raphael (1136) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review #1000--had this in the basement 5 months.
alcohol, grapes, toffee, resin are the aromas.cake with chocolate buttercream is my first taste—chocolate, butterfat, sugar (rounding out to caramel, a bitterness that isn’t citrus or resin but is partially alcohol, oak and a hint of vanilla. Clear red brown with smooth tan head. The mouth is happy to have this beer inside, however briefly. Balanced, diverse and mighty.
77ships (7432) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to tderoeck! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Deep amber, light red hue (that might be also just the lightning),… Thick oily caramel, sweet cooked apples, vanilla & bourbon nose,… Taste is smidge thin with sweet vanilla, caramel, cooked & caramelized apple, sugar, sweet candy,… Creamy, faintly metallic body,… Very yummy, could be even better but already very yummy beer.
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Clear red color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish, firm bitter, a hint of dark fruits and quite heavy on the alcohol. Medium body, suitable and quite suitable carbonation.
ElManana (1729) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Tderoeck. Bourbon, boozy, vanilla, oak, hops, nice but maybe a tad too much.
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper color with a foamy off white head. Notes of vanilla, whiskey, dark brown sugar, figs, and smoke. Not much of the original bigfoot character remains.
jkwalking05 (4567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Deep Amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is of booze, piney hops, brown sugar, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Taste is of whiskey, booze, oak, malt, pine, herbal hops.
travita (4804) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The look is reddish, beige head, with a clear look. The smell is whiskey, wood, alcohol, brown sugar, fruitcake, rich, and interesting. The taste is fruity, alcohol, sugar, wood, burnt, and good.
firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark clear amber. Sweet, raisin and caramel malt nose. Syrupy body. Mild hop tempered by syrupy, yet mild, raisin. Not a fan of the style usually, but barrel aging makes this more appealing.
Petkus331 (388) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big sweet malt aroma up front, raisin, prune and a background of pine resin with a touch of bread yeast-a very gentle barrel toffee is on the surface. Appears deep copper, not much foam or lace. Sweet toffee stands out up front in the taste followed by bitter red wine oak barrel tannins balancing thd sweetness, pine resin comes to the forefront as the oak tannins fade away. Palate is a little oily, could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, good, but it feels like it needs something to brighten it up.
BlackHaddock (6067) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked and caged bottle shared with three friends at the June 2015 Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Meeting. I had brought this back from California for such an event. Deep amber/brown body, off-white head. Serious stuff this: rich, warm, smooth, and that’s just the aroma which delights your nasal senses with malty molasses, vanilla and wood like esters all rolled up in an alcohol bundle waiting to be lit. The taste explodes in the mouth with those same main ideas from the nose: malts, vanilla and woody, with an alcohol burn. Yet it has a silkiness in the robust and strong flavours which calms everything: mellow it is not, but it certainly is mature and ripe. A lovely beer to share with like minded people.