jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 @RBSG-Minni-lt tan-copper. A-hot bourbon, med malt-caramel, some spice. T-hot bourbon-boozy, med malt-caramel, some spice hops. Would like to try this in a year or so.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown pour, light creamy head. Sweet brown sugar, light molasses, bourbon, coconut, a hint of hops. Fairly sweet but tasty.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and dark copper with a small, creamy, white head. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of vanilla, caramel, toffee and bourbon. Medium to full-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel and bourbon up front, then tannic bitterness on the backside. Finishes hearty and bitter-sweet.
JorisPPattyn (7815) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour as old Armagnac, and not more head. Rosewater and booze exploding on opening. Not very refined aromas, really - cognac, indeed. Sweet, but not cloying; but again very much rosewater-like, on bitter wood, bitter herbs and tons of sugars. Nutty (but I couldn’t tell pecan). Warming up, it acquires more balance. Lots of alcoholheat, well-bodied, and alcoholic-slick rather than viscous. Good, if not refined Barley wine. Heated!
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to dak for sharing this. It pours with a clear deep copper body and thin gold edges while supporting a tiny off white head. The aroma has musty sweet dark fruity esters like prunes, raisins, blueberries and plum juice as well as sticky pine hops. The taste is yummy with prunes and raisins soaked in sticky pine sap nuanced molasses. Behind those notes I get a modestly thick layer of smooth sweet bourbon and coconut. This has a terrific balance between hops, dark fruity esters and barrel notes, wow!
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/29/13. 750mL bottle from the release. Mostly clear reddish amber pour with a frothy tan head. Nice whiskey, a touch of booze, with some nuttiness and brown sugar. Slightly sweet flavor, nutty, lots of bourbon, brown sugar, and light fruitiness. Not bad - pretty tasty.
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Fucken awesome. Caramel candy sweetness. Big and bold. Sticky sweet. Bourbon. Love this!
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a richer ruby copper pour, gentle haziness with good copper glow throughout. A small frothy tannish head atop dies to a small film, laces small. Aromas are a bit sticky, caramel and gentle toast. Faint fruit, a bit of nuttiness and sweet toffee. Some gentle oak, whiskey, vanilla. Mellow wood, a touch sweet. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, a sticky feel up front is toffee, vanilla, some butterscotch and oak. Vanilla, some gentle fruit, more sticky salted caramel. Toffee, toast, biscuits. Sweeter. Middle is more butterscotch, nuttiness, the pecans and whiskey start to come in as we round the corner. Touches of whiskey, heat, some sticky caramel. Finish is a bit sticky, more barrel, tannic, vanilla and some coconut. A bit of heat. Not bad, a bit sweet and sticky for me. Meh.
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBSG 2013. I assume this is named for America’s worst President. Red (like Roosevelt’s economic policies) color. Sweet with hops and lots of alcohol.
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter shared by owner to try to make up for the limit debacle that they created. While I was next to get my bottles, they changed the limits, kind of pissed that this happened, went from 2 bottles to one, he at least tried to make up for it by offering a sample. Poured an amber color with aromas of caramel, toffee, booze, light nuts, and some earth. Flavors are the same, not a bad barrel aged barley wine, but had high hopes for this beer. Glad I got to try this beer and didn’t have to open the one bottle that I had.