dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Big Thanks to Dosbeerigos for sharing this gem of a beer. I expected this one to be infected, as I had read many reviews that it was, but surprisingly is wasn’t. Light brown color with a good amount of carbonation for a aged beer such as this. Aroma was boozy with hints of oaky and bourbon. Flavor was a tad boozy but had good malty/roasted nut qualities as well. I was hoping it was sour/infected, but it was still a great beer and a treat. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Brown pour. Aroma is full of bourbon, caramel, nutty roast and some fruit and wood. Flavor is awesome with much of the same, more accentuated. Very nice!!! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
In short: A toasted nutty brown ale with a superb barrel character. A wonderful surpriseCaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
How: Botttle 750ml, green waxed top. Consumed when over two years of age!!! Bottle acquired in a trade with jtclockwork, thanks a lot James.
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy-mahogany body topped by a persistent small light-brown head
Rambling: I totally forgot about this bottle in the back of my cellar, I don’t "age" beers but I give some maturation time to big beers. I find most CCBs big beers to be brutal and unrefined but with the result of the accidental aging of this bottle I think I’m gonna start aging all CCB big sweet beers. Or maybe these guys used to be good 2.5 years ago but now they just make those underattenuated boozy sugar bombs. Anyway…
In long: Nose is overloaded by barrels but somehow doesn’t have that cheap bourbon booze aroma that most BBA beers have. I could smell my glass from one feet away, strong wood character with a sensation of freshly emptied barrels. Taste has plenty of toasted stuff, toasted cashews, toasted caramel, toasted wood, toasted pecans, toasted tree bark, more toasted stuff… A strong bourbon barrels presence but without the booze or actual pure bourbon, this beer has a truly nice woody bourbonny character. The toastiness and strong wood barrel presence totally covers up the sweetness and make the beer surprisingly drinkable. Even my wife loved it and she hates sweet beers, this was really a kick-ass beer, at least this old vintage from 2009 or so. Sometimes I say CCB is shit, sometimes I say CCB are great, and I’m totally fine with people who say that I always contradict myself because it really infuriates me that people say that I always contradict myself.
Bottle: Pours a hazy mahogany with a smallish, spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel, milk chocolate and bourbon oak. Starts with good dark malty sweetness and bourbon oaky complexity with some drier nutty character and vanilla toward the finish. A very nicely balanced and enjoyable brew. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle shared at Muckfest 2009 in Lancaster Ohio by Solan. Bottle #104. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor was definitely malty and sweet with strong hints of vanilla and cherries. Very well blended, which seems to be a specialty of this brewer. Everything has its place and these beers are far too easy to drink. Alcohol was nicely hidden.
fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle enjoyed watching the Super Bowl via Santa. Thanks Santa! Pours very dark brown almost black with tan head. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla, wood, booze, and booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is wonderful. Roasty nutty caramel vanilla, bourbon tickles the tongue, and vanilla, and finishes with a touch of bourbon that kisses the back of the throat. This is a tasty gem and was real glad I got a chance to try it. Thanks again Santa! sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
bottle #185, shared in good company with friends in AL. pours brown with a nice mahogany head and thick rich golden lacing. aroma is boozy, malty with the bourbon coming nicely in the nose. taste, malty, plenty of barrel goodness. ABV quickly kicks in followed by chocolate, malts. Maker’s barrel add a very nice touch and are noticeable but don’t become overly present. Worth every drop of it. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle: #74/175: 2009:
Brown head, disappears quick.
Deep dark brown colored beer.
Smell wood, cocos, liquorice, vanilla, spices, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate.
Taste vanilla, liquorice, wood, chocolate, caramel, toffee, hops, bitter, brown sugars.
Aftertaste of bitter, malts, toffee, caramel, wood and chocolate.
Soft mouthfeel, low carbo and a full body.
Soft smooth and lovely balanced beer! Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle # 5 shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted malt and dark bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
jbruner (5466) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Blue wax sealed December 2009 bottle shared thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a murky reddish brown with bubbly tan head that displayed to leave moderate lacing. Aroma is whiskey, oak, sweet chocolate, and a hint of nut brown malt on the back end. Taste is sweet chocolate and vanilla up front, bitter coffee in the middle, then a clean whiskey and oak finish. A nice bubbly mouth that is thick on the palate. Damn good, shame it’s retired.