trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a tulip glass on tap at the Falls Taproom in Philadelphia. Nice head and appealing dark color. Very malty and sweet; tasted like a very strong dubbel to me. The hops are relatively subdued as is the oak flavor. Would prefer this brew to have its sweetness counterbalanced with a stronger oak and hop character; as it is, it’s...very sweet.
Ratman197 (8474) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of adneilson poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, oak and vanilla. Palate was m,edium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, toffee, vanilla and plum with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4/8/11. Bomber vertical with 1 and 2. Looks very similar to 2, reddish, almost clear, but a little darker. Fruity almost Belgian aroma of a quad or tripel with a sweet flavor that hints of grapes and yeast (this is the sweetest of all 3). In general these are all too sweet - sweet, sweeter, and sweetest in order. Meh.
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Echoes of a barley wine, which is not my favorite style by a long stretch.
Appearance is dark orange/amber, minimal head, clear, an interesting faint lacing pattern. Nose is nice, candy, wood, dried fruit. Very sweet and syrupy palate initially, then a touch of sour, a bit of warming from the booze, and stickiness is what you are left with in your mouth. Not bad, I let this one age for a month, may have helped.
I agree this is a disappointing series of beers from Southern Tier. I like the experimentation, but this brewer seems best with hops and hefty stouts.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is fairly sweet with honey, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is even sweeter than the alcohol with syrupy sugar, caramel, vanilla, and alcohol all in abundance. A bit of the oak does manage to push its way through. Boozey finish. Of the three beers in this series, this one at 3.1 is my highest rating, which tells you all you need to know about this set of beers.
thornecb (3970) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear mahogany into a snifter. White head recedes to nothing leaving spot lacing . Oak and vanilla aromas. Slick with front to back oak, vanilla and roasted nuts.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber. Thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Moderate aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak and toasted bread. Flavor is straight up Bran Flakes. Seriously. It has this slightly sweet grainy quality that tastes just like Bran Flakes. A mild oakiness and some vanilla assert themselves a bit more as the beer warms up a bit. Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Clean finish. Not something I’d go out of my way to get again, but a nice beer.
williamherbert (1163) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense (!) cherry aroma; sour and spicy like a cherry wood. Sweet and sugary. Toffee and molasses. Dark berries with notes of red wine. Tremendously complex.
The appearance is an oaky-red hue. Not much head. Nice carbonation. No lace.
The flavor is where the oak hits, balanced by the sugary toffee and cherry. Very sweetly sugary, with the oak and cherry balance.
The palate is chunky, fizzy, creamy and smooth. Sweetly aromatic, pungent to the taste. The oak does add a nice accent (not always the case) but overall it’s an English ale with cherry and oakl.
TreborWhip (367) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours red with off-white head. Aroma of flowers. Flavors of pine, vanilla, bubble gum, and cherries with a strong astringent finish. The cherry flavors begin as marischino and changes more to a bing cherry and it lingers on the tongue.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Pours dark reddish/bronze amber with half a finger of light bronze-amber head. Aroma of caramel, sort of rotting vegetable and/or peat, maybe...not quite sure what this smells like. Some wood in there. Odd really. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and sticky but smooth. Woody smoothness. Syrupy film and light foamy dabs melt down the inside of the snifter. Flavor is kind of boozy sweet and dark caramelly with a heavy organic note that is escaping me for description. Woody/oaky without the vanilla. Pretty hot. I dunno. Another big, hard to describe but fairly in your face ASA.