JulienHuxley (5807) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep red black pour with white head. Aroma is really rich, nice toasty notes, super fruity, boozy, cherries. Taste is rich, roasty, a bit mineral, fruity, boozy finish. Palate is full bodied, hot, with good carbonation. andrewje41 (3880) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2016
22 oz boxed bottle poured at Brouwers. Going through some old notes now. This is probably the most interesting beer series to me at the moment. Cool to get the opportunity to try a bunch all in a short amount of time. Pours black with almost no head. This one expressed more age than the others in my opinion. Soft cocoa aroma with a rich malt flavor. Soft herbal, chocolate, biting finish. Overall on the sweet side. Very nice beer here, but a little less memorable than the rest. NeuroPliny (247) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
Poured from a 750cc bottle shared with ML. Pours dark brown. Small quickly fading tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavour is bourbon up front with sweet malts, toffee, and molasses nicely balanced by a hoppy finish. Awesome barrel-aged blend! bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Black pour. Little head. Malty chocolate nose. Mellow flavors that grow through the drink. Super smooth. Excellent. Sebilinz (2345) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Brown body with tan head. Aroma is nice fruity with malts and some barrels. Taste is nearly the same but with more fruits. Aftertaste is nice. Nice one
Saeglopur (2177) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
650 ml bottle shared by Sebilinz, thanks!
Werckmeister (3184) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
Dark brown body, with a small, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of barrel, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coconut, some dark fruits.
Taste follows this, with additional dried fruits, cocoa, booze.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, roasty, dry, with coffee, cocoa, wood, dark fruits, some liquorice.
Really tasty. Big, complex and smooth for the ABV. Maybe a bit boozy, but a really comfortable sipper. Overall not among my favourite beers from this brewery, but another very enjoyable one.
0,75l bottle shared by Sebilinz at Linz RB Tasting, big thanks. BB 31.03.2018. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells spices, wood, coconut, chocolate, coffee, molasses, very nice smell, especially after it warms up. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes malty sweet, chocolate, coffee, spices, wood, very nice slick coconut notes. finishes with some sweetness, notes of chocolate, spices and wood. very nice beer. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention considering the style and high ABV with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Complex, yet very inviting nose with a strong barrel presence that seems nicely integrated into the characteristics of the individual base beers of the blend. There’s a nice toasted oak presence giving off hints of damp wood, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. This is accompanied by various spirits but bourbon seems to dominate. Sweet and spicy with some rye whiskey and brandy. Tequila barrels were used in the PNC portion of the blend but I can’t really pick any of that up in the nose. Five of the eight beers in the blend were aged in bourbon barrels so that naturally dominates yet I can still pick out brandy and other spirit notes.
Although the barrel presence is strong it doesn’t dominate the aroma allowing elements of the various stouts, barleywines and strong ales to stand out. There’s a nice balance of sweet, earthy and roasted malt notes along with spicy rye and a complex hop profile. There’s a decent leathery malt presence that’s complimented by resinous, earthy hops that give off hints of grass and pine needle. I’m also picking up a faint citrus hop presence after the beer warms up a bit. Roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal are countered by a silky dark chocolate presence as well as some caramel, toffee and fudge/chocolate cake.
Fuller bodied than expected with a surprising amount of carbonation. Viscous and chewy with a ton of intense barrel flavor which lingers over the various malt and hop flavors into a sweet, slightly hot finish. There is a strong bourbon barrel component but it isn’t as dominant as it is in the nose. Lots of dry, toasted oak as well as some vanilla, coconut, subtle vinous fruit and a touch of ash. The bourbon presence is sweet and spicy without being overly boozy or abrasive. The brandy, spicy rye whiskey and other spirit flavors come through but I’m still not picking up much tequila. I would have never guessed that those barrels were used if I didn’t read it in the deScription. Underneath the barrel flavors, there is a complex malt bill and a balanced hop profile that surprisingly stands out in the finish. I wasn’t expecting as much barleywine character but it really stands out with leathery malt, bitter, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit flavor. These flavors are complimented by an assortment of sweet and roasted malt notes from the brown ale, black IPA and various stouts used in the blend. Sweet, silky chocolate/dessert like notes along with caramel, toffee and vinous fruit balanced by burnt malt, oatmeal, roasted espresso bean and toast. There is so much going on here and even though the Wookey Jack is only a very small portion of the blend(4.5%), the spicy rye, roasted malt and complex hop profile of that beer really stand out, especially in the finish with dry bitterness, earthy pine and subtle citrus.
Overall, this beer is pretty exceptional and drinks way too smoothly for something of it’s complexity and strength. There are a lot of bold flavors bouncing off of one another but nothing seems to dominate. Something new is found in each sip and everything seems to go together perfectly. Finally, it’s hard to fathom that this beer is 13%. Drinkability is a term that gets loosely thrown around but this beer is truly dangerous. I don’t know how they did it but the blend they came up with expertly masks the high alcohol content. Sure, there is lots of alcohol flavor/sweetness but there’s hardly and heat with just a bit of warmth in the finish. I usually enjoy the FW anniversary beers over the course of an hour but I had to slow myself down with this one. Another exemplary barrel aged/blended beer from the crew at Firestone Walker. GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle dark fruit. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malt and toffee is pretty singular and quite enticing. Taste is a super complex mix of an English barleywine with caramelized and toffee malt with light chocolate notes with some strong whiskey with woody and vanilla notes also noticeable. Body is full with medium carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Quite an enjoyable treat to finish the night.