NickV (5) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful garnet color, but lacking in balance and palatability. The abv makes this beer tempting, but what we're really talking about here is barley wine; great if that's what you're looking for, but calling this an ale is almost a misnomer.
---This rating is likely a compilation of my and my roommates' musings over our latest beer pick up. We are all self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs. All ratings and comments are decided through deliberation, discussion, and (frequently) bloodshed. Let this not be in vain.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Stone Bistro and Gardens... Poured brownish/mohagony with a a moderate light tan head. Aroma of whiskey and wood with charred grains and barrel notes. Strong whiskey and booze and heat. Bitter-sweet molasses with hoppiness and malt sweetness. Toffee and caramel with a nice toasted character. Oak and bourbon continued through to the warming finish.
BMMillsy (956) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Southern Charred here, Batch 07, 2013 release (w/2012 Double Bastard being aged). I guess this is the alias. Bottle from the Stone Bistro in San Diego. Pours a murky brownish amber with a ring of yellowish brown head. Aroma is big fruits, vanilla, bourbon, anise, caramel, toffee, maybe even a little chocolate. Smells very nice. Flavor follows with sweet caramel, fig, vanilla, smoke, peat, perhaps some chocolate. Very nice layer of flavors. Sweet but not cloying. Bourbon is there and had a slight burn, but it isnít overly hot, albeit a strong whiskey presence. Medium carbonation, thick heavy mouthfeel. Overall a very nice barrel aged brew that I would put in the BA Barleywine category.
baraciisch (1265) - USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy cloudy caramel reddish in color... Aroma of vanilla, cigar tobacco, caramel, oak, bourbon... Hint of alcohol on the nose... Flavor is amazingly complex... Sweet caramel, vanilla initially, gives way to gently bitter hops and tobacco, oak... Delicious, great if you like bourbon aged beer
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HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 series. 500ml corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a finger of light tan head. Big aroma of toffee and vanilla with a bit of hops. Medium bodied. Starts off with some hop bitterness and moves onto more toffee and vanilla. Long finish with some more hops. Thereís a lot going on here. Tasty. Expensive.
dhunter151 (397) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500mL bottle. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Bourbon, oak, vanilla notes, good amount of bitterness. I like this better than the non-BA version.
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douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a dark ruddy and cloudy copper color with a medium beige head. A sweet woody caramel nose. A rich yeasty beer with vanilla, light bourbon, some heat, more heat than Iíd like really, some toffee, medium fruity hops. Quite nice.
writerljberg (394) - Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09 bottle from Shane
A: Deep caramel, thin creme colored head. Nice lacing.
N: Delicious nose. Caramel, bourbon, malt, pepper, oak.
T: Double bastard is still here with the addition of wood. Big malt base over a powerful hop presence. Pepper.
M: Alcohol is hidden. Very big and very sticky.
O: Well done if missing a bigger bourbon presence if not the barrel.
adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Arminís palace. Thanks Steve. Pours a murky orange brown appearance with a khaki head. Fairly spicy, light whiskey, caramel, toasted malty aroma. Rich caramel very vanilla, woody, somewhat spicy flavor. Not bad but a bit boozy.
Steve_0 (1924) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Arminís with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small cream-colored head and good lacing. Oaky, grapefruity, caramelly, toffee, bready, lightly oxidized, and roasty aroma. Taste is slightly oxidized cardboard, caramel, light smoke, roasty, grapefruit, and orange with a slightly bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Decent stuff.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle, thanks Stephen! Dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, hints of earth, slight oak in there as well. Taste is a mix of oak, red fruit, dark chocolate, hints of earth, slight caramel, toffee, finishing sweet, slightly dry.