PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 Throwdown. Awesome! Very woody with a strong fruity caramelized essence. Hints of alcohol and brandy. Strong brandy flavors with fruity raisiny slight vinous malts. A touch hot at the end. Nicely strong. Clear copper color.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy aspidites. Clear amber/brown. Huge oak in this one- toasted earth, charred oak, rich malt, dried dark fruits, subtle spice from the yeast, and a bit of brandy alcohol on the end. Full body, just smoother than balanced, which works well with the flavors. Awesome brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
big thanks to beerguy101 for sharing at Noogfest 08. Wow. Rich, tasty beer with all sorts of complex flavors of dry fruity, brown sugar/molasses, oak etc etc. great beer.
bb (6480) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white/light tan head. Caramel aroma with a bit of sweetness and some dark fruit. Brown sugar flavor with brandy, oak, and light fruitiness. Richer bodied. Lingering caramel and brandy.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 22oz bottle thanks to steve!...... pours a lifeless opaque reddish brown with virtually no head and barely any wisps whatsoever. thin bubbles formed around the edges with nothing more that that. devon’s glass was the only one that had any head..... aroma of sweet brandy caramel and toffee..... flavors had an assertive warm, sweet brandy component with very little of the quad shining through. somewhat thin mouthfeel and also could have used a little more carbonation. sweet finish.
rerate based on trying some of jason’t bottle. this one had significantly more carbonation which made the palatte a whole lot better. smooth rich and decadent caramel, brandy, and sweet sticky flavors.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 22oz bottle. big thanks to pantanap for sharing! pours almost flat muddy amber. aroma of brandy, butterscotch, and dark fruit. flavor has lots of caramelized brandy notes, butterscotch, toffee, plums, oak, raisins, hints of chocolate. a tad thin and boozy. very tasty and i enjoyed this a lot more then the numbers indicate. 3.7.
7/12/08, bottle. big thanks to ughs for this. i needed a re-rate and doubted I would have another chance. pours clear amber with off white head. more carbonation in this one. wonderful use of the brandy barrel with it taking over nicely with caramel and oak. wow really enjoyed this and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a hazy brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with malty aromas of caramel and rye. Also aromas of dates, port and cask wood. Some bready notes. Rugbrød. Light alcohol notes. Full bodied. Some residual sugars in the finish. Thanks!
Ibrew2or3 (6226) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009
Huge thanks to Degarth for sharing this truly rare treat.
Pours hazy brown with thin off white head. It has a simply huge creamy – chewy – delicious – inviting aroma. Wow! I get sweet rich molasses, moderate wood notes, sweet dark fruitiness, some red wine and some understandable alcohol presence consider the massive ABV. I get a thick initial mouth feel ushering notes of dates, figs, prunes and sweet raisins that moves into wood and mild sweet booziness. It then becomes more and more whiskey infused as the taste progresses. It runs toward the finish with unbridled joy carrying tasty rich malt sweetness mixed with sweet dark dark fruitiness. Just plain old YUM!!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Degarth. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small short lived off-white head. Aroma is heavy alcohol that stings the nostrils, spicy yeast, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of oak. Taste is tart dark fruit, spicy yeast, alcohol, with hints of oak and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and very smooth alcohol. Very good.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My goodness, Steve is the man. At the NorCal tasting, he brought out several that just kept getting better, and better, and this was our last Valley of the evening. This was like sipping a fine cognac. Rich, malt and dried fruit nose along with the slightest of a brandy influence. Sweet, complex, unique flavor that is spot on the aroma. What a treat.