tdmuel (195) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour is a very dark murky brown color with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma, strong cherry notes, some plum and fig, lots of bourbony oakiness as well, strong caramel notes, and quite boozy. Wow, I am blown away by the taste. My first impression is that it’s a boozy maple syrup. Lots of bourbon and booze, some nice oak and lots of caramel, maple, syrupy sweet, figs, and maybe a light fruity hop character in there too. Wow, blown away by this beer. The barrels do incredible things to this, so many flavors melded together wonderfully.
5000 (5658) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, thin to moderate foamy tannish head, little lacing.   Rich caramel, bready, and dark pitted fruit nose, with hints of Bourbon barrel aging.   Bright fig and prune notes up front, slightly tart, a little acidic, followed by dark pitted fruit, caramel, bourbon, and heavy sweet breadiness.   Pretty darn tasty I gotta say, with a very strong alcoholic warming.   Not hot, but I can tell this is big.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, rich, hot caramel, breadiness, and soft dark pitted fruit.   I should also note, flavors of Bourbon but not your usual vanilla, graham cracker, and such.   Barrel aging is there, but does not dominate, which is nice for a change.   Thanks for the bottle Rob!
Tmoney99 (9650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, dark fruit, wood and bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with a standout beer.
jbruner (1738) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle in a trade thanks to wheresyourball! Pours an opaque, dark brown with thin ring of creamy colored head. Aroma is big on the bourbon barrel, lots of oaky vanilla sweetness, then some nice caramel malts and chocolate. Taste follows, add some toffee, hints of nuts, but still lots of that barrel aged quality. Thick and viscous, soft carbonation, nice burn in the stomach. Very nicely done.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark tawny, with a little caramel foam atop. Nougat, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, gobs of sugary malts - decadent nose. Taste is rich as fuck - lots more caramel, toffee, almond roca, wood, bourbon, nougat, vanilla, alcohol, candied apricot, and a touch of syrup (maple). Medium bodied with really low carb and a wet yet dry feel comes together silky and long lasting. Goddam Bruery, I really wish I didn’t like their higher end beers, but this is outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
curepute (46) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with no head. Sweet wood nose, caramel, a little booze. Taste is a little sweet with dry faint funk. Very deep, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, all sorts of woods, vanilla, .... finishes a little boozy and long. Warms the belly.
tmzl (13) - SLOVENIA - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: very dark amber. Poured with nick thick, surprisingly big head with even bubbles. Fast retention. Low carbonation. Very nice, promising, inviting.
Smell: Can’t miss the big brandy notes. Then come the fruity ones - raisins, deep dark fruits. Reminds me of raisins in rum. Lots of sweet caramel malt with some smokey notes. There is a slight alcohol note. And there comes a very nice subtle sour, tart aroma - lifts up the whole experience.
Taste: Porto, plum wine, dates. Huge malt, middle a lot of caramel, smokey, burnt wood/sugar. Low on bitterness, but very nice sour after-mid taste. Also some funk in there. Rich and complex.
Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, plate fullness, syrupy. There is some warming effect from high alcohol content, but overall the high alcohol is very well hidden. Leaves you slightly dry.
Overall: Rich and complex, very strong with a lot to offer, yet balanced, gentle and rewarding. Am thinking to buy a bottle and let it rest for a few years, a little age can probably take this beer even higher.
Fritz123 (597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at the Sybarite Pig. Thanks Brian! 6oz snifter. Dark brown pour with a thin, eggshell head. Head left in 30 seconds. Let it stand for a few minutes. Aroma was powerful with yeasts, grains, malts, caramel and sugars. The taste was simply amazing and got better with each sip. Huge sweet dark candies, caramel, grains, cereal, yeasts, and dark fruits. Very powerful flavor with a booze finish. Medium to full body. Medium light carbonation. Awesome from the Bruery.
SpongeRuiner (440) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy on splitting this one. Really sweet immediate taste. Heavy caramel flavors. Very boozy. It will take a while to finish one of these.
HisBoyElroy (312) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had high hopes for this one. I was let down. I was pretty buzzed when we cracked it. Should give it another shot.
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Burnhearts. Wow! Dark brown with a thin brown fading crown. Aroma is complex and boozy and rather inviting. I just kept smelling it as it was so damn good. Smelled like fresh wort on the open with plenty of grains and alcohol. Upon warming oak, roasted barley, vanilla, caramel, maple and sugar came through. Taste was sweet and hot with maple, chocolate, cedar and other assorted woods, candi sugar, spices, toffee with a boozy and spicy finish. It took me a long time and many sips to conquer this one but it just prolonged the enjoyment!