mar (4244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy amber with a cream head. nose is wood, lightly tart, rich malts, dried fruits, and sticky. smooth on the palate, sticky malts, chewy, sweet, wood, and a nice finish.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer pours an ugly brown color with a small head. The aroma has a lot of brown sugar in it, as well as some heavy caramel and toffee malt. The flavor has a good bit of oak and brown sugar, as well as some dark fruit, toffee and caramel. As the beer warms I start to get a butter-like quality as well as some funky brett notes, which may be the early signs of an infection (as has been reported in other reviews).
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy pikapp 327. Pours a fairly clear reddish orange with a hazy color. White head. Aroma is dry wood, wet nose with slight sweetness. Flavor is sweet with some sugar and brown.