AirForceHops (7535) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
22 oz Bottle shared by Adam. Dark brown with lasting white head. Aroma is really nice. Traces of bourbon vanilla, oak barrel, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Flavor is very nice. The complexity changes after every few sip. The stout influence is really forward. Caramelized malts, oak, some toffee light vanilla, with the body nearly all stout aspects. Texture is oily and smooth. I enjoy the master blending of this brew. I used to feel like blended beers where kind of pointless but after a few FSW blends I changed my mind. This is just tasty. tkgeiger (2) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Aroma: roast, chocolate, touch of bourbon, cherries
Appearance: black, tan head that disipates to thin layer. Nice lacing
Taste: chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak, alcohol sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, silky texture. Dry finish
Overall: Amazingly complex. In each sip, flavors layer themselves. Some come and go. Others last for minutes.
Warning: if too warm this beer is heavy and hard to drink. KyotoLefty (10517) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Almost black, bubbly head. Huge nose. Bourbon and vanilla, wood, caramel chocolate, plums and raisin. Big bourbon barrel flavors, vanilla, chocolate, lots of dried fruits, very good use of the barrels. Great balance. Hugely tasty.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Super dark, brown body that nears black towards its core, capped with a tiny tan head - small but long lasting as a thin film. Aroma is very robust; big bourbon & vanilla combo up front... Oak, brown sugar-y sweetness, spicy alcohol, almost with a rye-like quality to it. The taste is even bigger... notes of warm bourbon, maple syrup, toasty brown sugar coated figs, darks, & other various dark fruits. Back-end full of boozy vanillin & plenty of oak, tannin, & wood. Slight cocoa powder & toasted caramel coating aftertaste, also with lots of bourbon. Big, sticky body. Super big beer, here, with a large bourbon presence... Almost seems bigger than 13% ABV at times, but it remains a solid sipper throughout. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Oak molasses figs and slight vanilla taste.
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Always great. I enjoyed 15 a touch more but this is still to die for. It is a must have. A little lighter body than 15. (to me) ACHops (1606) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
On tap @ Beer Junction for Barrel Junction. Pours watery amber brown with thin oily brown head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, earthy sticky malt. Taste is potent thin caramel malt, fig, big roast notes, port, and mild oak. Big flavor juxtaposed against thin body. Not bad, but a little disappointing. Pretty much equal measure barleywine and stout while I was expecting more stout.
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
No retention and minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Tastes of molasses, oak and vanilla. Long aftertaste.
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Great beer. Rated it low because it’s not the best. I have had better tonight! Smells good tastes good next! Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle share at DLD 2013. Pour is dark brown with some slight ruby tints and a small tan head. Aroma is muted with notes of molasses, resin, and wood. Flavor is much more intense with notes of licorice, molasses, campfire, vanilla, and oak. Warming booze on the finish.