talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 2009 vintage. Interesting pour; very dark burgundy color (nearly black) with a seemingly minimal head but with some time and a few swirls it becomes small, yellowish-tan, and frothy with very large bubbles; the head is lasting but leaves no lace. The nose is still young but pleasant with a big note of brandy, lots of maple, oaky vanilla, English toffee, light raisin, and scorched dark sugars; nice now but certainly will be better in a couple of years. Flavor is different, in a good way, very vinous and port-like with much more of a fruit presence; initially I get a huge burst of raisins and plums, then the intense bourbon/brandy burn before mellowing with notes of chocolate, toffee, light maple, burnt caramel, scorched dark sugars, light molasses, and hints of prunes, earth, and burnt oak. The palate is warm first of all, very full, soft, velvety, and lightly syrupy; a perfect mouthfeel for the beer but still too warm, even for me. Finishes very long with burned oak, raisin, maple, toffee, and some herbs on the very end (sage?). From the start I really thought that I should have waited to open this one for a couple of years, but it was actually very good. Still I would to try this one with some time in the cellar to calm the intense warmth down just a bit. The flavor was amazing with so many complex, complementary flavors from the fruity Belgian yeast, the sweet malts, and the additional barrel notes. I donít know if I would call this an old ale but it was very interesting and unique, a style all its own. Hopefully I get the chance to try this one with a couple of years in the cellar. Truly one of a kind.
2010 vintage, now called Coton as opposed to Papier. I am perplexed at this one; the appearance has much more head, the nose and flavor are much less warm, the palate is not as warm but still not perfect, and the flavor is not as flavorful. The beer seems similar to last yearís anniversary brew but not entirely the same. All in all, this year seems like it is much less young but does not carry the body or flavor of last year. I definitely did not feel like I was drinking a 14.5% beer. Different category ratings but the same overall rating 8-4-9-4-17.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 Black with a thin tan bubble ring for a head. Nose is oaky with heavy maple, some alcohol, and chocolate. Flavor is equally strong, a hot blast of chocolate and bourbon with more raisin than the nose, maple, and some dry wood in the finish. Very sticky, intense stuff, booze blasting throughout. Too strong and bruising for me to call it great, but quite good.7371314
On tap at Maxís for acbw. on tap at maxís. tepid chestnut, thin oily cream collar. Nose is empty, maple, chocolate, and a light vinegar. Flavor has heavy stinging sugar, light ethanol, chesnut and pumpernickel, bit of plastic and playdoh in finish. Stingingly chewy body, roast chocolate milkshake finish. Not offensive as most Bruery, but still weak, heavy sweetness masking most of the beer. 636211
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one definitely will do well with age, but is a decent sipper (if not a bit sweet and hot) right now. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and maple in aroma. Murky, rusty Mississippi mud color with a hint of Sedona red. Only a few massive bubbles on the pour but, surprisingly, an eggshell ring springs from the brew and stays throughout the event. Dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and smoke are discovered in the flavor. Also has some bourbon-like qualities and finishes with a little alcohol punch. Thick, syrupy, but with enough carbonation to ignite the palate. Massive malt bomb!!! Solid and you wonít have a hard time feeling the 14.5% ABV!!!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Alldeybrewin for sending this beauty! Pours dark dark brown with some faint tan bubbles and a microscopic ring of foam for a head (leaves plenty of lacing though). Aroma is everything I wanted it to be: brown sugar, maple, strong raisins, prunes, wood, raspberry, toast, and hints of chocolate. Itís like an earthier sweet sherry. Taste follows suite with flavors of maple, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon/wood, and prunes. Finishes with the bourbon and wood coming through first followed by a sort of hazelnut coffee flavor, toast, and a dry, bitter woody aftertaste that lasts. This may be the first time Iíve had a beer this sweet that dries out this effectively. Whatever hops are here work magic in the finish. Thick and viscous, the carbonation is only slightly lower than where it should be despite the appearance. Detectable heat, but it could be much worse. Like a big sweet sherry, but with more earth/maple balancing out the prune/raisin qualities. I LOVE this.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a barely existant off white head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, oak, dark malts, candi sugars, figs, rasins, yeasts and alcohol. Flavor is all over the board, dark malts, carmelized candi sugar, rasins, figs, yeast, and some really nice barrel characteristics. A bit thick and syrupy but still awesome stuff.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour. The nose is quite lovely with loads of soft licorice, sweet plums and lots of chewy dark malts. A bit of molasses and a lightly cherryish fruitiness as well. Sweet cocoa on the palate initially, but it is quickly joined by blackstrap molasses, date honey, and intensely salty savoury character. In many ways, this reminds me of their imperial stout. Rich, sweet, sticky and intense.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, brown sugar, dates, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of caramel malt, raisins, vanilla, and dates. Tasty!
markwise (5135) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tpd975... what can I say but thanks. Pours brown-red with an off-white head. Nose is hair-burning booze, raisins, booze, brandy, booze, plum, dates, figs, brown sugar, and more booze. Flavor is delicious with booze, raisins, booze, dates, figs, plums, brandy, and rich, delicious caramel. Exquisite beer. Full-bodied and, as IBrew2or3 would say, full of yum all the way.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2404-20090801] Bottle. Mild fruity malt and wood aroma with a sweet roast background. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick light brown foamy head. Dry barrel wood roast flavour has a long sweet finish. Medium-full body. Nice, full-bodied and rich.
(w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another big thanks to tpd975 for bringing this tasty brew to the tasting. It pours murky copper Ė brown with thin tan head. The aroma is full of dates, prunes, minced sweet cherries and a bit of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth rich yummy goodness with a sweet mix of caramel, dates, prunes, sweet rip plums and figs. Wow! Rich creamy and sweet. It finishes smooth and with a sense of the big ole ABV. It is on the sweet side but it is so darn good I didnít really notice.