JdKrone (15) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Clear brown pour with yellowish head. Lots of aroma from the moment I opened it. Very transitional in taste and around different areas of the mouth and tongue. You can taste the oak it was aged in and really taste the bourbonesque nature of it. A little too oily on the palate for me, and the first swig i took almost put me on my ass as if I took a shot of Jack. Like no beer Iíve ever tried, however I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to trying another. Thanks Hammerstone.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear nut brown pour with a foamy yellowish-white head. Lots of sweetness and wood in the aroma - full malt profile, underpinned by a strange artificial smell. Like sweet bourbon with none of the alcohol to balance. Flavor is really similar to the aroma, with more pronounced alcohol. Itís interesting, but the bourbon characteristics dominate the cohesion this beer may have - itís all vanilla, smoke, and wood. Too oily on the palate for me. This beer is on the verge of being something good, but didnít quite make it for me. Iím a big bourbon fan, and I was expecting something better.
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Event: Dogfish Head at Dilly Deli. Actually, the event was kind of a bust, but luckily Tmoney99 brought a bunch of beer to share so it turned our to be an an impromptu tasting... Thanks Tom!
Location: Dilly Deli - Wines & Gourmet.
Serving: 22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom!
Aroma: Sweet Belgian fruitiness with a hint of banana as well. Deep inhalation reveals the alcohol.
Appearance: Transparent copper/honey color. Large foamy beige head that leaves some lacing. Lasting crown.
Flavor: Belgian fruitiness and spice with some slight bubblegum. There is definitely some bourbon as well. In addition, subtle barrel flavors also can be found which adds to the overall complexity of this beer. The alcohol (11.8% ABV) is warming and causes a slight burning sensation through the nose. once this beer gets warmer, the bourbon and wood flavors become more forward rather than being discreet and more blended into the overall flavor and complexity. The bottom is very woody.
Palate: Medium+ body. Creamy and smooth.
Overall: Very good, but the bourbon seems to dominate at times. I love bourbon, but I would have liked to see more of the other qualities and flavors of the beer come through rather than straight bourbon...
Dogfisherman (9) - mount laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
365 beers in 365 days!
6th beer in an attempt to rate 365 beers over the next year!
Friday May 25th 2007
Draft in a Challis from Maxís in Baltimore
Copper color with slight haze, small to no head which can be expected from a beer over 11%. Actually looks like it has similar characteristics to the Barley wine style. Subtle notes of oak and maybe dates tingle the nose. The placement of Alcohol finds it way immediately to the palette but not so strong that it offends. Tends to leave you with a nice lingering aftertaste that blends well with spicy or barbeque flavors. Another fine oak series from those guys in Easton PA!
Will be trying to go by season and style when possible, with special cellared ales on special occasions.
Look for the next 359 beers and for the entire diary on my BeerMagnets website!
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz from 4 seasons. The aroma is banana and molasses. It looks light for a quad, and it has an attractive amber color. The flavs are booze, fruit, smokiness, and molasses. The bourbon is there and very subtle. This is a very good american take on quadrupels and the light smokey bourbon flav is an excellent complimentary element.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark red color with smallish creamy light tan head. Aroma has notes of vanilla, burbon, oak, cherry, toasted caramel, mild belgain esters. Flavor is malty, loaded with caramel, notable hints of burbon and charred oak, bit of cherry and vanilla. Finish is mildly sweet, hint of alcohol.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bright red-copper with a creamy yellow-white head. Aroma of oak, fruit (melon, orange), and cereal grain. Fruit flavour consisting of pineapple and apricots, some raisiny wood, and harsh alcohol. There are some nice flavours but the alcohol and wood just seem to overpower it.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber-brown body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some sugary fruit and a bit of oak. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor with a touch of oak.
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 Bomber from JCB. Big rush of yeast upon opening. Loads of fruit in the nose, dark and plummy with red berry. Very malty with oak and bourbon notes. Reminds of all manner of distillations. Sweetish candy and a little bit of cleanser. Definitely a knockout. Strong carbonation visible in a clear amber-copper body with a short, lacing eggshell head. As for taste, yeast and candis and loads of malt and dark, ripe fruit. Just bursting with flavor. Intense. Bourbon and warming alcohol wash over the back end without flooding it. Oak and vanilla, sour cherry and faint caramel. Sticky-sweet with a touch of bitterness to balance. Medium-full body with a boozy, dry, and wonderfully fruity aftertaste. Complex and extremely robust. A little hot for me, though the heat works better here than in other examples. Iíd like not to overrate this, but sometimes, a beer just perfectly matches a moment, and my experience with this one tops those of both Westy and Berny 12. Big thanks, Jason!
MrBunn (2633) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pour is coppery red with a minimal head. Aromas are sweet caramel malt dominated with some nice spicing and fruit in the background. Maybe a touch of soap, too. The spiciness comes through as a cloves presence. Flavor is not quite as nice, however since there is a bit too much of the sweetness with throws things slightly towards the cloying, syrupy end of the spectrum. That soap is still hanging around in the background a little bit, too. The barrel aging comes through much better in the flavor than in the aroma. There is an underlying oaky feel to it all, maybe with a bit of a peat/smoke character. Generally, Iím for this one, but I donít think it comes even close to stacking up to some of the better quads.