chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
A very dark brown, nice sheen, looks good, a light tan watery head... Aroma is bit to light but some nice malt and molasses present, just not enough of it... Taste is super smooth but light on flavor, nutty molasses with a some smooth liquor... Wanted to love it but only like it PhillyCraft (7082) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sample courtesy of a fellow beer nut at Capone’s during the Hill Farmstead Ephraim tasting. Huge thanks for sharing this extremely rare, retired, brew. Pours a blackish brown shade with small tan head. Aromas are complex apple brandy with molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, oak. Taste is even more sweet then the smell with bourbon, honey, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Secondary flavors of vanilla, figs, and cinnamon. All the flavors work so well together, and seem to endlessly bounce of each other to form a completely memorable beer drinking experience. One of the best American Strongs I have tried to this date. Awesome MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
dark nut brown, thin ran head, large bubbled, gone fast. Oxidized nose, bit of plum and lightly underattenuated, sugar and bakers chocolate. Flavor is short finish, oxidized, light cardboard and chocolate, bit burning and sugary. Vanilla and toast. Thin, hot, aged. Meh, and it won’t get better. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Poured side-by-side with 12 and 13. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a thin tan head. A few legs though not much retention or lacing, as must be the case (or at least I assume--never really looked for legs in the midst of ringy lacing). Nose brings forward really nice characteristics with some oak, vanilla, roast, chocolate, bourbon, and slight caramel.
Taste is just as complex and isn’t nearly headed downhill, at least as far as I can tell from never having had it before. Either way, this was the best of the bunch for me that day. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and a bit dry with a very mild tannic presence. Drinks incredibly well and I’m looking forward to getting the 11-14 together at once, as I’ve pretty much lost all hope of having the 10.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Firestone Walker almost always does a good job with these BA beers, and this one was no exception. Caramel sweetness, some vanilla, oak, a bit of chocolate, warming. Pretty darn good blended strong ale thing.
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle generously shared during AZRBWG by Smokepot23. Bottle pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, tons of oak, slightly tart fruit and some roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, vanilla, and some nutty qualities. Seems to be holding up extremely well, though it really may be near it’s peak. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is semi tart barrel elements, the brandy lends a nice sweet nose. Flavor is solid toast and toffee malt character with tons of wood, vanilla, oak, birch. Ends with a nice smooth mix of brandy and bourbon, this is so mellow and has stood the test of time. j12601 (10911) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle at the Saturday night hotel tasting after EBF. Pours a clear amber brown. Long chocolate, roast and vanilla, coffee notes and sweet bourbon. Smooth coffee and roast. Chocolate, roast, cocoa, vanilla and warm wood notes. Long chocolate, roast and cocoa on a warm boozy finish. Sledutah (7488) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Smokepot23 at RBWG 2011, thanks dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head and some light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, woody, vanilla
(22oz bottle). Pours dark brown. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor shows the same. Nice beerr.