johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours a deep garnet brown with a decent fluffy off white head that subsides quickly. Smells of oak vanilla and lots of dark pitted fruit with a touch to much alcohol. Slightly oxidized with a malty sweetness. Taste is sweet malty with lots of fruitiness. Hints of vanilla and oak play nicely off some smoke and roast. A touch of heat, but not like I thought based on the aroma. Long lingering fruity and roasty sweetness in the finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. There’s a lot going on here and this is quite a flavorful beer. I think this blend would benefit from a little more time for the flavors to come together a little better. obguthr (6657) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Oaky fig nose with subtle vanilla notes. Clear brown, thin light tan head. Chocolate syrup initially, woody throughout. Date and horehound notes toward the end. Walnut skins in the finish. Boozy. Too big for my taste and may benefit with a little age. Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
I bought this for Hayduke but gave in and drank it myself. Hopefully I can find him another. This was really good. It pours dark with a nice tan head. A nose of whiskey, vanilla, roasted notes, and wood. Delicious aroma. The flavor matches that perfectly. It is so rich and smooth. Alcohol doesn’t seem big and it snuck up on me. Such a good beer. Tmoney99 (14970) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured clear dark brown color with a minimal bubble off-white head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate sweet malt, wood, brown sugar with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy wood and complex sweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle shared at work. Pours a lightly hazed amber brown with a thin white head that appears after a bit of diligent agitation. Big warm bourbon on the nose, coffee, malt. Medium bodied, toast and caramel. Sweet boozy vanilla. Chocolate, coffee, toffee. Long cocoa on the finish.
deyholla (12260) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a slight amber hue and a caramel brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet grains, caramel, burnt marshmallow and a hint of backing coconut and orange zest. Flavor begins sweet with caramel and burnt marshmallow but has a good amount of coconut, oak and toffee in the finish. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle, shared with Dmac, and also picked up at Canals Marlton. Pours out a dark rootbeer brown, bordering on black with a thing slightly off white head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, sweet candy, wood, chocolate and some alcohol on the background. Taste is all about complexity, lots going on here. Vanilla, oak, cocoa, light coffee, bourbon, sweet caramel, honey, toast, light bitterness with a slight warming alcohol note on the finish. Once again a great anniversary blend. italianjohn (3254) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Deep brown pour thin beige creamy bubbly head light lacing .... aroma is of vanilla/bourbon, tobacco, oak and caramel malts/toffee .... taste is complex with vanilla/bourbon, oaky, tobacco, dark fruits (figs), caramel malts and lightly roasted/chocolate ... smooth and creamy mouthfeel ... finishes dry with some bitter hops and some warming abv ... good balance so well put together and the abv is hidden fairly well bhensonb (15756) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bomber from the Novato BevMo. Pours deeply ruddy with flashing garnet glints. Head is 3 finger creamy dark beige. Aroma is primarily chocolate. It’s almost like there’s orange/cherry under the chocolate. Full bodied. The alcohol is like another flavor. In a way this is like a fruit filled chocolate covered liqueur. Very, very smooth. Getting cherry and orange. It’s hovering on the edge of sweet, but there’s enough hop to keep it there. I could ramble on, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful dark beer that is incredibly easy to drink. drfabulous (8579) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22 ounce from Pear Deli, Seattle. I saw it. I bought it. Big bourbon and vanilla taste. Small tan head fades quickly. Lots of wood in there, but lots of vanilla as well. Very tasty.