ineedbeer (426) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is odd with with some dark caramel, toffee and chocolate aromas. Quite a bit of fruit but more prune, plum and raisin with only hints of apricot. Some alcohol spice in the finish. Light bourbon character.
Pours a murky brown with some sediment in the glass even on the first pour. A slight gusher with a tan head of medium thickness and average retention. Medium sized legs but no lacing.
Flavor is alright with a slight tartness but not something I would consider an infection; more likely I would attribute to an odd blend of fruit and malt or using some sub par fruit. Moderate caramel, toffee and toasted bread with a light chocolate character. Moderate fruit notes of raisin, prune and plum. Medium bitterness with a bit of alcohol spice in the finish. I get some medium light bourbon notes towards the end but no oak character. Apricot is light but noticeable.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation; carbonation is definitely to high for the style. Medium low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a better beer than I was expecting based on some reports, but a worse beer then what I samples on tap. On the whole apricot just seems like a weird fruit to blend with an old ale and it did not work.
wheresyourball (370) - El Cajon, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours a brown ruby color. Huge bubbly head exploding from the bottle and the glass; fizzy, like their year-end holiday beers. Nose is sweet with faint apricot. Taste is malt, apricot, spice, really not much barrel. Medium mouthfeel. Decent but I do regret buying 3 of these.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 750 ML bottle. Pours cola brown with a ton of gushing head that quickly disappears. I popped the bottle and had to run to the sink as it was overflowing. Aroma is largely apricots and some brown sugar. Taste is really weak. I was expecting much more sweetness and some barrel, but not anywhere to be found. I had such high hopes for this one, but really disappointing.
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle Reserve Society shared with Adam. Murky brown color with thin ring of head. Nose is light notes of apricot, Stale English malt and stale caramel malts. Flavor is bittersweet notes of cinnamon, molasses and a somewhat herbaceous quality. Where is the bourbon barrel flavor? This was aged in bourbon barrels? Flavor is a big disappointment from the higher standard I come to expect from this brewery. Glad we only got one bottle from the Reserve Society.
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reserve society pickup split with my buddy Chris. Not to spoil things but thank God I only bought one
A - Very very cloudy, sort of a toilet water red / brown. 3 finger fluffy head.
S - Very tart with Apricot juiciness. Minor level of booziness but nothing crazy.
T - Taste is interesting. It reminds me a lot like Sweet Tart candies. sweetness, tart, with oak and vanilla and some coconut. very fruity but overall a flat boring end.
M - Slightly creamy but overall a standard mouthfeel. Not mind blowing
O - This was pretty good. It needed more old ale sweet / booziness or more apricot fruit. Not too impressive but not a huge financial commitment luckily.
Mora2000 (5140) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with a small tan head. The aroma and flavor have some caramel and toffee notes as well as some molasses, oak and vanilla. I get a hint of apricot but it is hidden behind the bolder flavors. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Nice, if a bit odd. Glad I got to try it.
Errl (1104) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with no head..Nose is apricot, earth, tobacco, sweet, caramel,odd spice, bourbon, very much going on..Taste is barrel, chocolate, vanilla, pulp, apricot skins, odd spice, bitter..
deekyn (852) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- pours a hazy red brown with a solid several fingers of light red khaki head that last. Good lacing. S- apricots, grass, zinc, lemons, grapefruit, jasmine, mild cloves, latex, mustiness, alcohol and floral notes. Some rhubarb. M- light to medium tart body with a slightly sweet light palate. Good carbonation. T- malts, apricots, grasses and lemon up front. Astringent, jasmine, muddled citrus in the middle. Ending is clean and dry with more lemon notes, spices, apricots, and grasses.
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750-ml bottle. Deep brown in color with an enormous three-finger head that resembles latte foam. Very sweet nose of apricot, caramelized brown sugar, some cinnamon, slight plum-like Belgian yeast, and freshly baked pie crust. Both sweet and tart flavors compete early with tones of spoiled apricots, caramel, sugar-coated figs, and brown sugar. The finish is fairly tart with sour mash and tart apricot, but light cinnamon and oak flavors emerge right at the end to temper the tartness. All bourbon and alcohol notes are practically absent. Very smooth palate. Good, but it doesn’t quite match the bourbon-soaked apricot flavor from when I tried it awhile back at the Bruery tasting room.
Haslinger (804) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 pours a brownish ruby color. Decent head very little aroma but slightly sweet nose. Taste is good, some malt and a little apricot but not much. Coudln’t taste much of the bourbon in it. Solid wouldn’t turn one down but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase