bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. For some reason SN rep told them it was bourbon barrel. Lively and introspective discussion and tasting ensued. All agree it was very brandy. So: Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of vinous dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, oak, vanilla and a definite brandy aspect. Very tasty ale.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark brown with ruby highlights and almost no head. Big chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla and smokey oak aroma and taste with red wine flavors throughout. Silky but oily palate.
joeneugs (2577) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours deep reddish brown with a khaki head. The aroma is very strange to me with notes of tequila, brandy, brown sugar, fig, molasses and a touch of maple syrup. Very alcoholic nose. The flavor is also very strong with the alcohol and vinous with raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, wood. Thinner body than the regular version, but oily. Not bad. A bit brash and challenging to drink.
JPDurden24 (1383) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Watering Hole, dark brownish black color, aroma of dark fruit, brandy and oak. Taste is sweet and good. Brandy aging comes through well.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of butterscotch, oak, brandycarmel, fruittiness and toffee. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee, oak, brandy and fruittiness with a crisp lingering brandy finish.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Nose is light brandy, golden raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is toffee, vanilla, dark fruit and brandy.