pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 bottle thanks to joey from southbay drugs and shared with sprinkle.....poured a semi-transparent cola/caramel brown with ligter brownish red hues toward the edges. a thin wispy, soapy ivory head came with it and diminished as it warmed....nose was made up of coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, and oak....flavors of coconut, brandy, maple syrup, and sugary sweet malt....i liked it overall but thought that it could have offered a little more in the flavor department 8/4/7/4/15<P>
revisited on 05/25/08....flavors were more assertive and robunst this time around with more of the sweet brandy presence. hard to pick out each of the components but it all came together rather nicely 8/4/8/4/16 mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
#1200! Courtesy of AdamB84. Pours a murky dark brown, with pretty much no head. Just some small bubbles hug the edge of the glass. Smells of roasty caramel, sharp bourbon, a little cinnamon, and syrupy malts. I really dug the aroma. It wasnt over the top, but was seemingly balanced for the most part. The flavor was pretty sharp and bting. The bourbon was apparent right away and pretty strong, but seemed to simmer down once it sat a bit. There was a heavy dosage of caramel malt, and maybe some molasses or other dark fruits as well. the heat was pretty abundant and left some sting on the palate. Decent little amount of hops show up in the finish to even it out a bit. Pretty darn good beer. Seems the blend really works in this case. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Poured a murky brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, wood, dark fruits, toast, and faint alcohol. Taste was sweeter, caramel malts, nuts, vanilla, wood, raisins, cocoa, and some alcohol in the finish. hopdog (12382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of axilla (thanks!). Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits (lots of raisins and plums), caramel, citrus, woody / oakiness, and vanilla. Tastes of lots of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, light bourbon, and woodiness. The aromas and tastes struck me as being very different; like they belong to 2 very different beers. This was not a bad thing, as I really enjoyed both! Alcohol content well hidden. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
You know... I loved this beer and I couldn’t pin it down on what exactly it was. Now that I read it being a stout brown red porter with new and used barrels...it makes sense. It seemed that every one of those styles came through, then the oaks and brandys and bourbons came through. Some really complex stuff that actually remains very refreshing. I wish I could find more, but I think the supply here has dried up.
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
At Foothills gathering from btl. A brown red pour with little to no head. Very rich caramel malt aroma packed in around hops and hints of abv. Very special sweet malt flavor with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very nice. What a beer! Very fine. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2008
GABF 2007. Beer is clear, very dark ash brown without any head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate toasted/raosted grain, biscuit, lighter notes of caramel and chocolate milk; Hoppy with light herbal note, traces of resin/pine and alfalfa; Moderate miscellaneous notes of brown sugar, slightly boozy bourbon, lighter note of woody vanilla, cherry and alcohol heat.<P>The flavor is moderately/heavily sweet, lightly/moderately acidic with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish with a very boozy alcohol after burn.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Seems like only the strongest qualities survived the blending, didn’t unfold in layers of flavor or aroma as one might hope, but it’s still pretty engaging. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle shared by unclejedi at the footsex gathering. Pours a crimson brwon with a small off-white head. Nose has a lot of roasted, malt, brown sugar, caramel. Flavor is slightly boozy with good mix of hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and oaky/bourbon notes. Well integrated and balanced overall. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle: Thanks to golubj for sharing: Amberish brown pour with a bubbly tan head. Rich nose. Boozy with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. The flavor is nice and earthy with tons of malt depth, woody notes and balanced bourbon character. Rich and tasty. wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to Uncle Jedi for sharing this one. Black body. Vanilla, whiskey aromas. Vanilla, whiskey, caramel, and brown sugar flavors. Get more enjoyable the more you taste.