Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s, as Fruet. Pours dark brown, nose has toffee, vanilla, fruit, taste is rich and fruity, light vanilla, berries.
andrewje41 (670) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at Bambinos. Pours black with a dark fruit, raisin, slightly boozy aroma. Prunes, and graham cracker flavor, and super smooth considering the high ABV. Really nice dark fruit finish. Very special beer here. A must try.
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml "Fruet" bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a rubby reddish brown with a short lived beige head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, wood, caramel, caramelized fruits. Finish is, again, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Full body, weak carbonation. Unbalanced, as in, way too much bourbon.
jfb (4089) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - cheers to ferris for this one!) murky ruby-brown colour with no head. aroma of brown sugar, honey and alcohol, with a light salmon fattiness, vanilla, treebark and some caramel. flavour is mostly fudge, caramel and brown sugar, with a heavy sweetness and some oxidation, quite boozy in the finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 75 cl bottle at the Beer Heads bottle share Meet Up in Falls Church. Pours a cloudy copper with a tan head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of butterscotch , caramel and figs. Smooth, sweet and creamy finish.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So far each year of the AV ale has improved, IMHO, though this year’s is neglegible. The added complexity is a little offset by a roughly 10% jump in ABV, which seems like overkill. Though deifinitely a big, sweet, sipper, it is not overly hot (but caught up with me quick like). Fruit and malt, bourbon and vanilla, oak...another year, another super nice beer
WillRunForBeer (862) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at Strong Beer Fest. Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is amazing, molasses, bourbon... Flavor adds raisin, date. Bourbon and oak come through in the finish. Very nice!
Maltser85 (315) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky brown, sweet, oak, vanilla, malty nose. Translates to the taste. It is so smooth, even at nearly 17%...don’t even notice it. Awesome
Ferris (5005) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Lots of dark sugars, raisins and dark fruit. Cloudy copper brown with almost no head. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, pecan and even more dar sugar. Very mellow and tasty, deserving of the high rating.
pbol01 (11) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is insanely good! Barrel taste licks the molasses heavy beer tenderly! Better than many beers in top 50. Epic!