Getbetter (730) - Cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a tap,dark brown,no head,bourbon smell,dark fruit,chocolate,very strong alcohol taste.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to an awesome BA for hooking me up with this. Pours a dark brown with a ruby red hue. A thin, off-white, film lays across the top. This beer has some nice legs to it. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol rise up from the glass. Figs, vanilla, caramelized apples and a touch of oak in the nose as well. Smells great. Tipping back the glass reveals sweet cherries, figs and grapes mixed with caramel and bready malt. Almost has some Trappist like qualities to it. Vanilla, dark chocolate and a touch of spice. Some alcohol in the taste, but I wouldn’t guess that it was 15%. The body is smooth and creamy and the carbonation is spot on. This is an excellent beer. A perfect brew to sip next to the fire on a cold night. Highly recommended.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. Melange #3 was my first pour at the Rare Beer Tasting and the dude filled my cup w/ about 5 oz of this stuff... wow. Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger tan head. Huge bourbon nose with layers of dark fruit, sweet malts and wood notes. Medium body with big roasted malts, more dark fruit, a general sweetness, bourbon, oak, vanilla, etc... Hot finish with more barrel notes. This is an extreme and intense sipper that will keep going for years. I picked up the Black Tuesday a lot in here along with the Papier... I didn’t really notice the elements of White Oak too much.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle label says this beer is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak, and the 2 anniversary blends. Pours black with thin head. Aroma is very complex. Woody, sherry, coffee, toffee butterscotch, and booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is very layered and complex. This is a big beer. Sherry, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, oak, and finishes a bit hot right now. Simply a great and amazing brew.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle…RBSG 2010… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet is all about dried plum, crusted port, chocolate and caramel. Full-bodied and silky with relaxed carbonation. The flavor is sweet, burnt and bitter. Also acrid with light acidity. Dried plum and blackstrap molasses. Considering the base beers used in this blend, The Bruery couldn’t have been more spot-on. Moderately sweet and moderately tart finish. Kudos to giarcsr for shipping this bottle directly to Michigan for me to share!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch at the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a medium brown color with a thin beige head. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla on the nose. Soft sweet roasty, caramel and bourbon. Medium bodied. Warms slowly. Long vanilla and chocolate pudding. Light spicy alcohol on the finish.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Small Bar. Pours black with a creamy beige head that becomes a ring Rich nose of bourbon oak vanilla dark fruits ripe fruits Rich chocolate red fruits in the flavor. Lots of alcohol that’s covered up by the sticky sweet fruits. Not boozy for 17%. Fruits, chocolate , and alcohol blend well. 8/4/9/4/16
I sampled some of this out of the bottle at RBSG and found it to be a completely different beer. Thin falling apart with alcohol and fruit in a mess. Nothing like this on tap.
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBSG 2010. Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy balanced toasted sweet malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish with a warming burn of long duration. This is a standout beer.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
alfrantzell graciously hooked me up with a bottle each of the new reserve releases. I’m pretty excited to finally try some of their bigger brews.
A - Pours a dark brown with tan head. Sits black in the glass with a spot or two of lace.
S - The is the best part of the beer. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, a little fig, and oh wait, another heaping of alcohol...
T - Considering this is a blend of three ridiculously big beers and then thrown in a barrel extra long, there’s a little too much going on. Way too sweet, caramel, candi sugar, alcohol, molasses, candi sugar, alcohol, vanilla, candi sugar, oak, chocolate, and candi sugar.
M/D - This is a pure dessert beer. Low carbonation, a little thin, and only able to barely sip on.
The Bruery needs to invest in 25mL bottles for these ridiculous offerings they keep putting out. It’s like an overpowering whiskey, it needs to be diluted so you can actually enjoy it. Last night 5 people were at a tasting and there was still 5oz left in the bottle that was poured down the drain. This was a disappointment considering the availability and price. I think I’m done with the ultra huge BA beers.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG Tasting. Thanks Hopscotch! Sweet, caramel, plum. Cigary old tasting. Nothing too special. Underattenuated. Harsh alcohol, but it does bring it together.