jgb9348 (6477) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Rich beautiful amber, ruby, copper and bronze glowing beer, all with a thinnish, two centimetre tall tan head that fades fairly quickly, along with an almost violet glow - nice and bright at the light. Aroma of super pungent pit fruits, alcohol, oak, vanilla, bourbon, light spice, grain and a ton of caramelised sugars - nice and pungent throughout, with the woodsey scents the strongest. Medium-bodied; Strong rich malty flavours at first with the pitted fruit flavours next and then showing a lot of wood, vanilla, oak, grain and toffee near the end, all with a bitter tannic flavour at the finish. Aftertaste is complex and rich with the wood, bourbon and vanilla flavours the strongest - not entirely sweet, but showing the brown sugars and oak for sure. Overall, a nice beer that shows a lot of complexity from the aging process, and somehow a lot of mellow and understated elements, which is a relatively good thing, however in this case, it is perhaps too muted and mellow for the style - the additional aging by me seems to have done the trick - no pungency or deep alcohol flavours that are unbearable at all. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom, Eye Street), D.C. on 14-January-2015 just twelve days after my youngest daughter was born, for US$8,99 and sampled at home in Washington when the same daughter is almost two and a half years old on 12-May-2017.
Bottling Date: [unknown] - states 8,0% abv // Purchased: 14-January-2015 // Sampled: 12-May-2017. kerenmk (5168) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Beer Run Charlottesville, VA, 10.5.16. 7.6% abv. Clear dark bronze. A little woodsy, fish barrel fruity and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, alcoholic, some cider vinegar taste. Medium body, smooth, alcoholic and a little vinous finish. RobertDale (6848) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Sample at Boulevardia 2016. Comes a clear reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some whiskey. Pretty good. bytemesis (9207) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear reddish hazel, small beige head, dissipates to a ring, decent lacing. Aroma is light, caramel, cardboard, wood piles. Flavor is medium sweet, dark sugars, root beer. Medium body. GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Meridian Pint. Clear dark amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, toffee, coconut, oak, biscuit, slight dark fruit, subtle booze. Medium body with a dry finish.
alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
22 oz bottle from Nimbleprop shared with a group at an Athens bottle share. Pours a clear reddish caramel brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, some herbal notes, a hint of booze, decent enough. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle tasted at a hotel share in Athens, OH. Thanks to alexsdad06. Up front, some dark fruit and dark chocolate. Mostly clear red brown color. Thin off-white head. Loose bits of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, lighter sweet. Just a touch of warmth. Solid wee heavy. drfabulous (8575) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2015
22 ounce bottle Murky color. Toffee caramel some chewy in it. Some booze even though the ABV is not high. Ok. JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Appearance: deep clear ruddy purplish garnet, with a thin, almost nonexistent bubbly white head. Aroma: toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherry, raisin. Taste: light molasses, hint of brown sugar, some brown bread and cherry, raisin, a bit of wood, and some clove. Finish: lingering sweetness, a bit of yeast, and a hint of booze. Notes: Is this a scotch ale? Maybe my palate was off, but this felt much more like a filtered dubbel than a scotch ale. Even so, it was a tasty ale. Bottle from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia.
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2015
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts with nutty and toffee and caramel notes, some oak and vanilla, light hints of dark fruits, and some light whiskey. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average to smoother texture. Not a bad beer at all.