PotjeBier (1019) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another almost 4 year old bottle. Next to American Oak & Acacia. Golden to amber color, clear. No head. Aroma’s: herbal, lychee, with biscuit & caramel and some sour fruit retronasal. Flavor is light bitter, somewhat acidic, biscuity, caramel. Low carb, drinks very easyly. Medium bodied. Finishes somewhat acidic, light to medium bitter. Not that different from the American Oak & Aciacia, just lacking the woodnotes.
Kinz (3023) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 19th. Medium brown, aroma caramel, yeastiness. Fruity flavor, some apricot. Wouldn’t have gotten oak if it wasn’t written all over the label. Although it scored the same as the Reference, I think I liked this one a touch better, although I can’t put my finger on why.
obguthr (3234) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peanut hull and subtle whole orange nose. Cloudy amber, thin head, fine floaties. Hot. Oak and peanut hull flavor. Overripe orange base.
Butters (3356) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Same pour as the base, but with perhaps a little larger. Almost identical to the base in every way. Maybe just a little more muted, and a little soft on the aroma and flavor. Ever so slight, more fruitiness. I prefered the base to this.
tia (805) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RG 19. Bottle. Light brown with foaming tan head that dissipated and light lacing. Smells of vanilla and caramel and maybe a little fruitiness. Syrupy sweet then hoppy. Finishes dry and bitter.
Drake (6594) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by maniac at the 19th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma of toasted malts, raisin, oak, caramel, vanilla, floral hops. The taste is citrus hops, mild oak, raisin and toffee. Medium bodied. Solid beer.
HopTsing (363) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle poured a light brown brew with a thick head. Malty aroma. Heavy bodied with malty flavor with a nice hop presence and a little oak.
travita (3114) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is apples, more fruits, alcohol, and caramel. the look is golden in color, clear, and has a white head. The taste is sweet, wood, caramel, and fruits.
dEnk (2681) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ cellar cleaning. Aroma is malty bready wood, molasses, sharp spicy note. Flavour is wood, quite spicy, strong oaky bitterness, lingering roast. Old bottle, but still a nice beer.
Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle
By the time I found this in the cellar it had turned into more of a barleywine. Regardless this is a fine beer. Am I likely to try the rest of the series? Probably not at $12.99 a bottle though I know why it costs so much.
Aroma / Appearance - Rusty copper with a reddish hue the creamy white head floats on top like wave caps. White grape juice spilled over the floor of a carpentry shop brightens the air. Due to time the hops have mellowed but still provide some punch.
Flavor / Palate - Dry oak and white grape juice mix with a finish of watered down sherry. Alcoholic warmth radiates after a while providing some good balance. Despite tasting more like a barleywine at this point it is a fine release that met expectations when I first picked it up a while ago.