jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
All the right parts are here, but it is not that exciting. Very full-bodied, alcohol is well hidden, at least until you get to the end of the bottle and stand up! The oakiness comes through as the beer warms up. Contrary to the bottle, this beer is not best served at 42F, it improves as it warms well past 42.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a dark amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma of caramel, dark fruit, candi sugar, toffee, and i thought some whiskey. flavor of dark fruit and brown sugar. medium slick body with medium carbonation.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed dark copper with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left very little lace. There are elements in the aroma I like such as fresh pears, candied orange, and caramel. However, there is also a heavy sweetness reminiscent of overripe/rotting fruit that makes me wary. The flavor leans more on the overripe/rotting fruit sweetness than the aroma along with caramel and some oak. Strong alcohol flavor emerges towards the finish, particularly as the beer warms. I enjoy sweet beers, so that is never a problem for me. This one is just not very good.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle in a gift box. Poured out a deep copper color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak barrels. Flavors are creme brulee, vanilla cream, some root beer. Decent body, thick mouthfeel. Coats the tongue well. decent beer overall.
Definitely a sipper though. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oak, oak and more oak. Changed to American oak barrels instead of the French used in the first series I believe. Pours redish copper color with a bit of head that does not want to stay too long. Oak dominates on the finish. A bit of berries in there although to be honest I cannot distinguish between the different types of berries going on in this beer. A slight hint of caramel with mediocore lacing on the glass.
jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, malt, squash, woodpeat and a little vanilla. Taste is of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a little bit of nuts, with a dry wood finish.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown/red with a beige. Aroma of Candy sugar, dark fruit, malt. Flavor of dark fruit, sweet, candy sugar, wood, malt. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Over all, not bad at all!
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, almiond colored pour with no head, caramel, whiskey nose, flavor of maple syrup, scotch, vanilla, has an oaky dry finish
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown/amber pour. White head. Yeast, malt, fruit, caramel, sugar, and vanilla on the nose. Flavor is ok wtih fruity and yeast notes abounding. Malty and flavors of wood are also present. Above average, but not by much.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small, off-white head with a hazed amber body sitting beneath. Aroma of pistachio, maple, vanilla, caramel, oak and something a bit buttery (but not really diacetyl). Taste is maple, caramel, burnt flan, peat, a bit bitter, but ends with a sweet breadiness. Syrupy mouthfeel and warming.