kathouse (1607) - Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally pulled this from my cellar. Still has that toffee and burnt sugar aromas, but the flavor has been nicely mellowed from the Madeira. Not too sweet or cloying with plenty of fruit left. Alcohol has definitely been tempered with aging. This is a very nice sipper.
slowrunner77 (9940) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite as vinous and tart as the port ba version, and I like it a touch more for that. Still very barrel heavy and toeing the line between big and sweet, and overbearing. Lots going on...boozy oak and berries, still very malt driven with an ever so slight sweet tart twang. Very good, just not a $30 beer.
Alengrin (4451) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in the Bierboom. Looks the same as the New American Oak version. Aroma very similar as well, but expectedly showing more alcohol, though not necessarily strongly madera-like; comes close to the Port version, but more subtle. Same for the taste, very comparable to the Port version but less sweet, with subtle soy sauce flavour and grape peel wryness added. Very boozy like the other ones, but with more tolerable alcohol than the others, apart from the NAO version. One of the best ones in the series, to my personal palate at least.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during Bengals Tailgate 12/13/15. Hazy brown red color. Good thin khaki head, leaves good ropes of lace. Dark fruit, nice wood barrel notes, earthy, mild caramel. Mild oxidization type notes, touch of paper and sherry. Nice long finish. Moderate-plus sweet taste, not as much as you’d expect for the ABV though. Decent dryness. Mild bitter. Some mild warmth. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Medium to bigger body. Light slick texture. Lighter carbonation. A solid big beer. Hides the ABV pretty well, it works. Well done for what it is.
Tmoney99 (13336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sugar, dark fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy amber color with a finger of cascading beige head. Looks lovely. Aroma of caramel, oak, graham cracker, dried fruits, esters, and vanilla. Flavor of stone fruits and berries - surprisingly sour, with oak, caramel, vanilla, wine grapes, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a fruity, juicy, mildly sour and sweet mouthfeel. I wasn’t prepared for the aggressive fruit profile here. It’s probably a sign of being past its prime.
alexsdad06 (8901) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, Madeira barrel, wood, sweet character lasts through the finish, big, but not overly boozy, ok in small amounts.
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Deep amber sweet luxurious malty aroma. Almost syrupy malty sweetness. Light toasted barrel flavors and a smooth finish. A desert beer.
BuckeyeBoy (5796) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a crisp amber topped with a tan head. Nose is super sweet barrel vanilla pit fruit toffee lots of booze. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness booze barrel notes pit fruit vanilla.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled December 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-brown color that shows a lightly hazed, red-tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma definitely reminds me of madiera, or perhaps moreso even sherry, with an oxidized, sweet, nutty, vinous, dark fruit character suggestive of concentrated plums, touches of caramelized apples, and a rich, sweetened, nut-bread of some sort. Oak character plays a supporting role here, though it is definitely noticeable, with aromas of woody-oak, an oaken spiciness, and a bit of woody peppery character, as well as a fresh cut woodiness.
Thick, rich, and viscous, the beer definitely lingers on the palate with some heft; there is an effervescent carbonation here (this is actually well carbonated) that attempts to lighten this up a bit. The beer is not as sweet as the aroma might have suggested, but it is still on the sweet side, but this is well balanced by nutty aged notes, toasted grain, and even some bitter notes in the finish that are played up by the alcohol. Dark fruit notes are brought out by the sweetness, and not quite as prominent as it is in the aroma; prune, some fig-cake like notes, and caramelized raisin are all quite noticeable. The oak character provides a spiciness, an astringency, and a anchoring woody flavor to the rest of the beer here.
As with all of these beers, this is good in small amounts. I like that the Maidera does not overwhelm the base beer and keeps this from being overly hot, though this is certainly warming. Too big and too alcoholic to really be my cup of tea, but I can’t say I am not enjoying this. This does manage to achieve a nice balance such that it is not overly cloying, and with the aged character is much better than Black Tuesday.