fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thanks to JCapriotti pours dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is strong brandy and vanilla with oak notes. Flavor really takes me by surprise. I mean the aroma was awesome but the flavor is not disappointing. Rich roasty brown ale with full fig and toasted malt notes ends with s rich sweet and creamy brandy flavor that complements the beer so well. This is top notch stuff. My only complaint would be that itís a tad thin, but I feel bad even saying that.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Sweet brandy, oak
Appearance: Head is small and mostly diminishing, body hue is ruby amber
Flavor: Sweet, brandy, oak, smooth
Palate: Full bodied, creamy texture, incredibly smooth and rich
Overall: Masterfully done!
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a light tan head with lots of lace. Hazy brown color. Nose of cookies, malt, caramel, toffee, a tiny bit roasty, nutty, and of course brandy. Flavor is about the same but more intense. The brandy is a great Wisconsin touch. A bit boozy, but it works. Head does eventually disappear. One of the very best browns Iíve ever had! Had this at the Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse.l
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the elements of a brandy barrel are the first things that hit you in the aroma,little whiffs of malt wort, but the brandy, and the wood barrel itself is what gets your attention,head is typicaly low. Taste is again that very wonderful brandy taste,so different then all those bourbon barrels we have been saturated with,with touches of chocolate,hints of cherry,and just a touch of hop bitterness, body is just a hair above medium,wish it would be just a touch meatier,but it still is a sipper ,that lovely brandy barrel taste just lingers like the kiss of a high class broad in your mouth
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle with Brewblackhole(Thanks!)Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head.Wonderful malt aroma,then POW,big waft of smoooth brandy aromas hit ya.Little subtle hints of cherries float in the background.This broad has a wonderful flavors of malt and smooth,smooth brandy with a slight alcohol bite in the end.Great Stuff!
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Pours a hazy red brown with a minimal tan head. Nose is a light cherry and wood. Hits hard with alcohol heat but leaves with layers of flavors. Cherry, brandy, vanilla, allspice, wood, more vanilla, oak. A parfait of malts and wood. Best by these guys Iíve had. I need to get by there more often.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy, mahogany chestnut color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, nuts, sticky caramel malts, charred smoke, and vanilla. Taste of more chewy caramel malts, vanilla, smoke, brandy, vanilla, and light dried fruits, with a fair amount of alcohol in the finish.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
YUmmmMY! f(brandy barrel, porter, brandy barrel X porter) = great > f(bourbon barrel, imperial stout, bourbon barrel X imperial stout). filmy carbonation, oak. YESSS
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from MotorToddHead. Thanks Todd! Your wonderfully insane! Wow. What an excellent sweet buttery oak aged aroma. Nice burn from alcohol and carbonation. Pretty cool Very good beer. Tyranena rocks!
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks, kajerm, for picking this up from wisconsin. i actually just licked the open-cut face of an eggplant to reset my palate before drinking this. before it i had a flemish sour. aroma is chocolate in the front, then the rest is all jack daniels. i donít drink much whiskey, so thatís what it smells like. less wood and bourbon than a lot of barrel stuff, instead that distinct brand. as i smell it more the whiskey steps aside somewhat and a fruit chocolate really makes it smell great. iím so surprised by that chocolate. appearance is just like the beer i had before it: deep plum rind color but with some evident suspension lending a thick body. itís been a while since iíve had a beer where i could just sit smelling it for a few minutes, but this one does that. iím glad that whiskey went away. letís try it... wow, this is a really well crafted beer. as i took the first step, the combination of taste and smell was all jack again, but the flavor was a lot different than expected. a very balanced chocolate base with wood and fruit overtones gave way to a bit of a brandyish finish. it tastes like it has all the liquor contribution without having any direct ethanol flavor or burn. maybe iím drinking this too cold. smaller sips are better than large ones because you miss a lot of the complexity on the latter. flavor profile is a little shorter than iíd expect/hope. perhaps itís watered down. i was thinking the other day about how bored iíd gotten with a lot of the beers that fall under this american strong ale category, but this is a welcome change. twenty minutes later... i probably couldnít drink more than one or two of these at a time, and on another night i might hate this, but right now i think i like it a lot. iím surprised the std dev isnít larger.