brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber - Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent off white head that provides plenty of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol and some faint hops. Mouthfeel is very heavy while the taste is sweet with lots of fruity notes. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy, with an alcohol kick.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a redish brown in color. Off-white head with a little lacing.
Aroma was vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet with mild caramel. After-taste was not enjoyable.
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber served in a tulip pour was dark cider with three inches of off white head With mediocre lacing.nose was malts,light bourbon,dark fruits with a note of brandy.taste was right on par with the nose.definitely a tasty brew
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was murky brown with three fingers of thick off-white head on top; this brew also features great retention and an above average show of lacing. Nose is apples, apricot, brandy, oak, malt, caramel, and notes of bourbon. Taste is right on par rocking lovely summer fruits that roll into the finish and linger with a bourbon/brandy tone. I am not sure if this was aged on either barrel, but if not, it somehow has managed to catch the essence of both barrels. This is truly a fantastic brew!
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark brown in color with a ruby cast if held to the light. Small light tan head that faded to a thin rim around the beer, but produced some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is oaky with plenty of bourbon/vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet to begin with lots more of the vanilla and caramel. Mildly hoppy; a flavor that really does not appear until the end. Some evidence of the alcohol, both in the warming that the beer produces and in the flavor profile... could be hidden better. Very enjoyable...
Pinball (11089) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear amber, smooth white head.
faint but "thick" spicy hoppy aroma.
flavor is lots of caremelly notes, buttwer, malty notes, wood, quite complex but not one i like.
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber. Pours a nice dark mahogany with minimal off white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, wet oak and toffee. Sweet taste that is balanced well with minor hop notes. Very malty, with caramels and some dried fruits. This is is a nice mixture of styles...seems like a great marriage of Old Ale, Brown Ale and maybe even some elements of a strong ale.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of RCL. Vintage 2010 at 10.9% ABV. Slightly hazy dark orangey brown with a small off-white head. Nose is rich with caramel and licorice allsorts. Medium body, sweet caramel and overripe fruit with a discreet yet present hoppiness in the finish. 141210
Slipstream (2189) - USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another funny/odd Smuttynose picture on the label - sleepy chocolate lab on a living room chair by the ocean. Sweet, potent aroma of bourbon and malt. Smooth, sweet, and heavy brown ale with a strong hop edge coming on in the finish. Rich and strong, but it wasn’t really the best. I scored the previous version of this brew at 3.9, so for me this was an unimprovement.
Theis (14266) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2010) at ØLbaren - thanks to ??? Clear brown - offwhite head. High malty, light bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, ryebread, red berries, chocolate, sharpness. OK.