anders37 (16723) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Jupiter Sour Sunday, Jupiter, Berkeley, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody weak brandy and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy weak yeasty woody brandy flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty woody brandy and dark fruity finish.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, raisins, vinous, vanilla, and anise. Flavor of wood, raisins, dates, brown sugar, caramel, juniper, toffee, molasses, and vinous.
Travlr (11907) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Max’s. hazy ruby maroon color, pretty much flat. Aroma of vanilla, prunes, plums. Taste is tawny port, dark winter fruit, vanilla. Tasty.
bhensonb (11095) - 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.
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Kickbacks. Pours clear ruby with a fine cream head. Lots of rich, faintly tangy berries in the nose, hints of toffee, cherries. Medium to big sweet flavor with pears, dark berries, light toffee, pineapple. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with some sticky sugars, dark berries, nips of vanilla and toffee. Nice.
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black in color with a tan head. Nose of graham cracker, prune, dark fruit, wood, butter, and vanilla. A strong vinous, almost port-like character, intense brown sugar sweetness, molasses, and licorice, too. The flavor is quite sweet and sugary. Tons of brown sugar, prunes, molasses, licorice, and port. Mild vanilla, graham cracker, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, and a hint of butterscotch.
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark copper brown ale with no head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar with roasted notes, licorice, wood extract, fusel alcohol and molasses. in mouth, dark fruits and molasses, loads of alcohol, juniper, licorice, nice. On tap at Farm House, Feb. 10 2012.
Ratman197 (9828) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare. Aroma is vinous grapes, oak, cookie and caramel malt with dates and vanilla. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, vinous notes, vanilla, dates and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Black Bottle Fort Collins. Brandy barrel version- I think this is the correct entry. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a small tan head. Dark grape, plum, fig, a bit leathery, spicy, oatmeal cookie aroma. Slightly low carbonation. Spicy, cinnamon, vinous, dark grape, plum, caramel, a bit woody, peppery flavor. Kind of a cool brew!