GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Pours extremely dark murky mahogany, almost black actually, with almost no carbonation visible at all. A few stray bubbles that recede immediately to nothing.
The aroma is big and complex with whiskey and vanilla up front but then comes raisins, plums, molasses, leather and caramel. Little bit of wood coming through.
The taste is even better and one of the better Belgians Iíve tasted. Initial wave is vanilla, oak and leather. But immediately following that is a much sweeter chocolate and dark fruit character. The sweetness then subsides to a dry, warming finish with whiskey and oak. Sublime taste.
The mouthfeel, as with The Question, keeps this from being a world class brew. Itís just under carbonated, pure and simple. Itís not completely flat, but close and is enough to knock this down a notch.
This beer has the potential to bee of the best beers Iíve ever had. The aroma and flavor are sublime but the carbonation detracts from the beer. Iím looking forward to trying this with proper carbonation and weíd be talking about an unbelievable beer. StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Pours dark brown-black with a faint head. Aroma initially of alcohol, with an underlying sweetness of brown sugar. Flavor is of caramel, chocolate and vanilla with an underlying alcohol burn. Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Thanks Naven and Jimbowood! A nondescript bottle led to one of the more delicious finds Iíve had in a while. Just outstanding in every way. Rich, thick and loaded with barrel aged flavor. The group of us universally agreed that this set the benchmark pretty high for future barrel aged beers. What an outstanding find. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle from my man Jimbo. Hand bottled by the brewer. Shared with a bunch of folks. This is a near perfect beer. Rich, smooth, wonderful. Vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar were the dominant flavors I detected. This is possibly the best example of barrel aging that I have tasted. We all agreed that this is very similar to the first batch of Angels share, and perhaps better. Itís that good. Even uber brewer Lee stated itís the best beer heís had in a long time. We all agreed. Very good. hopdog (12382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and an a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, wood, whisky, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, wood, dark fruits, and chocolate. I liked the way the Barrel Aging was done on this. The more I drank, the more I liked it!
egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Poured a hazy purple brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and a bit of caramel. Taste of dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, and light toffee, with more bourbony alcohol in the finish. Could be much better if it was aged in a red wine barrel. Thanks to Steve for sharing. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottle. Pours a deep brown almost black with some amber notes and a small off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, oak, whiskey, toffee, nuts, some alcohol, prunes and some Belgian fruity esters. Flavor of whiskey, oak, nuts, vanilla, sticky sweetness, dark fruits and some spicy/fruity Belgian esters. jrob21 (3663) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Cask at atlanta cask ale festival. One of my favorites on the day. Complex palate and wafting aroma. Subtle effects of the oak aging. Slightly sweet and full bodied. Flavors of red fruit and roasted coffee malt. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, and a light bitter finish. This beer is really smooth. Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
One of the best from the Atlanta Ale meeting. Enjoyed with Crawford the brewer ("Dogwood"). Chocolate and bourbon nose, a very dark Belgian.50% Goulding from the hops. Little carbonation, Saaz used. Deep bourbon chocolate colour. Medium mouthfeel. Was enjoyed as a sipper.