kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of spice, ginger, clove and banana. I got a strong banana flavor at first. Lots of ginger bread spice, caramel and vanilla. A nice holiday beer.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze, spice, nutmeg. Medium mouth, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, nutmeg, light roast, boozy, really enjoyed this one.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Dark brown color. A small, short-lasting frothy head formed and as light brown in color.
4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful. Tons of spices that all blend well together with the base beer. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some allspice. Layers of caramel with toffee. The bourbon falls behind the spices and it does very well there. Oak, vanilla, and a subtle welcoming booziness. Prune, molasses, currants, and hints of anise.
3.5 T: While the nose is complex with great depth, the taste is more booze focused. This is a shame since I’d love to drink a beer that tasted like the nose on this. It’s still good, but less complex with much less depth. Prune fruitiness oddly enough comes out as the focus of the taste. Molasses, caramel, toffee next. Spices listed in the nose are underneath all of this with leathery bourbon. Oak and vanilla. Overall the booziness is fairly well hidden for the ABV, but it still packs a punch that lingers and warms well after the sip.
3.5 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky chewiness from all the excess sugars. Light creaminess. Not too bad.
3.5 D: Of the Bruery’s big, boozy diabetes bombs, I prefer the barrel aged anniversary series over this.
baraciisch (2300) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown in color... Aroma of banana bread, bourbon, spices, dark fruits... Flavor is slightly thinner than I would expect, bourbon is prevalent, slight alcohol burn... gingerbread, spices, dark fruits... Decent
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gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 750 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014. Marked 14.8% ABV.
Thanks to _angst_!
Clear dark red to black color, small brown head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Spicy, alcohol, sweet taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
rlgk (13385) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Clar deep amber/brownish beer with a very small head. Yeasty aroma, fruity, spicy, cinnamon, some ginger, caramel, some banana. Very sweet fruity flavor, spicy from ginger mostly, figs, caramel, toffee. Too sweet and lots of alcohol.
_angst_ (3546) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received as an extra in a trade. Thank you stawn! Pours dark brown with a rather small frothy offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet and spicy with sweet bread, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, caramel, toffee, alcohol, charred wood vanilla, hay and soil. Taste is sweet and spicy with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, ginger cloves, nutmeg, hay, soil and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, spicy astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. finish is sweet and spicy with caramel, toffee, spices, soil and charred wood. Too sweet and spicy for me...
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Very bourbon heavy, probably even when newer, as most of their barreled offerings ain’t exactly shy about it. Love the bourbon and dark spices (gingerbread like under he bourbon) especially on the nose. Has held up nice since coming out. Strong and sweet, but never would have thought it nearly 15% if the bottle didn’t say so."
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, slight maple, very sweet. Taste is a mix of caramel toffee, hints of acidic malt, hints of oak, vanilla, touch of grain, slight bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, finishing fairly sweet. Good, but a bit over the top.
Steve_0 (3347) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big bourbony, toffee, raisins, figgy, brown sugar, dates, wood, and soy notes in the aroma. Taste is vanilla, cardamom, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, light raisins, soy sauce, raisins, and roasty with a sweet chocolatey finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good.
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Pours a reddish brown, clear appearance with little head. Ginger, caramel. molasses, vanilla, whiskey, plum aroma. Lots of coconut and vanilla in the mouth. Caramel and toffee. Pretty boozy. Whiskey. Chocolate. Some anise and light fruits. Pretty boozy. Ok.