slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Lots going on in this tawny brew. Gives impression of brandy with it’s fruitiness, but there’s no brandy. Oaky, sweet smelling. Hints of peat make their way into the aroma and flavor, but just hints. This is a malty barreled sweet brew, though not overly sweet or hot, and with a unique flavor." deyholla (12220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2017 On tap at Jackie O’s during the Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Poured a hazy deep gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had sweet grains and cereal with a bit of pea and a bit of wine. Flavor didn’t come together well with an odd pea note, overly sweet grain and a wine note that didn’t really come out. alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Draft @ Jackie O’s (notes). Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor are heavy on sweet caramel malts, some toasted bread, a grassy component comes in, oak, vinous notes and a touch of vanilla. If it stopped there, this would be higher. Unfortunately, I noted the pea aroma and flavor like some of the others who have rated this. It wasn’t overpowering, just enough to distract. Alcohol was fairly well hidden. marcus (10668) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours cloudy orange/golden with a thin off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a fruity caramel malt flavor with a dry finish. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Draft at the brewpub, served in a flight. Pours a clear gold color with a small white ring for a head. Notes of apple, oak, tea, grass, astringent booze, wheat, and vegetals. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, boozy mouthfeel. A bit harsh and uneven.
onceblind (10549) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Slightly hazy amber bronze, not much head. Funky aroma with a slight acidic sourness, candy sugar, toffee, and a touch of raisin. Smelled a little bitter but I couldn’t figure out any hop tones. Pretty sweet flavor with candy sugar, apple, toffee, raisin, cherry, and more bright boozy toffee. Nice flavor but too sweet. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Oak and malt aroma with light spice. Rich malt and light wheat flavor with oak and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Rich malt lingers with light spice, light wheat and oak. solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2016
Lotsvof caramelized malt and some citrus. Pours orange with ok head. Quite sweet on finish. Lots of booze and quite syrupy consistency. Very sweet with some mash malt and asteingency. Tap at Rustico. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On draft at Tap 25 in Livermore and enjoyed in the company of Livermore spokesman, ratebeer’s own, joeneugs. It pours up with a copper body and slight haze and supporting an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet citrus hard candy, some hop resin and mixing with smooth sweet bourbon like booziness. The taste is robust with sweet malts, sweet vanilla infused bourbon and then malt sweetened citrus hoppiness. Into the finish it seems smooth whiskey like notes are lingering into the after taste. Solid brew and balanced too. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2016
32oz growler from Mom’s in Arlington, pours a mostly clear amber with some soapy, sticky white head. Nose is interesting, malt, something starchy like a soy bean, some dried leaves, some faint oak, yeast, some foreign booze - like Armagnac or something. Flavor is similarly unique, it really doesn’t fit any style. Redolent of honeycomb, some golden raisin, lightly woody but lightly herbal too, a touch medicinal maybe, some butterscotch, light spice, light vanilla. Full bodied, oily, lasting finish. Very interesting.