Huhzubendah (2239) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer displays a dark brown / burgundy body, appearing nearly still. Nice aroma, featuring port, sherry, oak, dark fruit, plums, figs. Smooth and complex. This one drinks like a port wine or after dinner digestif. Alcohol presence is there, but not overpowering by any means. Light to medium in body with no carbonation. A fun beer to sip and enjoy.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 543 of 688 and served in my Aventinus glass: Murky deep brown without any head nor lace, some oily tears. Holy intense aroma, dried dark fruits, concentrated sweet malts, vinous and winey oak barrel, and some roasted walnuts too. The taste is not the nose equal but still nice, plenty of vinous port like acidity and lush dark fruits over layers upon layers of malt and wheat, some old school oxidation rounds the palate. Too bad this is almost dead flat, some added carbonation and this could have been killer. Still I quite liked it overall. Happy New Years!!!
jcnielsen (1664) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Chocolate, dark fruit, malty aromas. Dark fruit, leather, grape, oxidized, cardboard flavors. Flat, oxidized, but kinda interesting.
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to Dr. Owl for sending. Deutsch wælz. Thanks Danny! Pours a clear reddish maroon appearance with no head. Quite tannic and leathery, dark grape, caramel, toffee, fig, pretty intense aroma. Carbonation is pretty low. Somewhat oxidized, leathery, plum, fig, caramel flavor. Oxidation seems to cover the booze pretty well. Surprisingly not super flavorful but it was fun to try.
Lukaduke (1679) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dirty van dyke brown color with a touch of rising bubbles. the nose is earthy, spent chocolate malt, vinous raspberry, musty oak and a touch of vanilla if you try really hard :) The palate is a bit underwhelming... a bit muddy with some spent tired roasted chocolate malt, murky raspberry acidity pokes through... nothing close to what i was expecting. Pretty disappointed overall for the price of this bottle it really did not deliver.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle #229/688. Thanks to Kevin at Grape and Gourmet for saving this for me. But unfortunately this just isn’t cup of tea, nor glass of aged beer. Syrupy and dark, with zero carbonation, this carries a liquor-like aroma. The drink is super viscous. This drinks with a thick vanilla and alcohol character, very liqueur-ish; I know the greater beer aficionados than I savor works of art like this, but as much as I try, I just can’t dig it. (#5317, 11/7/2013)
queenholly (2571) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sweet cherry almond and alcohol aroma. Clear chestnut, no head. Sweet dark cherry and oaky vinous flavor. Medium body.
suprchunk (1934) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colored pour. Not carbonated, no head. No lacing. Huge malty caramel aroma. Raisins. Dates. Slight buttery aroma. Taste is a big malty flavor with peppery notes. Slightly bitter. Despite its shortcomings it is a superb beer. More along the lines of a fine wine with date notes. But fantastic.
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vanilla, cherry, brandy, and malt aroma. Dark amber with no head. Sweet brandy, caramel malt and cherry flavor. Smooth body. Not as complex as I expected.
Patrickctenchi (2916) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, no head.
Wine, vanilla, berry aroma.
Taste is sweet, smoky wine and oak.
Candied fruit, caramel.
Pleasant alcohol burn.
Very nicely done.