j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle shared by John at work. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Bourbon on the nose right away, roast and cocoa, chocolate, wood. Warm bourbon, cocoa. Long sweet roast, more cocoa. Lots of depth and a good amount of subtlety. Lingering wood, roast, cocoa, chocolate. slowrunner77 (12814) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Man...don’t know where to start with this one. This year’s blend (which over the last 2-3 years has become THE seasonal release) is rather stout heavy (42%). So was XIII, my personal favorite. This year’s is maaaybe a notch lower in pure awesomeness...better than 14, a step behind the barleywine heavy 15 (hard not to try and rank these in my head, but I love em all). Probably THE most complex of the blends. Still sweet leaning, a little heavy and sticky, but surprisingly lacking in alcohol burn. Warm? Yes. Hot? No. Aroma sensory delight...cocoa, mocha, leather, wood, bourbon/vanilla, and a hint of brandy and yes, tequila (very very subtle, a tiny bit more in the flavor). A floral honey-like sweetness from the Helldorado (probably my favorite componenet), light toffee and caramel (DDBA) and dark fruit. Taste is likewise so ridiculously complex (though bourbon and cocoa dominant, it goes waaaay beyond those flavors). Slight twang from "other" barrels and an ever so slight note of rye and hops from the Wookie (like last year’s use of DBL Jack, just to temper sweetness. Expensive at $22 per, but you can tell the craftsmanship that goes into something like this. One of the most decadent and complex beers I’ve had. And the best part? No hint of surprise in that statement. "
thewolf (12802) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013.Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours clear dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, plums, chocolate, caramel, toasted, port, oak, vinious. Low carbonation, lovely oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has luscious chocolate, nuts, port, caramel, vinious, plums, toffee. Very mellow and smooth.
On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Great wood ageing, still hoppy. Coconut, but does not detract from good drinkability. Pinball (12328) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
licorice, roasted malts, mild cellary note. dark brown, small light brown head. flavor is roasted malty, caramelly, bourbon, sweet licorice.
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. Brown/red coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma: Roast, caramel, sweetness, molasses, tar. Flavour: Chocolate, roast, liqourice, herbs, bourbon, vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Ends spiced roasted and a tad bitter. Nice. Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Draught @ Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CAdaknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, caramel, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Dark pour. So much in the aroma. Oak, bourbon, raisins, tequila, toffee. Flavor is rich, sweet, boozy, raisins, barrels, charred oak. Nice again from FW! BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bomber. Unbelievably good! Huge blend of bourbon, brandy, whiskey, tequilla, wood, and roasted/sweet malts. Blends very well together - awesome!! hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky dark brown pour with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose is nutty and oaken with a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with airy carbonation. The malty, roasty, sweet flavor consists mainly of fudge and dark chocolate. Finishes silky and sweet. Big-time thanks to newcigarz for providing this bottle of world class beer!