HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I mean, it smells really good, rich caramel, some fruitiness, fringes of bourbon. But it’s extremely sweet, to the point of being saccharine, and I couldn’t drink more than 2 or 3 oz. This anniversary series has been a disappointment to me, and was actually kind of a signal to me that my palate was moving far past booze for booze sake beers.
Homer321 (3952) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Broken Barrel anniversary. Murky brownish pour with minimal head. Nose is papery with oxidation. Taste is slightly better. Super sweet raisins, overall ok.
jackl (6779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The Levi Tasting. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma is salty, rich. Chocolate. Similar flavor. Umami. Salty. Rich. Leathery. Full body, oily.
thomashall (626) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Caramel brown pour. Sweet boozy aroma. Taste follows, nice balance between sweet and boozy. Great stuff.
Bacterial (2759) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage shared by Caleb - thanks!! Dark brown pour, massive toffee nose. Smooth, sweet, boozy, bourbon, really nice!
BVery (9260) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Caleb! Amber brownish orange pour. Boozy. Wood. Diabetes sugary, like many of Bruery’s beers. But it’s good.
sir__v (1859) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as Cuir @ The Drunk Monk, Mataro - Spain. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Oily and really sweet beer. Smell: roasted malt, coffee domination. Very superb complexity. Really nice caramel and sweet domination. Barrel notes. Very complex. Taste: full body super oily. Very sweet and with high coffee roasted malt. Chocolate notes. Really amazing. Aftertaste: coffee and barrel notes. Thanks for this beer!
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bruery’s second anniversary beer, vintage bottle at Bruery Sucre Tasting in Bierboom in Bruges. Thin, off-white, lacing head, quickly dissolving in the middle; translucent, coppery burgundy colour, misty. Intense and perfumey aroma of red wine, caramel, hazelnuts, wet oak, vanilla tannins, old madera, cranberry, blue plum, sherry, marmelade, rosehip. Intense, candied sweetness in the mouth paired with dried mushroom-like umami accents, brown sugar sweetness lingering but not cloying; thick but smooth caramelly and honeyish, lightly nutty malt sweetness leading to warming, brandy-like alcohol, quite strongly so and a bit wry, but not disturbing so much seen this beer’s great complexity; drying woodiness and lovely retronasal vanilla tannins make for a pleasant aftertaste. Great beer, but obviously much more a barley wine than an old ale.
ClarkVV (5367) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Original vintage 750mL from WholeFoods, drunk 2/20/16.
Murky mahogany body is probably quite clear, though it’s not determinable. Dark beige head atop slowly but steadily fades to nothing.
Lots of chocolate, raisin, light toasted character and tons of prune and grapey-soy oxidation. The alcohol is certainly there, though not harsh/hot at this point. The chocolate-like malt character is pleasant enough but that’s about the only enjoyable aspect.
More of the same in the flavor, with low/loose carbonation, too much sweetness (since this is a Bruery beer) and lots of dirt, earth, prune and milk chocolate that just don’t go well together with the heavy cherry-vanilla notes. I don’t know how I ever liked old stouts/old ales/barleywines. They’re way too sweet/syrupy and boozey young and then you’ve gotta find a very small window before they’re flat and oxidized.
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 2011 vintage, thanks ClarkVV. Dirty brown color. Aroma is oxidation, wet cardboard, dark fruit and caramel.
Flavor is heavy oxidation. Some dark fruit but this has sat to long. Really to long. Ouch
Chalumeaux (933) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV red brown with a nice beige head. Aromas of dark fruit caramel and molasses. Taste is caramel bomb with lingering alcohol burn. Whoa.