b79turner (215) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Wow! Fantastic! This beer is one of my favorites, Cuir and Coton were wonderful. The bourbon barrel aging really stands out with this beer. Definitely richer, more bourbon, a little sweeter. This is a "must try"!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimmeekrek (52) - - DEC 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Share with Dembonz to celebrate the end of Novembeer. MASSIVE beer here. Huge flavors of molasses and bourbon, as well as caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, but not overly sweet. Great bottle to share. Thanks again Wrye, this was amazing.
demmbonz (438) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared bottle #00038 with NovemBEER founders jimmeekrek and linzbeth on 11/30. Sweet and syrupy. HUGE oak/bourbon aroma. Fruity and delicious. One of the best things Iíve tasted...plant, animal, or beer.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man this beer is a beast. Itís not a beer to drink by yourself thatís for sure. Shared last night with the guys. Big thanks to Ryan for hosting and providing so many great bottles. This may have been my favorite. Although you certainly could taste the alcohol. At 15.5% itís kinda hard to cover it up. Each sip was an explosion of flavor. Layered complexity. It just went on and on. Would gladly drink this again. Easily the best Old Ale that Iíve ever experience. The bourbon barrel works seamlessly for this beer. Nuanced and amazing.
beerbastard (631) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
My Thanksgiving beer! Damn good choice on my part! Yellow waxed top. Cloudy brown, no head, but it had legs. Big malty Burbon nose with wood, vanillas, and booze. Very strong malty Burbon flavors, followed by dark fruits. Well blended with a aged taste and aromas to it. Warming! Fantastic! Worth the price, for a special occasion.
RichTheVillan (1971) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wine; I knew from pouring this would be a wow beer great aroma flowing from the glass heavy caramel infused alcohol, pours dark brown slight head, first sip gives off big alcohol vibes with sweet bourbon tastes, this is a big impressive beer. Plum, raisin, winter fruits, xmas pudding, awkward wax cap. Want to try again ended up sniffing the last morsel of drink in the glass.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: The body is a beautiful dark brown, it appears clear but itís hard to tell, there is almost no head, just a thin tan head with poor retention.
Aroma: The aroma is very heavy on oak, very woody, light bourbon notes, hints of vanilla, almost all barrel here, but thereís some dark fruits as well, grapes come to mind.
Taste: This is dominated by dark fruits, black cherries, grapes, very wine-like. The barrel notes are very tame compared to the aroma, oak is throughout with some bourbon and light vanilla on the finish, warming alcohol goes down the throat.
Palate: Thick and very lightly carbonated.
Overall: This is very winey and I like it, this is complex and a very good sipper, my biggest gripe with this is the price and getting the wax off. I have another bottle Iíll age for a while and see how it turns out.
48FanInCali (652) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maple color pour with thin head. Nose of bourbon, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet with a vanilla, wood, and a good booze kick. A tad bit hot but the BA versions of this series do very well with time. This annual offering (the series) from the Bruery is crazy good.
poisoneddwarf (1603) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Initial rating, as íFruet,í 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; itís sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8
7/24/13 rating, as íBoisí: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. Iím really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0
brenn79 (1414) - Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours a very hazy and dense dark brown to red with a one finger head that reduces to a blanket of tan foam. Aroma is massive complex, I get bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt, very nice. Taste is the same, but with a kind of gritty taste to it, alcohol is noticeable, but at 15.5%, what do you expect. Body is thick, full, carbonation is medium to almost high. Overall the aroma was slightly better, but I thought it was great.