fcjack1 (283) - Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2017 satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is raisins, rum soaked fruitcake, fruity amongst a more focused darkness. big malty sweetness with hints of wood. appearance is opaque with browned edges, tiny wispy pockets of head across the top and low carb. flavor is booze made pleasant amongst the woody stickiness and fruity notes that poke through with glee. plums, raisins, figs, general stone fruits, grilled apricots. mouthfeel is as expected for beer of this gravity and ABV, silky across the palate and you can almost feel the fumes of the liquor, enjoyable to the jaded tounge though it sounds harsh. trappist in more ways then one, i had my typical session tulip on hand and noticed the recommendation to use a trappist glass. i never look at this and rarer still heed it but in this case i did, it works and is quite fitting.
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bomber from Tacoma Boys. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Scent is alcohol and dark fruits. Taste is somewhat boozy. Pretty good beer. maekchu (4104) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2017
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 (10810) - 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 (5881) - 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 (1607) - 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 (2439) - 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 (2038) - 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.