TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I brought to Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Drank side-by-side with other barrel variants. Pours a richer deep brownish ruby hue, good darker middle woth copper glow on the edges. Frothy tannish edges dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle apple, green with touches of spirit, oak, vanilla. Some cocoa, rich apple. Initial is bigger apple, brandy, and oak. Middle is a bit sticky, some toffee, biscuits. Some rich oak, the apple presence prevails. Backend is toffee, toast, vanilla and oak, touch of sweetness. Backend is gentle toffee, brandy element is full and prominent, a more dominant barrel than the other. A touch sweet, tart. Tasty, a touch thin. I prefer Bourbon.
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle:   Deep caramel, soft soapy sandy head, little lacing.   Certainly seems aged!   Strong Brandy nose, slight caramel, faded peat and biscuit.   Brandy certainly dominates after 3 years.   A touch of burnt vanilla comes out as it warms, also a bit woody.   This is very much a sipper, not hot but very warming.   Faint dark pitted fruit, plums, fig/date comes out on the back.   Surprisingly its not sticky or heavy, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Does feel a bit dry tho.   Finishes heavy Brandy, charred wood, burnt vanilla, dark pitted fruit, and a little peaty.   Great stuff!
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours clear brown in color with zero head. The aroma had a big brandy component that seemed to work pretty well with the sweet caramel malts, raisins, figs and other ripe fruit. The flavor is sweet caramel, brandy, figs and raisins and wood. This did get a bit boozy at times, but was still pretty good.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted malt, brandy wood and earthy scotch aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy brandy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. A smooth complex drinkable brew.
b3shine (5354) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 vintage. Bottle to snifter. Looks good; dark with thin lacing. Smells good; brandy. Tastes "BRANDY, BABY!" mouthfeel is average. Good, but very boozy.