fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
had on tap at Thunder Canyon Brewery. 10 oz pour
A-- Dark plum color, no carbonation, no head except a bit of off brown film. No Lacing as drank it.
S-- Spices, raisin, dark fruits and a lot of spice. ABV is hidden pretty well but on the tin side.
T-- Dark fruits, sweet rum taste. A lot of raisin. Think raisin bread. A bit of a medicinal taste in this.
M-- Medium carbonation. A little sweet and medicinal.
D-- Good to try once and that was it. Thought the ABV was at 9.7% but not sure. Got heavier as I drank onwards and was hard to finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ TC - Pours a clear brown color with a medium size light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon and dark esters. Flavor is esters, vanilla, oak/bourbon, and lightly sweetened malt. Medium to full body. A very nice beer.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer arrives from the tap with an amber tinged, tan colored, 1/2 finger thick head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color, that shows a clear, dark red tinged amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweet and fruity with caramelized sugar notes, as well as distinct aromas characteristic of candi sugar. Other notes I am able to pull out remind me of figs, toasted malt, molasses and a brown bread whole grain character. Surprisingly, the oak does not seem to play a role in aroma; it might influence the toasted character here that seems to be predominantly contributed by the malt. The nose is more subtle than I would prefer with various caramel / candi notes being dominant; it could use some balancing spicy and / or oak notes to make it more interesting and multi-dimensional.
Up front, the beer is sweet tasting with lots of lingering caramelized, candi sugar flavors. It takes a second but the finish has light spiciness to it, a hint of astringency, a touch of toasted wood and a very mild oak flavor. The texture of this beer is very smooth; there is only a hint of carbonation (it is served directly from the barrel) and it seems to drink smaller than sweetness and viscosity would suggest. This is not aggressively sweet, but it is enough so that it accents dark fruit notes that seem more generic than anything but there does seem to be some noticeable prune and dried fig flavors here. Fruity molasses flavors meld with hints butterscotch, both of which are likely contributed by the candi sugar. The finish has a peppery bite to it, a touch of green woodiness and a hint / suggestion of hop bitterness as well as a definite woody astringency that is quite light. The alcohol is pretty well hidden here; as the beer warms, some heat and spice from the oak is noticeable in the finish.
The oak here is very subtle, enough that I would never have guessed that this was aged in an oak barrel, but the oak does add complexity with its spice and toasted woody hints; the base beer lacked this boosted complexity and it really needs this as it would be cloying otherwise. Age has rounded the malt character with suggestions of oxidation adding a needed complexity. This is much more enjoyable than the base beer, raw oak barrel influence though subtle are probably at a perfect level for this beer. It doesn’t intrude and keeps this beer an easy drinking experience; more might add too much astringency and spicy heat that would unbalance the character that this beer has achieved.
Sledutah (6255) - Utah, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Thunder Canyon
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with a nice beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, vanilla and woody
Taste: Toasted malts, vanilla, sweet caramel and bourbon
A very nice beer. I could have sipped on these all night.
Ontbeertaster (2361) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery, this one pours a nice dark brown to reddish colour, it had an aroma of dark fruit and yeasty notes. The taste was quite dry with the woodness of the barrels coming through the beer was an interesting tasting stuff. one of the better barrel aged beers I have tasted.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was told that the barrel this was aged in was in fact originally a bourbon barrel, but that a beer had already been aged in it so most of the bourbon character was gone. Pours dark mahogany with orange hues and a medium tan head. Aroma is out of this world. Stone fruits, candied sugar, bourbon, vanilla, sticky toffee. Flavor is rich caramel and toffee with again the esters that come off as dark stone fruits ending with sweet vanilla and bourbon. This was unbelievably drinkable for a barrel aged 9 percent quad. Although I was told this was the 2nd use of the barrel, the barrel elements where still there but I guess more subdued and let more of the base beer shine which was very nice. Without a doubt my favorite offering from Thunder Canyon to date, I really hope this finesse with the barrel continues!