brokensail (15271) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5954) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep amber, no head at all. Nose of oak, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toasty sugar, dark dried fruit. Taste of brown sugar, oak, dark fruit, toasty, delicious and full bodied.
jandd1983 (3625) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Societe Party 2016. It poured a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, oak, syrup, bourbon and some toffee. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, oak, maple syrup, coconut, dark fruits and vanilla. Quite good.
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
As Sucré New American Oak, the most ’basic’ of the different versions tasted at the Bierboom in Bruges. Thin, off-white head dissolving quickly, translucent mahogany robe, lightly hazy. Fantastic nose: intense cranberry, hazelnut, fig, toffee, wet wood, vanilla tannins, sherry, toasted bread, old furniture, dried banana, amaretto, marmelade... Sweet candied orange, white raisn and candied berries in the onset balanced with a deep basic, vague sourishness, very soft carbo, oily and thickly vinous mouthfeel, lovely caramelly and somewhat nutty malt body, candi sugar sweetness on top, lightly bitterish toasted effect in the end with lots of lovely drying wood and sherryish, long, warming alcohol which does not burn at any point. Intense, but packed with flavour, this is a very impressive barley wine indeed - rather than an ’old ale’ in the classic sense of the word.
markextrae (3204) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by a friend. poured a murky brown colour with a off head on top. nose is sweet caramel malts, raisins, caramel fudge, dark fruits, prunes, burned caramel, slight alcohol heat. slight sweet cacao notes.sweet apples. slight vanilla oak notice. sticky mouthfeel. and a bit to sweet
superspak (4309) - 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 (5255) - 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 (16925) - 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 (3695) - 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 (1653) - 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 (2279) - 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