IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a bit of sweetness, compact flavor. Caramel malt, some hop favor. Has all the makings of a good beer but is a bit round.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pour, of course it is. I’m really enchanted by this excellent Rastal Brooklyn snifter. Marzipan, cinnamon, vanilla pod, and yes creme brulee on the nose. The malt is huge and is a dead ringer for anything sweet put to the broiler, or torch depending on your commitment to tradition. Nougat, absolutely, toasted almonds and coconut milk. All of the nose enters the mouth in a very timid fashion. While a subtle arrival can lead to suprises, this beer holds to it’s code. Booze is very well balanced with a mass of malt that dries in a very whiskey like fashion, think Ireland. Only on the finish does the strength of this beer speak, a warming nudge of alcohol dries out the palate. Oak notes resonate in the finish, no hops to speak of. Seems to be a little superficial which (and I’m not accusing or generalizing) seems to be a signature for the brewery. This beer is very enjoyable although probably a few points higher in abv. than necessary. Built for later adventures, cellar this guy. Points given. 89
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cuvee 2 pours a dark brown color with ruby red highlights. A good amount of head is poured but quickly fizzes. A very thin layer of head is left. The aroma on this beer is decent and really had me hoping this one was better then the first. Lovely smell of wood hits the nostrils first. A good amount of caramel and vanilla follow that up.
The taste is slightly boozy but not as bad as I thought it would be. This beer is definitely a malt bomb. Looking for any kind of hops in this beer, just don’t bother. The caramel is mixed in nicely with the oak flavors. I also picked up a good amount of dark fruits and vanilla. This brew has many characteristics of a Barleywine. What I didn’t like was the bitterness it gave off. It didn’t taste like the usual bitterness that is given off by a ton of hops but something different. Something I just couldn’t get into.
The mouthfeel is smooth and big. Goes down really nice.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has a very potent alcohol note with oak. Flavor of vanilla and some caramel. Not very enjoyable
beerandIT (300) - 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.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz pour at Brouwers Cafe Seattle.
Poured chocolate brown with soft reddish flecks and a mildly dark tan head that is thick with a smooth, creamy consistency. The nose is dulled in all aspects. I did pick out chocolate, anise, nuts, prune, raisin, and vanilla. The taste was chocolate, vanilla, creme brûlée, oak, fig, raisin, alcohol, and oak. This beer tastes much better than the smell. Great body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Cellar one for sure.
damzz (277) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slight head that lasted. Needs to be sipped as one would a wine remembering that the bubbles punch up the alcohol effect. malty nose - ah, my wine tasting intrudes. Palate: Roasted malt with caramel and faint hops. Body is full and syrupy. Drink with a friend. Downing a couple of these will put you over the limit on the breathalyser and perhaps lead to memory loss and you do want to remember this brew.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured darker color than cuvee 1. aroma more prevalent and deep earthy notes. taste: more wood, some vanilla, spices, some cherry.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 year old large format in snifter. Carmel color. White lacing. Creamy with toffee vanilla and carmel. Medium bitterness, sweet, and good burn. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Very well done.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer wasn’t bad, but it was pretty forgettable. Nothing really stood out. The oak was not very evident. I’d like to try it again, perhaps with the series 1