MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Slightly hazy yellow, big fluffy white head. Fruity lighly bourbon aroma, with hints of banana and clove. Malty bourbon banana and clove flavors, with a hint of hops. Smooth and drinkable, rather pleasant, and I think, well done.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white head. Great carbonation. Somewhat sickly sweet aroma but it grows on you after a while. Citrus, vanilla, bourbon, oak, lemon/lime soda, you name it, its in there. Color is a nice clear gold. Flavor is soft and light. More citrus and bourbon. Hint of vanilla. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is hidden pretty well but does show its beautiful face at the end with a nice warming. Wow, this stuff goes down way too easy. Slight bitterness in the finish and more sweetness. Quite good. Loses some of the hops presence (usually in triples) but makes up for it in uniqueness. Not entirely sure how I feel about this one. Good but may be a little too weird.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight orange/deep golden hazy with a white head which fades. Aroma is oaky with some spice yeast and fruit. Flavor is spicy with a bit of alcohol but overall this one turned out better and smoother than the merry monks. Very easy drinking.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Rerate from a fresh bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD. Iím kicking this one up 0.2. Deep gold pour with fizzy, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of big oaky fruit, hopcit, candi sugar, bready malt. Tastes fruity, with candi sugar, hopcit, oak, bourbon. Medium palate with a lot of carbonation. Gets very chardonnayish and champagny as it finishes. Very complex, and at various times this one takes on characteristics of beer, chardonnay, champagne, and spirits. The fizzy pour reminds me of champagne. Delicious, and a true beauty.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a lighter golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of bourbon, fruits (apples?), wood and caramel. Tastes of bourbon, fruits, vanilla and spices. This was much better than the regular Merry Monks. Very easy to drink. I could see myself putting down a few of these in a sitting (gotta watch it thought with the 9% abv).
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, butter, light citrus, and bourbon. Taste was very tripelish, yeast and citrus fruits, light alcohol from the bourbon. The bourbon never became sticky sweet, I enjoyed this more than Curieux.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy banana-ey aroma. Goldoen color with small head fading to lacing and sticking to sides of glass. Definite sweetness, without being really sugary. Spicy. Alcohol gives a bite, but if what I learned from the Insanity holds true, wait 6 months and this will be much mellower. Definite barrel influence tasted, but not a huge flavor. Pretty good stuff. Overall probably the weakest of the oak barrel series from Weyerbacher, but that doesnít really speak less of the Prophecy. Weíll see what a couple months of waiting does to this other bottle.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 aroma is a combination of banana and caramel with some slight spicey tones. pour is a crystal clear golden color, actually looked a lot like ginger ale while pouring. head was about 1/8 of and inch, creamy and white, but quickly faded down to a slight lacing. flavor is a sweet caramel malt, along with the same fruity sweetness, and underlying spiciness that was in the merry monks. a very crisp dry finish is accompanied by the bite of alcohol, but i cant seem to find exactly what this abv is (not on the bottle or box) but if the monks was 9.3% and was well hidden, this has to have at least a few points more. aftertaste is very sweet and enjoyable on the palate after you swallow. there is a slight bourbon flavor late in the tail, which to me was the only indicator of itís barrel origins. altogether a good beer, but i will have to get a merry monks and have them side by side to decide how much of an improvement/ difference the barrel aging made.