brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Strong alcohol and oak notes. Almost vinous with some grape, raisin, date, char, and tobacco notes. Nice sweetness and some alcohol. The flavor is a bit tannic and savory. Big oak, charred wood, and tannin character. Sweet bread, toffee, and caramel. Apple, date, and raisin fruitiness.
superspak (3980) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/10/2013. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV. An insanely delicious offering.
GenDV138 (4591) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml dark brown glittery waxed bottle (New American Oak Sucré at 14.5% ABV) poured into a Bruery tulip. From 2014’s Preservation Society allotment. Bottled 3/21/2014. Dark brown with almost a finger of beige to light tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, booze, some oak. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, oak, some booze, sweet syrup, a little ash towards the end. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Interesting to try without any spirits in the way and just the oak barrel.
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub in Placentia, California. Hazy copper/amber beer with a nice beige head. Fruity aroma, figs, raisins, caramel, woody notes, licorice, toffee, some cream. Fruity woody flavor, warming alcohol, caramel, grapes, raisins, toffee, cocoa notes. Fullbodied and with great balance from the barrels.
MarcoDL (3403) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Bruery. Copper color. Smells like a port wine, with raisin, vanilla and oak. Taste has raisin, vanilla, soft oak and a velvety mouthfeel. Very drinkable for its abv. Good stuff.
neepsntatties (1578) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Pavlov Badzewski. Colour...a very cloudy brown with little head. Nose...brimming with barrel character and opulent with crushed Zante currants and Brooks prunes. Palate...whoa, Nelly!! Suh-weeeet!! Man, this is like a diabetic coma in a glass! Gobs of sugar syrup steeped dates, dark raisins and prunes as well as turbinado sugar and plenty of oak. These flavours are all over the palate from front to back and through the finish as well! This is definitely a sipper.
GothGargoyle (1952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hay brown with a minimal pale head. Aroma is brown sugar, orange peel, oak, honey. Full bodied, sweet on the palate with a hint of balancing oak. Taste is orange peel, brown sugar, oak
aleigator (599) - GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many, many thanks to Marcel, for providing the bottle.
Yields a mohagony, dark brown color, with a beige, small, fizzy head.
Has aromas of glazed malts, melted marshmellows, a good amount of oak, all wrapped up by warming booze. Apparently quite sweet, with molasses as the icing on the cake, bound together by wooden coconut, lots of flowery vanilla and Bourbon.
Has almost no carbonation, which suits the beers full bourbony body perfectly well.
Begins with matured hops, earth and smooth bitter coffee among a slightly dry portion of wood. The sweetness soon settles among this diversed foundation, exhibiting coffee, molasses and flowery vanilla, infused by hot, warming bourbon, leading to a wooden, well balanced sweetness. Finishes with a biting, but pleasant bourbon peak among toffeeish malts and cane sugar, producing a warm glow, working down to my stomach.
The beers taste reveals much more depth, than the nose initially did. Has a lot going on, based on the bitter, balancing counterpart to the sweet molasses, which turn more present during the finish, supported by a hot, vanilla Bourbon presence. Coffee turns present again during in the end, with a slick note to it among cane sugar and alcoholic warmth, balanced by rich toffee.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where this one really shines is in the fact that it doesn’t have the same cloying, lingering sweetness as the others. The fresh wood barrel is more evident on the palate than one might have expected and it helps the beer finish cleanly. Very nice.
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/18/15] Draught at The Bruery in Placentia. As Sucré (New American Oak). Brown color, slightly reddish, with a beige head. Boozy aroma with malt, wood and some dark fruits. Sweet flavor, quite boozy, with malt, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium-bodied.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and deeply copper with a tiny, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is a rich collage of caramel, oak, maple, and brown liquor. Full-bodied and syrupy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is boozy and malty - caramel, toffee and an unexpected hint of coffee. Warming, comforting, lightly acidic finish. It’s big and alcoholic, but consumed at the proper pace, it’s quite enjoyable. Don’t wash down a burger with or gulp it through a beer bong. Bottle supplied by biggsbowler!