rouhlas (3588) - GREECE - MAR 9, 2017 hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more...
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Unclear brown color with beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Dark brown. Oxidation, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, nuts, some roast, rounded. anstei (2173) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma is strong bourbon barrel, vanilla and booze. Body is heavy, with a boozy bourbon barrel, sweet, yet having a rather crisp carbonation. Lingering caramel finish. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Auction won from California. This was terrific. Stored perfectly. Nice notes of roast, coconut, wood, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit.
Jokestereo (359) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Pours dark brown with a thin nougat colored head. Aroma; bourbon, vanilla, nutty, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, molasses, dried dark fruits, booze and wood. Flavours; Vanilla, nuts, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, a touch of dades, burnt sugar, caramel, bourbon and wood.
hackobock (4008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
March 27, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade with heyta, thanks! _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Dark brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty, slight vinous and boozy with caramel, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, dried fruits, warming alcohol, burnt wood and a touch of mint.
Taste is sweet, slight boozy and light bitter. Finish is sweet toffee, burnt sugars, some warming alcohol, light spicy, light bitter roasted notes with burnt wood. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
Past its prime but still good.
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours tiny hazy deep chestnut brown with a small frothy and bubbly beige head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, nutty and slightly fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins in rum, plums in brandy, roasted coconut, brazil nuts, leather, sour cherries and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is soft, round, velvety, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dusty nutty caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits in liquor and woody tannins. Oxidation is prominent and has reached the point where it doesn’t add only ruin the beer. Still, it’s not completely lost on us and is still pretty damn tasty. AdmiralVernon (1191) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
A: Deep dark brown wih a thin off white lacing N: Vanilla, dates, coffee, rye bread, pumpernickel T: Vanilla, chocolate, ash, peppermint, oak O: Nice blend, but some oxidation to it. juiceisloose (1484) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2016
22 oz bottle shared with a friend on New Year’s Eve. Pours a very dark mahogany brown color and topped by a very small head of tan colored foam that settles to a few fine bubbles at the edges. Nice drippy legging class the glass. The aroma is really complex and inviting with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, booze, molasses, toffee, burnt caramel, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The barrels are all integrated perfectly. The flavor follows is big, rich, malty, and boozy with dark fruit, burnt caramel, toffee, molasses, and bourbon all playing a role. Vanilla laden oak comes through and adds depth and balance to all the malts in play. Nearly full bodied, round and slick on the palate with subtle carbonation that leads to a lengthy sweet and warming finish from the alcohol. Supremely well balanced and perfectly blended between all the barrels. World class barrel aged beer from FW and a real pleasure to try. BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle bought in Vegas that we amazingly had the restraint to save until our 12th wedding anniversary. Dark brown pour with a thin brown head and little carbonation as expected. Umami soy and molasses in the aroma with some booze. Big booze in the flavor but then finishes with some milk chocolate and espresso. Big and busy but a nice sipper.