RobertDale (3698) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, fruit, and spice. Taste is fruit, spice, bourbon, malt, caramel, and some vanilla. A lot going on here, but it works for the most part.
dyan (31) - Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks, Abraham! What a refined, refreshing beer, so well put together in its stark minimalism! Such finesse! Oh wait, sorry - wrong beer. Clear golden amber with a thin, white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this beer has long lasting legs. The nose is a heavy, boozy, sweet blend of vanilla, bourbon and coconut , along with spicy alcohol, fresh green cardamom, sweet syrup and mild pineapple. Medicinal booziness, which actually works because I am fighting a cold. Palate opens with a big, sweet, boozy, messy blend of coconut, bourbon, vanilla and simple syrup; dates and toffee are also present. The mod palate has a stale, canned pineapple character, along with cardamom. Most definitely a chore, this beer has a long, messy finish with cheap booze and some spice. Meh.
Jow (2258) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Gingerman. nose is super bourbon and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla through the ying yang and so much bourbon sweetness, if you dig through those two overpowering flavors you may find some canned fruit cocktail, malt, and lemon. Way sweet and boozy. Bit heavy handed.
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with assmall off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody spicy vanilla aroma. Fruity malty spicy woody caramel and vanilla flavor. Has a fruity malty woody spicy caramel finish.
rlgk (11421) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBESG 2014 in London, grand tasting. Hazy golden/amber beer with a nice beige head. Caramel aroma, spicy, biscuits, hay, cinnamon, woody, vanilla, hay, some citrus. Fruity spicy flavor, carmel, grass, tropical fruits, cinnamon, lots of warming alcohol.
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle RS purchase. Color is different from the standard version. This has a hazy brown color with light ring of head.
Unlike the standard base beer the pineapple is subdued and the flavor is helped greatly by the Bourbon barrel. The spice is also less dominate which is a huge plus. The flavor profile is deeper, mango, Belgian yeast notes, mild vanilla oak and brown sugar. The body is still light just like the standard base brew but less sweetness. The 16 % only shows itself by a light warming after the sip. I enjoy this a lot more than the base version.
SlackerMads (1700) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Unclear orange, no head. Booze, bourbon, golden raisins, vanilla, fruity, unripe berries, leafy bitter. Medium body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Raw and boozy. No thanks.
Theydon_Bois (9912) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG ’14, Grander Tasting @ Moncada, 09/08/14 thanks to our Kenny.
Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white swirl and edgeing.
Nose is spice, subtle BA wash, earthy, bitter orange, pumpkin notes, woody tones.
Taste comprises candied fruit peel, sweet, rich booze notes, canned tropical fruits, trace of oaky bourbon.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Ok, hides the 16% very well but ultimately doesn’t deliver the flavours to justify the ABV.
nickd717 (3566) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ZOMG RARE -BAL TICK!!! Had this on draft (!!!what a tick!!!) at 38 Degrees. Slightly hazy orange-copper with no head. Sweet bourbon, oak, honey, and cinnamon on the aroma. The flavor has alcohol of course, because this is a bruiser, and a sweet spiced flavor besides that. Light fruits, allspice, ginger, bourbon, and oak. Menthol on the finish. Flat as a Lost Abbey beer and boozy as booze itself. Rare, and I respect it for that, but inherently it’s a bit of a hot mess.
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spiced up fruitcake, meet bourbon. Bourbon, meet fruitcake. A cool twist on the original. Not really the type of beer that goes into bourbon barrels. Spices still come through well, though this is very heavily barreled like all the Bruery stuff. Notes of pineapple, vanilla and wood. Not really hotter than the base even with the ramped up abv, though we did drink it colder