marcus (5876) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours black with a thin beige head and a treacle aroma There is a roasted malt and molasses flavor with some oak and vanilla. Very fruity.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a just clear brown with a thin beige head. Sweet raisins and malt on the nose, plum, prune and sweet vanilla with some backing roast. Spicy vanilla, ice cream notes. Nice and smooth. Quite balanced. Pretty nice. Some menthol notes show up much later.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap @ RnH - Wow! what a difference from the normal version of this beer (which I wasn’t all that impressed with). Arouma is fantastic - Chicory, toffee and caramel malts, savory baked treats with a hint of smoke and roast. Deep toasted malts, very smooth and herbal tea notes at the finish.
0o9i (437) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Tap @ Sierra Taphouse. Dark body, brown with Ruby, black in the glass, opaque, taupe head, creamy texture. Lots of vanilla, buttery, dark fruits, warmly alcoholic like a fine brandy, very rich and awesomely quaffable. Fullish body, creamy carbonation for a soft and velvety palate, balanced wet/dry, a touch sticky. Flavor is lightly sweet front, balanced middle with woody hops, alcoholic warmth finishing with pine/grapefruit rind and undertones of Bourbon and vanilla.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at RNH. Pours a deep clear woody brown with a nice lasting thin beige head. Aroma is woody vanilla and bourbon, caramel, big toast, mild alcohol, licorice, oil. Flavor is sweet, burnt wood, toast, bourbon, chocolate malts, big caramel and toffee, leather, earth, licorice, anise, roast, honey, vanilla, sweet molasses with a slight slickness in the end. Pretty good overall.
BrewBoxer (1708) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours like a stout. Black, white heat, etc. Alcohol smell with dark fruity tate of figs and raisins. Not my favorite strong ale. The color states it should be an "old ale", so I have another bomber aging for the appropriate time. I remember tasting this at the Dogfish/Sierra Nevada launch party/dinner in NYC when they unveiled this and the Limb and Life. It was much better then.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Dark brown in color with a one finger tannish head and some lacing. Excellent aroma, way better than the regular version, with toffee, maple syrup, roast, vanilla, and oak. The flavor is a little muddled but great still. Sweet caramel, toffee, maple syrup malt notes, oak, vanilla, coconut, and roastiness. Fairly full body and a smooth slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Beats the regular version of this beer by quite a lot.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RnH. Toast, cinnamon raison bread aroma. Surprising! Flavor is not so kind, a lot of sugary bourbon, but more of that cinnamon raison on the deep finish. Very sweet, but the aging has brought all syrupyness under control.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy brown with a thin tan head. Dried fruit, oak and vanilla in the nose and flavor. This beer is a very well balanced beer with all things in moderation. Medium mouthfeel.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Rattle N Hum.
Black opaque with a bit of tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, some brown sugar that comes out more as the beer warms. Thick and sweet with some dark fruit on the palate, along with some woody/oaky notes and a hint of a rum/alcohol taste on the palate but no burn. Very smooth, nice long finish. Definitely one of the highlights of the tasting.