fletchfighters (1573) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
-- Poured a clear, nearly opaque dark brown. One finger to half finger of light brown head. Good head retention and good lacing associated with this as drinking. Lots of spotty lacing.
S-- Did not expect tartness to this at all. Quite odd. Little bit of a sour/ tart smell to this. A bit like a sweet tart. Elderberry evident off the bat and in the back of the nose get touches of bourbon. Grape and bubble gum in the nose as well.
T-- More sour and tartness. Grape, bubblegum, oak, bits of bourbon in the back but very soft. Thought a La Chouffe but a sour version of it. Interesting.
M-- Light and bubbly, has a very clean, crisp and dry finish to this. Medium feel and medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink really. Once got over the tart smell and taste a pretty easy beer to drink. Alcohol well hidden.
O-- Not what I expected but good. Well hidden 12% beer. Rich and full but light. Am guessing the triple fermentation to that. Touches of grape and bourbon make this quite interesting to me.
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Batch 4 bottle from Josh - thanks! Pours extremely dark brown (nearly black) with a dark tan head that fades out to a slick. Aroma is sour fruit of some type up front with the bourbon and sweet malt, including raisin and perhaps some spice, toward the finish. Taste is an interesting combination of sour (but not infected) fruit with heavier malt, spices, and a clean, but slightly biting bourbon character into the finish. Mouthfeel is light and clean. Nice beer. b3shine (9138) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2012
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the wife; 2011 vintage). Looks good; dark with low carbonation and thin lacing (visible after swirling). Smells good too; wood and elderberries with sour notes. Tastes like it smells with bourbon present. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Ahhhh yes. Was reminded last night that I consumed this year’s back in my basement with after4ever. Batch #1! Big bourbon filled berry nose. Complex all around...elements of bourbon, port, berry, chocolate, dark fruits, and more. Dense and thick. I remember us all oogling over this one and knowing that we could never get anymore. Sounds like they may have done some more batches since though?? One for the books! Cuso (8935) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 11, 2012
Bottle, many thanks coldbrewky. Dark red brown color with huge beige head. Aroma of dark berries, caramel, some flowers, pear, oak. Taste, elderberries, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, wood. Long sour finish. Nice, tasty beer.
Cybercat (6139) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours a barely translucent deep sable. Aroma has notes of maple syrup and bourbon. Mouth-filling flavor has a sour apple overtone plus caramel, smoky and licorice notes. Body is average but has plenty of fizz. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has light chocolate and a bit of fruit...notable sour notes...raisins and light bourbon. Flavor has a soury fruitiness and light bourbon vanilla character...mild chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a warming oaky finish that hints of bourbon. Not a fan of the soury qualities here. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Batch 5 shared with coldbrewky. dark amber color. sweet burbon, light clove, elderberry, bourbon, flowers, a tad tart. complex to a point of over kill. slightly drying mouth. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
A gift from SJ. This was a nice change of pace. I always liked the American strong, but I don’t know why I don’t buy more of them.
Any way, here’s what I loved about this one.
The pleasant caramel malt, bourbon, wood, dark fruit with asoury / tart finish. Very enjoyable. Bricks (1150) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tastes like a dark chocolate berry. Very nice appearance, but a bit too tart for my liking.