Ontape (206) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, picked up late this year -- after the infection news broke. Is it infected? I can’t say for sure as I never tried the 2012. It does finish lightly tart, but if you’re a sour beer drinker you wouldn’t really call it sour. I didn’t expect to like this and was impressed. Pours a light orange with a white head ring. Smell is big-time chocolate / white chocolate. Taste gives, you choco backed with fruit and that light tart note. Surprisingly drinkable at almost 15%. It’s a celebration kinda night and this was a great choice. Wanted to age this one but we truly enjoyed it right now.
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 5 oz. pour at the 2013 Strong Ale Festival at Pizza Port in Carlsbad (village), CA.
Very hazy, medium dark oak color with no head and no lacing.
Aroma of white chocolate, caramel and orange.
Taste of orange, cloves , caramel and white chocolate.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Dadsgiving, thanks to ?, 24/11/13.
Hazed orange amber with a thin off white head.
Nose is tarte fruit, bourbon woody tang, rye, caramel fudge.
Taste comprises white chocolate sliver, vanilla fudge, mellow, caramac, bourbon soaked wood, mellow fruits.
Medium bodied with bite, soft carbonation, dry finish.
Nice drop - mellow, the booze is well hidden for 14 !
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the bruery store. Pours light yellow. Aroma of vanilla and booze. Taste has a weird tartness going on. Like on the way to sour but in that weird area still. Peanuts and vanilla as well
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours cloudy blonde with a short off-white head and a bourbon and vanilla aroma. There is a cider-like wheat flavor with some vanilla, lots of bourbon and a hint of white chocolate. Pretty sour. Is it supposed to be? Whatever, it’s pretty good.
blipp (5842) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a white head. Chocolate sweetness, milk sugar, nilla wafer, and bourbon. Big and sweet and boozy. Not awful, but I can’t imagine ever wanting more than a few ounces of this.
MarinEvelyn (525) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Aroma is a little hard to distinguish. There is some white chocolate, alcohol, sweet, sugar. Dessert-like. Almost a frosted character. Overall hard to pin down. Flavor is also very unique. Never had anything quite like it. Lots of bourbon, some white chocolate Soft and creamy. Possibly too much alcohol taste, almost doesn’t seem like a beer, but still good and unique.
beerbaaron (1131) - Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 2012 vintage. Pours a ’dingy’ orange, disappearing head. Aroma is its strongest attribute. So unique! I really do get a white chocolate impression here. Sweet. Sugar. Dessert-like. Almost a frosted character. Overall hard to pin down. Flavor is also very unique. Never had anything quite like it. White chocolate for sure. Plenty of bourbon. Medium to full body. Soft and creamy. A bit too much hot alcohol which holds it back somewhat for me. Overall a quite complex and unique beer experience.
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a ring of froth. Nose is big on the vanilla and cacao, the sweetness tempered by the wood and bourbon. Body thinnner than hoped for. The slight vinous tang tells me little buggers have been eating up the richness. Tasty enough though and at 14%+ i won’t care after a few glasses. Taste is buttery caramel, white wine, vanilla and bourbon.
DrewFace (706) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottle. Pours a hazy light orange color. Aroma has a nutty character, chocolate, cream, and sweet. Nutty, tart, sweet, chocolate, boozy....don’t really get the white chocolate character. Nothing offensive but fairly tart and sweet.