wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle from Logan. Tasted at Logan’s house with Logan and deftim13. Mild aroma, but with lots of oak and bourbon when tasting. Tasting brings out the aroma more than smelling alone. Dark brown/black/amber color. Small head of small bubbles. Flatish. Malty with some melanoidins. Some buttery oaky aroma. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Shared a bottle with elnadeau.
Clear dark brown pour with a minimal head, nice complex flavor with a brown sugar finish. Tasty brew, but at $16.99 a bomber, a bit overpriced , IMOI doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Very excited to try this brew, lots o’ hype. Pours a somewhat syrupy, dark brown caramelly color. Just a bit of sediment in the last glass. Not much of a head, just a few bubbles on top. Not a huge nose to it, smells of vanilla and whiskey. Tastes of sweet malts and lots and lots of alcohol... whiskey. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the background all the while. Syrupy on the palate, nice carbonation, coats the mouth and teeth. Pretty good beer. Could use some time to mellow I think. Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Multiple samples, GABF 2007.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses, chocolate), with notes of vanilla, honey, wood, bourbon/whiskey.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I didn’t like FW 10 much at all, so this was a surprise. Very attractive nose and a sweet, rich, somehow non-cloying flavor balance (which is admittedly helped by the alcohol content). Quite tasty. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black color with small light brown head. Aroma of bourbon/brandy/alcohol, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavor was very similar, with the bourbon being the most pronounced flavor. Caramel, oak, chocolate were also very present. Definitely a sipper, although the alcohol wasn’t too aggressive. Flavor had a good amount of sweetness. With all the build up surrounding this one, I must say I was a bit disappointed; although it was bad at all. However, it was enjoyable.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
tastings at City Beer. Much smoother as the 10 was last year at release. Great aromas of smoke, wood and vanilla. Flavors of smoky bourbon, malts and lots of caramel and vanilla finsihing off with some chocloate flavors. Alcohol burn is non-existent. Great. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours pretty much black with no head and only a slight white or ivory lacing. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel and some whiskey in the nose, although the first thing that comes to mind when I smell it is feet- I swear! . The flavor is immediately hot and bourbon laced. Lots of dark fruits mixed with some chocolate and caramel notes lie beneath. A vanilla oakiness kicks in towards the end. More carbonated than I would have guessed judging by the head (or lack thereof). This is one of those beers that I want to spend some time with and sip on for a while. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
What I drank at the fest was XI Quercus Alba, which translates from the Latin as White Sneaker #11... but it was better than the name implied. It had a reddish mahogany body with a dinkus tan head. It held an aroma of Bourbon, dark caramel, burnt wood, and mayhaps some milk chocolate. Interesting drink, a tad sweet for my Transylvanian taste buds, malty with caramel and chocolate and roastiness, touched lightly by vanilla and oak, sweetened yet more with molasses, and warmed by alcohol. Interesting.IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
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UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Bottle Odeed got at the brewpub in Paso yesterday and shared (great friend) with me! Nose of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and caramel (oak shows up heavily but not the bourbon and brandy, this is a great form of barrel aging without all the liquor flavors); Clear dark brown with a ring of medium bubbles around the glasses edge; Flavor of oaky vanilla (bunches), caramel, and chocolate. Great brew, tickles my vanilla fancy wothout all the usual alcohol of impys!
My next to the last bottle from my cellar. 11/20/11 Nose is big vanilla, chocolate,oak, vanilla, and light bourbon. Cloudy dark brown with a small amount fo beige bubbles. Flavor is bourbon, woody oak, chocolate, slight toffee, and a hint of oxidation. 9,4,8,4,17 4.2 Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
(bottle from the brewery)dark brown with not much eahd to speak of.very well balanced aroma of chocolate,caramel,vanilla,oak,and vanilla.the flavor starts off with the oak and vanilla more upfront,but then brings in the molasses,caramel,chocolate,and brown sugar.what i am amazed at is the ALCOHOL IS NOT DETECTED AT ALL.its way more balanced than the 10 was when it came out.in fact it tastes alot like the ten does now.this is damn near perfect in my opinion.