hopwine (373) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #2. Pours almost black with some reddish light struggling through, beautiful light tan, cake like head. Nose is pecan, caramel, toffee. Flavor is pecan pie, some age derived dried fruit and sherry, mild hints of roast, and flan. Mouthfeel seems to have thinned slightly from the mega chewy monster I remember... But that could just be a palate shift. Anyhow, age did this one right, so glad I have another.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Pint at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL during a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. Dark brown pour. Nose is of brown sugar, anise, dark fruits and mild alcohol. Taste is of licorice, maple syrup, roasted malt, plum and some alcohol. Mild hop astringency in the finish. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
Ferris (4706) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Vintage 2011 - Sweet boozy bourbon and some roast malts. Jet blac with a thin head. Bourbon and roast but surprisingly no booze.
teisen (2) - Shelby Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma that is all so pleasant. I wanted to age this a little longer but I accidentally opened it (label looked very similar to another bottle). I think some additional aging would have enhanced the flavor.
SHIG (3612) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle aged for 5 yrs: Poured a mahogany with no head. Aroma is very complex with sap, roastiness, and maple. Taste is very full and sweet candy to the tongue yet nice roasted malt.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Vintage 2011, 2nd release
A: Pours a dark brown ale with a finger of maple bar foam over the top. This head falls to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing. Excellent, cherry hued clarity in this ale.
S: Coffee, birch and maple (but mostly birch), nutty brown smell. Reminds me more of a brown ale; light and sweet.
T: Sweet, hot. Tastes like the fermentation was poorly controlled with tons of roasted banana bread flavors and some more coffee and roasted malt flavors. Bad, disappointing at best.
M: Thin but sticky, highly carbed, dry finish. The opposite of what I believe this beer should be.
O: This does not make me happy. Does not make me want more. Reminds me of a RIS I did a couple years ago, the fermentation happened in the 80’s and the beer took 8 months to taste right. Kinda feel like that is where this one lands; making it very sub par.
Serving type: bottle
merc7186 (2198) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours great with a dark brown color that passes almost passes no light through it, has a great brownish head and has good lacing on the glass. The beer smells decently with a definite coffee scent with a sweet syrupy finish. The beer tastes great with a great blend of sweet maple syrup and a coffee finish. The mouthfeel is great with the beer being well carbonated and the mouth being sweet. Overall, I HATE COFFEE, but this is a great beer for a coffee lover with some sweetness.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into an Ovila chalice, this beer poured a very deep brown with small spotty off white head and lacing down the glass.
Very malty smell. Molasses and a touch of roastiness. Very little hop aroma.
Definitely a malty brew, but nowhere near cloying. Thick molasses flavor throughout with just a bit of hop spice.
Almost like a good thick barleywine. Thick consistently, but again not overly sweet.
Very good beer. Hides the alcohol well and drinks smooth.
adamah (214) - - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared for 2 years. Wood, syrup, caramel and toffee on the nose. Pours a deep reddish brown almost opaque almost no head. The taste is mostly sweet with only a hint of bitterness on the end. The wood and syrup come through alot in the flavor. Medium bodium slick mouth feel and very soft carbonation. Might be a little too sweet after sitting for so long but I one the less a killer beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/22/2011. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some raisins. Sweet raisin and caramel flavor with some light chocolate.
Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/7/3/16 3.8
Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 01/29/2011. Very dark amberbody with a large creamy light brown head. Sweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and light vanilla aroma. Very sweet roast, chocolate, molasses, caramel, fruit, and vanilla flavor. Medium full body moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0