mabel (8640) - 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 (8155) - 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 – 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 didn’t really notice.
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar at the DC Local Gathering. Brown-amber color. Very minimal to no carbonation. Syrupy thick, rather brutal. Lots of fruity alcohol malt taste. Not unlike some quality Liqueur..maybe GM? Bourbony thickness. Pretty nice for a liqueur-like beer.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle (#3376 of 4777): Complex aroma of dark ripe fruits, candi sugar, dark malts, spicy oak, slight wood, slight alcohol, light roasting, prunes, brown sugar, light raisins, and hints of vanilla and bourbon. Poured dark brown in color with a tiny, whispy, brown head that lasted around the edges. Opaque. Does not appear to be sparkling. Very complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of dark ripe fruits, slight bourbon, slight alcohol, light caramel, tobacco, oak, raisins, slight vanilla, and a hint of sugar. Full body. Smooth, viscous texture. Soft texture. Sweet, oak, dark ripe fruit, and tobacco finish is lightly dry. 14.5%ABV is well hidden.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks bvc! No pff upon opening, very still in the glass. Caramel smoked goodness on the nose. Hot with alcohol, sticky sweet like a fresh barleywine.
dmac (5587) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Oak Tree. Pours an unimpressive muddy brown with a small ugly looking bubbly beige head. Aroma is a welcome change to the doggy appearance and has lots of complexity, notes of grape juice, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, vinous qualities, wood barrel. Body is thin to slightly thinner then average, the alcohol is beyond well hidden...no Fn way does drink like a 14.5% monster but more like a 8-9% slightly stronger then average beer. Flavor is fruity and grapey, oak, bourbon, slight vanilla, toffee, some alcohol. Wish I had a second bottle to age for several years but sadly I only bought one.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at BCTC, though I still have one sitting around here from BMan which I think I’ll be looking to let age for a bit now. Pours an oily black to brown with a thin white head. Really nice aromas on here with caramel, wood, vanilla, and coffee, and just the faintest hint of bourbon. Medium bodied and sweet with a nice candy and coffee component. Finishes almost hot and boozy, but just barely, more of a suggestion of alcohol than anything big and glaring, and just a touch of burnt sugar. Really well done.
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac for sharing this one. Pours out a cloudy ruby hued brown color with light carbonation and a small lacing off white head. Aroma is of earthy nut notes, caramel, vanilla, oak, a slightly vinous note and a slight indication of booze. Taste is complex with notes of oak, vanilla, molasses some lingering earthy notes, and a slightly boozy finish creeps through, but not nearly as boozy as one would expect from a 14.5% brew.
juiceisloose (1309) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with little carbonation and just a thin bubbly film stis on top. The body is thick and leaves a nice coating down the glass. The aroma is really nice and very complex showing notes of rich caramel, brown sugar, figs and raisins. Further inhalation reveals burnt toffee, old wood, and bourbon. The flavor follows and it is just as intense with tons of the caramel and burnt toffee malts to go with the dark fruits and chocolate. The barrels impart the usual oaky vanilla and notes of old wood and leather. Full bodied on the mouthfeel with subtle carbonation and a slick mouthfeel and nice warming finish from the alcohol. I’d love to see how this does in a year or so, but right now it’s a really nice old ale.
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-08-01. Very hazy dark brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Alcoholic aroma, malts, something I can’t put my finger on, caramel, bourbon like vanilla. Alcohol shows up in the flavour as well, though not as much as you might expect for 14.5%. Malt is a bit odd, dry touches, alcohol really dominates which quashes some of the finer points. Touch woody in the background. Bit rough overall. Average plus palate. Bottle at BCTC 2009