MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - 2005 vintage - Aroma and flavor are oak, earthy hops, leather and maple syrup with a touch of vanilla. Palate is clean and alcohol is well hidden. Very tasty.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Draft". Rich amber beer with a low off-white head. Rich malt aroma with some caramel and sweetness. Rich malt flavor with dried fruit, vanilla, and oak. Long whiskey/bourbon taste that doesn’t overpower. Everything comes together VERY nicely.
IrishBoy (4063) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Draft at The Bistro’s BA Beer Fest 11/11/06; 2004 Vintage, Nose is sweet, spicy, caramelly friut, with a small hop presence; dark amber with only a few bubbles for a head; flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and oak mixed with caramel and fruit.
DYCSoccer17 (3582) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro’s 1st Barrel-Aged Beer Festival. 2004 vintage aged in bourbon barrel for 6 months. Hoppy, hempy, sweet piney hop aroma. Caramel is also present with some spiciness. Slight bourbon notes are also present in the nose. Rather quaffable. Lightly hazy dark copper color with an off-yellowish small head and nice lacing. Sweet, bourbon-like flavors to start, turning a bit caramelly. I get some coconut flavors later on in the finish. This is smooth and very drinkable. I can see how the coconut flavors might be seen as bad by some people, though.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another extraordinary brew from the guys at Schooners. This is a HUGE friggin’ beer. There is nothing small about it. Enormous malt bill, with a woody nose too. Very soft mouthfeel that is incredibly misleading. The alcohol is hidden somewhere. Flavor is woody, whisky, toffe/caramelish. There’s notes in there that I’m not even sure what they are. I don’t really care either because this is one fantastic beer that should be enjoyed and not anylyzed. Wow!
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden-brown colour. Big, rich malty aroma with strong wood and booze influence. Very sweet flavour. Big vanilla notes amidst the malt assault. Pretty well integrated.
omhper (22626) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear red. Intense roasty, woody nose. Sweet with very rich deep malt character and soft, dense mouthfeel. Lots of caramel, with plenty of wood on top of it, but also some honey and syrup. A lot of similarities to Lees Harvest Ale.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Woody and malty nose with a touch of smoke and vanilla distillate. Clean and surprisingly soft on the palate with great depth and complexity. Toffee covered caramel and mild fruit notes abound with the wonderful whisky distillate charcater. A wonderful beer.