ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark ruby, very small head that disappears in seconds and no lacing. Appearance is bad. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, dark sugar, more darker fruits, caramel. Medium to heavy body, fairly hot. The heat was a little excessive, but the flavors really started to improve as the bottle emptied (and my BAC rose). Initially this was harsh and unforgiving, but near the end it was enjoyable. The sweetness of the bourbon fruity caramel flavors came together well and made me want to keep drinking this. In the end, it was very sweet, very alcoholic and had a pitiful appearance, but was still enjoyable. I felt that this beer coulda scored a 3/5 or a 4/5 easily, so I tried to average it out...
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 pours rusty red with a foamy head that disperses quite fast. smells alcohol, cheese, some wood probably oak from the barrells, almost like a scotch or some sort of whiskey, and vanilla. tastes nutty, with vanilla, lots of alcohol in the finish almost like taking a shot. some bananas in there as well. some dried fruit in the taste. good stuff.
bottle- nose smells intense. some cola, different fruits. berries. taste is vanilla, and coconut, loads of oak and alcohol. this is some hot stuff. thick sticky mouthfeel. some banana maybe from the yeast strain. incredible brew.
coldbrewky (1466) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Yah gotta love a brewery that you can drop by on a Saturday and grab a case at. Many thanks to my father for doing so since I got cornered into going to work instead. Pesky career. Pours a medium dark amber with consistent carbonation with a low head that rings the glass in moments. A bit cloudy thoough The prevailing oakiness in the nose is surpringly mellow in the body. Oily legs settle to ghosts fast. A lot going on in the body. This will probably mellow and sort itself out with some time. Tastes of sweet dates blend with the malty goodness. Alcohol is hidden expertly and is destined to sneak up on you.(rerate note second bottle was a bit harsher with the upfront alcohol). P.S. Pretzles go very well with this beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany color with a small foamy head. Rich aroma, with notes of vanilla, oak and butterscotch. Sweet malts, caramel, light whiskey notes, and some charred/toasted character. Light warming alcohol presence in the finish.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a clean deep coppery brown color with fading head that left a small ring despite heavy carbonation, minimal lacing.
The nose detects a heavy handed oak and bourbon influence over some over ripened dates, hint of clove and white pepper, some juicy fruit bubblegum and a dash of rye like bready character. The beer is also heavy on the sweetness with a combination of simple sugars and caramel malting.
The taste profile starts with equal massive amounts of sugars and rich fruity overtones blasting away at the palate and never easing up one bit. There is a moderate level of spices and a secondary wallop of oaky dryness and bourbon slap down on the very warming finish.
The mouth feel is lush and biting, while the brew is well carbonated, the feel is is sticky sweet. The alcohol finish is brash and in your face. This beer could stand even more aging than I have already done.
An interesting brew that must require an hour to fully develop. Age this one...
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet brown color with minimal head. Aroma of cloves, banana, bubblegum, iron. Flavors of bubblegum, oak, alcohol, sugar. This is really sweet, too sweet even. Mouthfeel is rather light, but feels cloying because of the sweetness. Easy to drink but not my favorite.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of alcohol, bourbon, banana, and some spices in the aroma. Dark brown body with a decent head. Full palate. Taste is sweet borubon with hints of belgian yeast and light spices. Very interesting.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle consumed last night but I was too sleepy to rate it afterwards.. Pours a very nice hue of copper with a short offwhite head that fades back pretty quick.. Rather odd aroma of caramel, bannana, and oak. Flavor is much more complex and delightful. Caramel, and candi sugar are first to arrive on the tongue, but soon in comes interesting vanilla, oak, bannana, and a fair amount of bourbon and spice warm the backside of this. Palate is wonderfully sweet and sticky with a lingering sweet finish. Quite an interesting brew...
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Florian’s. Tramslucent copper-brown body with under a half inch of off-white head. Banana and woodiness dominate the aroma. Wood, banana, and spice all play prominent roles in the flavor. Lighter-bodied. Little carbonation to speak of. A pretty decent beer - more mellow and drinkable than its non-barrel-aged cousin.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dark orange, red color with a small off white head. Large amount of protein particulate. Heavy banana and candied citrus esters, caramel, dark alefruit, and alcohol in the aroma. Heavy oaken vanilla and alcohol, caramel and raisinbread malt character. Complex dark alefruit with residual vanilla and fruity esters then manifest. Long residual banana finish with vestiges of bourbon. Mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat hot and sticky.