Brewhemia (322) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2018
Slightly hazy dark nut brown with light brown head. Lots of dried fruit aroma of especially prunes and raisins and an acidic aroma of sour cherries and there are notes of toast as well. Very complex aroma as expected and I think the mix works very well. The taste is high in sweetness but the tarness and viniousity offer great balance and complexity. Low bitterness and not much hop flavor if any. To me what stands out the most in the end are what I find to be cherry flavor ad sour cherries in the aroma and both sweet and sour cherries in the flavor, particularly the finish. I was intrieged by the complex aroma but the taste is even better. This was by far the most expensive bottle of beer I ever bought and I had been saving it for a one and a half years. Still I am very satisfied. A very special beer experience. charule (2304) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle from release. Poured cloudy brown with tan head. Light carb med bod. Taste very barrely can taste all the barrels. Its ok overall yespr (49519) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2017
From tap. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, overripe fruity. Wooden and wineous. Toasted malty and slight caramelish. Sweet and caramelish into the finish. llkc (2920) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
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Dark, brown-black with a small brown head. Malts, dark fruit, chocolate notes. Medium body. Different types of booziness come through to its detriment. Could be better balanced.
Cybercat (6508) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2017
Pours coffee brown with a nice golden buff head. Aroma features roast malt, woody, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and toffee tones. Flavor offers all of the above while tossing in a note of semi-sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel presents firm body and jazzy fizz. Bottoms up! Bule (2315) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2017
750ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Rich maltiness. Rum barrel dominates. Sharp alcohol.
hapjydeuce (1007) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 5, 2017
Wow...rating 1000. After a long hiatus from RB I had forgot exacty where I stopped. I was hoping for some extra rare import for this occasion but sadly my trading days have long been over. What the hell, another special release from the Smithy for my 1K. This one was interesting...color is deep chocolately brown white lively effervescence, little to no head on the pour. Has more of a Quad appearance if you ask me... bourbon barrel, chocolates and hint of rum in the nose. Hard to pick up on the wine barrel. Flavor is sweet with Belgian-style clove/fruity esters backed by typical Old Numbskull caramel character. There’s the wine...tannins showing through on the finish, leaving a nice drying bite. Texture is rather thin throughout. A nice change up for the Smithy...good to take a break from those ultra-heavy hitters once in a while like BA Speedway et al... maybe this will give me motivation to eventually make it to rating #2000... hell, its only been 10 years since I joined this site... BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2017
A great beer, but not nearly as composed as it’s XX counterpart. I think it comes down to brews that have had years to become refined versus new generations of AleSmith beers. 95% of brewers would beg, borrow, and steal this recipe. They would instantly gain notoriety. For AleSmith, however, this is expected. Redwood, eggshell, dense and intense. Complex for sure, but not confident that everything melds or compliments the other ingredients its predecessors have. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 29, 2017
On tap @ Alesmith. Murky cola colored beer with some off-white foam. Terrible green apple and booze aroma. Ruins it right from the start. Almost a touch vegetal...tomato paste? Has that same sort of tinny, raw tomato paste flavor to it. Lots of booze, some pecan, wood, and nutshells. This is, honestly, a total mess. What is going on here.