maekchu (4058) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2017 ACHops (1643) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Beerhive Pub in SLC. Bottle says best after 1/29/11. Pours super dark amber with a slight golden tint. Medium mocha head that fades somewhat quickly. Aroma is... wow. Rich bourbon, licorice, leather, molasses all jump out. Taste is big, dark caramel malts with brown sugar sweetness, a hint of vanilla, and just enough hops for balance. Not that different from Jubelale, just cranked up rich malts, extra abv, and the barrel aging that gives it all those wonderful notes. Thinner body than you’re expecting from the smell. It’s hard to be neutral about this one - this is one of my favorite beers ever. The only negative I’ll throw out there is that Deschutes will apparently only make this every 10 years. It’s way too good for that and should join their once per year reserve series with Abyss, Black Butte XX*, etc. Or at least every other year like they’re doing with The Dissident.
Bottle shared at KyotoLefty’s 10,000th rating celebration. Very rich and smooth dark fruit nose, with prunes and raisins, some alcohol fumes (and they add to the richness), all still fresh and sharp. Dark brown, with a creamy beige head. Flavors of dark fruit and stone fruit, mildly sweet, with a smooth lighlty sweet fruity finish. Rich body, very creamy on the palate. This has matured so well. World-class stuff. We drank this one alongside the 2015 version which, while also very good, didn’t reach these heights of aroma and flavor. KyotoLefty (10695) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle, side by side with the 2015, shared at my 10K rating celebration. Dry, austere treacle nose, tea, some pine, creamy. Glowing red-brown with lace. flavors of apricot, some banana, pine, resin, caramel, vanilla. Prefect integration on this one--just stellar. Everything has come together perfectly in these 7 years. stevoj (5592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle share. Caramel aroma, kind of flat pour, small ring of bubbly head. Taste continues with the caramel, pit fruit, sweet. Kind of sticky. kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Pours a dark brown with small brownish head. Nose of dried fruit and molasses. Flavor is dried prunes, raisins, and brown sugar. Nice creamy texture with no high alcohol burn to the finish. Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2016
A: Mahogany body, cappuccino head, lacing.
N: Toffee, raisin, oxidation, burnt brown sugar, mintiness, some caramel, pecan, and minerality.
T: Very sweet, but not cloying. The oxidation helps.
M: Medium body, no alcohol, crisp carbonation.
O: Very nice. Doing pretty well with 6 years of age on it. But I like the 2000 more.
beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - APR 10, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown color with a khaki head. Oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, toast, molasses, and dark fruit aroma. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, toast, tabacco, caramel, molasses, alcohol and dark fruit. On draft at city beer. PartyFowle (954) - - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. A vigorous pour begets a one-finger soap bubble head the color of ginger. The liquid’s too dark to see through except when held to the light. Clear and effervescent. Red wine and cola in color. In the nose: vanilla, cola, burnt brown sugar, raisins, and bourbon. Noticeable alcohol heat. Flowery hops. Spicy yeast. In the flavor: Sweet prunes, vanilla, pepper, and caramel. Dr. Pepper! Super hot; you can feel the alcohol heat travel all the way down to the stomach. The slightest hint of roasted malts. Bitterness clings to the back sides of the tongue. Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, buttery. Wow. williamstome (1993) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Very dark brown pour, big tan head. Sweet aroma of molasses, flavor is big and sweet of molasses, spices and soy sauce. Fantastic. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
(bottle - 22 oz - 2010 vintage) Murky copper pour with a thin tan head. Fruity and malty aroma with lots of caramel and still some good alcohol. Lots of different fruits in the flavor with a middle that seems to be a combination of toffee and caramel. Finishes sweet and fruity. AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Sat on this for 5 years before cracking it open. Creamy first impression, drinks more like a quadruppel than anything else I can think of.