Koelschtrinker (9543) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Zu süßer Antrunk mit Vanillenoten. Gerade die Vanillenoten retten auch den Mittelteil, der sonst viel zu süß ist. Rumnoten, fruchtig, OK. 10/11/8/12/12/11
jcnielsen (1330) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla aromas. A lot of vanilla, sweet/sugary, bourbon, chocolate in the flavors.
beerbaaron (698) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2012 vintage. Pours a very dark ruby brown. Short fizzy head. Just phenomenal. Deep, complex, rich, luscious. Despite the abv the alcohol presence is subtle, smooth bourbon. Dark fruit, raisin, port, caramel, chocolate... so much going on and so balanced and smooth its hard to pick things out while all I’m thinking is ’wow this is good’. Full body, Silky smooth, viscous, honey sweet. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Among the best beers I’ve had.
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is interesting - port wine, oak, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is a bit underwhelming because the alcohol overpowers everything else. Some notes of figs, chocolate, and oak. Too boozy for me.
burg326 (2772) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with aromas all ver the place, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, toffee, Caramel and some nuts. Flavors are the same a great mixture of that with some booze, a solid beer overall.
BelgianBeerGal (2875) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. I was honestly afraid about the large ABV for this beer but it turned out to be not too bad. This really is a big beer, just like you mixed a barley wine with an imperial stout. There is a little booze burn through in the aroma and flavor. It does have a nice mix of sweet and rich malt. Pretty good.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ale is medium dark brown in color, with a really nice nose of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine. It’s really a gorgeous beer. I’m so surprised. It’s full, flavorful, and quite exceptional. The soft, smooth, and beautiful beer is thick, with bourbon. There’s just the right amount of everything in all aspects of the beer. Its complex, and very well-blended. I’m in love with this beer.
Smurf2055 (1066) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark cola with a huge pillowy three finger off white head.
Smell big coffee and caramel, complex, raisin, red fruit, toffee. Very nice.
Taste boozy raisin, bourbon vanilla, slightly tart cranberry, red fruit, oak. Getting a lot more of the White Oak and Anniversary beer out of the flavor.
Very sweet, but not cloying. Fuller bodied.
Pretty damn good if you like big sweet beers.
Maarten1993 (102) - - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it from the bottle. Looks really nice. Does not carbonate that much, but looks nice and dark, with a small head. Smells truly rich and awesome. However, the taste is not exceptional. Sweet and chocolate but a very heavy overwhelming alcohol taste. Still a very nice beer.
merc7186 (1501) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Creamy White Head, Some Lacing
S: Bourbon, Tobacco, Raisins
T: Fig, Raisins, Bourbon (Well Balanced)
M: Decent Carbonation, Full Bodied, Smooth Sweetness
Overall, a solid well balanced strong ale with a definite barrel aged presence but doesnt overpower you. Outstanding.