riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
why not rate it? from old notes. Fred fest 09. nose of bour on pale malts dark fruits wood. pours orange amber thin head. flavors of sweet fruits bourbon wood pale malts and some heat. in great shape for its age. smooth and delicious. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours dark hazy amber with little head. Smell is fruity, dark fruit, bit of alcohol, lighter smells as well. Taste is a bit fruity with alcohol on the end. Bitterness and some malt sweetness, some caramel. Decent carbonation and drinkability. Ok yespr (47002) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
From tap at Brouwers. Pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is overripe fruity, vanilla, dense caramel. Smooth toffee and vanilla flavoured. Subdued sweetness. Wooden and vanilla flavoured into a smooth medium dry finish. mcberko (18556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a murky dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, toffee and caramel, dark dried fruits - the barrels are perfect on the nose. Flavour of vanilla, bourbon barrels, dark dried fruits with a slight sourness, and some toffee. Great mesh of flavours with great execution on the barrels. Excellent. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours a dark orange. Grain, fruits, and bourbon on the nose. Lots of bourbon. It’s hot, it’s fruit, and what’s that note... bubble gum! Bizarre. Tasty, but... hmm. Odd.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
09 on tap at Falling Rock. Deep orange pour with a big 2+ finger off white head. Bourbon nose with dark fruits and orange peel. Med body with lots of raisin, dates, vanilla, orange and bourbon. Smooth with a warm sweet bourbon finish. 3fourths (9356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2011
98 draft. cloudy opaque dull brown and orange body with a small off-white head. surprisingly bright nose for something that’s presumably been sitting in oak barrels for over a decade, and the expected signs of oxidation are happily absent. grain bill seems to have more pale malt than most vintages of boardhead i’ve had (which were more dark caramel in color). though it’s turbid and yeasty, the malt is succulent and decadently chewy, the hops balance the sweetness and both the level of alcohol present and the bourbon and oak flavors themselves are well-matched for the body, weight and sweetness of this beer. call me surprised, i wasn’t in the mood for anything like barley wine and certainly wasn’t feeling like bourbon barrelled barley wine, but this stuff impressed me. legit. marcus (10559) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
1998 vintage on tap at Fredfest. Pours murky copper with a decent beige head anda fruity aroma. There is a delicious fruit, toffee and vanilla flavor that is mellow as can be. There is still some carbonation and a powder dry finish, and a subtle bourbon trail. This complex brew has aged very well. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Tap @ FredFest... Holy crap!!!! This was a buzz beer right from the gates. Half pours only allowed this to last about a half hour into the fest. Poured clear, golden with an off-white head. Despite being a 1998 vintage, this still had so much heat going. Lots of whiskey flavors, oak and wood tones, creme-brulee, malts, and big time sweetness. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2010
98 vintage. Goodness. This beer was brewed when I got married. That’s perspective. Sherry nose, amazed in the complexity between caramel and wood. Sublime, more impressed at how this beer as stood up, velvet as a fine port, melodic. Visceral. Wood note has crescendoed, and the bourbon seems to have become sweeter and condensed and taken on notes of cherry. Applause all around.