Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From my backlog. HUGE thanks to Jason for letting me try this! Also thanks to sk8viking for sending this to him! Wow, complexity! Gorgeous whipped cream-like head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Wonderful balance noted here in both the aroma and flavour. Bits of black pepper, nutmeg, coriander, caramel, candied fruit......it just goes on. Oak and vanilla make a subtle appearance with the calvados jumping in a little later on. Some yeasty notes along with some interesting esters. Slight funk on the back-end of the palate. Slight warming sensation on the way down gave a nice pleasent nature to this. Deep layers of complexity keep going on well after the last sip. Wonderful experience!
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A thin beige cream head slowly fading to a ring of foam. Hazy mahogny body. Wonderful complex aroma of ripe yellow apples, vanilla, marzipan, wood, milk-caramel and raisins. Sweet acidulous fruity, woody and vinous taste. Lots of refined malts and notes om mild caramellish roastiness and brown sugar. Feel very soft and smooth in the mouth. Full-bodied with fruity-acidic end. Near perfection.
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a long lasting, big, tan head. Dark dried fruits and oak dominate the aroma. The barrel aging is obvious, but the end result is a less complex and intense aroma than the original (I opened a bottle of each of course) Super dry, with the added dry feeling of the tannin, fruity and oak flavours.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by miketd the Cleveland tasting. Pours a hazy brown color with a yellowish off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, oak, yeast, a touch of sour. Flavors is light sour apple, oak, caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits. Medium to full bodied, mild carbonation finished on the sweet side. great stuff, but I still like just the plain ol version the best!
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at t Brugse Beertje, Brugge, April 2008. Many thanks to Carlo for providing this for Jeremy Gray’s 40th birthday bash. I’m often not convinced that wood aging necessarily adds anything (desirable) to the underlying but I definitely thought it did in this case. It tempered and balanced the sweet fruit. So it ended up fruity and slightly woody, with just a smidgen of tart acidity. Good balance of prune-like fruit and chewy caramel malt, coupled with lots of liquorice. Firm mouthfeel - full but not too fat. If I wanted to nit-pick I’d say that the alcohol is perhaps a little too evident but that didn’t stop me drinking about four pints of the stuff. Gorgeous, and a not a bit like Coca-Cola harrisoni..
Madsnp (923) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle. Dark brown with a nice lasting beige foam. Aromas of wood, sweet caramel, some vanilla, prunes, raisins and roasted coffee. The flavour is freshly sour at first but ended by a complex roasted sweetness.. Taste notes: spices, dark dried fruits, chocolate, wood, cane sugar and coffee.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown with a thin cream head. Aroma is coffe, caramel, oak, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is oak, caramel, brown sugar, yeast, and light alcohol. The barrel aging really changes this beer in differant directions.
IrishBoy (3684) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml from Kramer17801; Nose of oak, brown sugar, raisins, and spice; clear brown with a small tan head; flavor of oakiness, prunes, molasses, spiciness, and a little alcohol. Not near as good as the regular version.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 re-rate
Muddy chestnut. Woody aroma with bourbon and toffee notes. Rounded woody character with light toffee. I still find this understated.
Light brown. Mapley, with a hint of wood and vague florals (some of Pannepot’s goodness is obfuscated). Hot body, with splashes of fruit, and lush malts. Again, the barrel is getting in the way of my Pannepot. There’s a quality beer buried underneath of this hot imbalance. 6-3-7-3-14 = 3.3
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Bottle from OldStyleCubFan. Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is oak, spice, roast, and sugar. Not all that enticing. Oak dominates the flavor. Lots of vine fruit flavors. Alcohol hot. Medium body. High carbonation. Very dry finish. Not real sure why this beer gets such high marks.