andrewje41 (3986) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Draft 12 oz pour at Brouwers. One ounce for each year of this place. Happy anniversary to these fine folks. More anniversaries means more good beers! Jet black pour with an island cream head. A malty aroma that was a bit strange for me. Slightly offputting. Flavor is much more pleasant, a ton of oak character, a dusty caramel malt, bold and dry oak finish. One of the more impressionable oak aged beers I’ve had in recent memory. Overall, a nice beer here. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2016
22oz bottle sitting on my top shelf for quite a while now. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Malty, dark fruits, earthy, toasted caramel, and nuts. Aged nicely. alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle sampled at Crown #19 shared by someone from old notes. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma had sweet malts, caramel, some dark fruits, hints of peat, I did get a slight tart note but at the time this was enjoyable. The flavor had big, sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruits, hint of peat, again just a hint of tartness, medium to full bodied, under carbonated. Glad to have tried it, a decent beer at the time. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Brouwers 8 at 10th anniversary. dark pour, some head. Aroma is basically charred wood. Taste is muted, not much of anything but charred wood and urinal cake. Body is weak, the whole beer is pretty forgettable. I’m actually annoyed I even ordered this. Rating reflects that -- no off flavors or anything, but still I’m actively disliking this beer. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a bottle at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville. Pours dark brown with an average tan head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is malty molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is holding up amazingly well for the age, some bitter roasted molasses malt, along with vanilla, brown sugar, and very light smoke. The body is full with average carbonation and a long molasses and lightly smoked finish.
mcberko (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
On tap at Bottleworks, pours a near-black with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, brown sugar, and toffee - quite complex on the nose. Flavour brings out smoky whiskey notes, wood, and a little brown sugar. The whiskey is front and centre, but without being too smoky. A whiskey bomb for sure, but done very well. Excellent. thewolf (12629) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. [thanks after4ever]skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours deep opaque black with a large, creamy, beige head. Amazing duration for such an old beer. Aroma has only mild oxidation. Chocolate, toasted caramel, vinious, hazelnuts, plums, mild citrus. Medium carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has held up amazingly. Chocolate, hazelnuts, walnuts, mild roasted, some caramel, sweet sugar, vinious. Light grainy cocoa nibs notes. Heavy bitterness that adds to the nice, warming sensation. Wonderful.
Amazed I hadn’t rated this already. This will go down as one of my favorite beers ever, and definitely one of my favorite BW releases. Huge and rich and just insane overall, this brew boasts some of the deepest peat flavors I’ve tasted in beer (besides being aged in barrels), and loads of dark fruits from the combo of malts used. Brilliant hop intrusion in the thickness of it all, as it blends together perfectly. Wish I still had a bottle...full that is...as somewhere in my cellar is an empty signed by the artist, Sensei23, himself! ACHops (1594) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2013
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Pours inky brown with thin off white head. Aroma is dark peaty malt with notes of whiskey. Taste is big burnt roasty malt with earthy hops on the finish. Smoky throughout. Big thick taste, though 10% feels a bit strong. I don’t normally like scotch ales but the extra hops and alcohol make this quite palatable. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Huge thanks to Matt for bringing this want list beer of mine and sharing it at Coffee District. Though quite old now this beer has become probably something beyond what it ever was originally. But I will rate it based on what I tried. And what I tried I loved. Slight acidity on the nose but also huge cherry, raisin, and caramel malt. Flavor is very much like a barley wine now. With strong raisin and prune, medium bodied and finishes lightly sour. The sourness was probably not intended but makes it interesting. I doubt many would rate it as high as me, but I really loved it. Thanks to 50belair!