JohnShepherd (5) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2017 does not count cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle, Bottleworks X (2009) had at Brouwer’s on 5/20/10.
Bottle pours super dark brown with very little head; a slight slick of oil floating on the surface. No head whatsoever.
Aroma was incredibley complex: Vanilla, slight smoke, cherry and dark grape, molasses and brandy.
Flavor was even better with a beautiful rich caramel molasses sweetness with some slightly tart fruit and a bitter smoky roasted finish.
Mouthfeel was a super thick oil with hardly any carbonation, but I prefer it this way. I could sip on this for hours.
Overall, this was an incredibly complex beer with so much going on. At the same time, it is a single cohesive brew that is the epitome of barrel aging and blending. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had and is worth the hype. I will for sure have another the next time I’m in Seattle.
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Tasted the 2010 vintage at the brewery. Pours dark brown/ black. Complex aroma and taste. Dark fruits. Superb. zvikar (6575) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2017
At Tom's Place, pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, flavor of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coconut, bourbon, medium to full bodied, Great Larry_Spurgeon (22) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 A 2010 bottle drank on November 8 at Hair of the Dog. $30 for a 12 ounce bottle. Sounds expensive, but it was worth it. Easily the best beer of the night. JefVerstraete (3752) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Black/brown colour, no head. Flat, no carbonation. Sweet, malty, notes of unripe apples, smoke, paint thinner, unripe vegetables. Hmm, strange combo of flavours, not really what I expected. Maybe a bad batch? Not the best beer I tasted. mvh83 (6) - 's-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2017 does not count
Smells of apples, carmel and smoke. Pours dark with no carbination. Amazing taste, real mouthfull.
Great strong/old ale.
bergstaden (3332) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2017
Thanks a lot to GT for the bottle - Dark brown, olmost black with off white head - Dark malty aroma with some dark fruity tones - Dark malt body with dark fruity tones with some notes of wood - The dark fruity wood notes goes into the finish - This was real good crispaire (255) - - SEP 17, 2017
smells of damp earth, wood, apples, smoke. pours an opaque dark brown, on the edge of blackness. flavors of liquified carmel apple candy, hint of cider, heavy malts, and depth of smoke very well represented. this is a beer that was savored by the light of a campfire. wchesser (2163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2017
Bottle from mcberko or bytemesis-sorry I can't remember who but thanks all the same! Dark cocoa brown color, minimal carbonation even with an aggressive pour. Nose is sweet caramel, light marzipan, very light coffee and dark roast malts. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. Flavors of burnt caramel, toffee, dark roast malts. Rich, slick mouthfeel. Awesome strong, old ale. czar (9615) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2017
pours unclear medium dark brown with a very small beige cap offering minimal retention and lacing. smoked raisins, charred berry fruitiness, woody maple syrup, some beef concentrate, madeira traces, salt. low if not flat carbonation, medium to full body; sweet smoky finish. complex smoky american strong ale. beerplace (2330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
#1700 rating. Small bottle shared at Brian’s. Pours a murky dark brown with no head. Aroma is smoky, dark fruits, prunes, bourbon. Taste is oily, boozy, dark fruits, prunes, chocolaty. Very nice.