arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Pour on tap at GABF, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought big bourbon, oak, vanilla, into slight earth, spice notes, nice thick caramel, toffee and dark sugary malts, hints of dark fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of bourbon, oak, slight spice into sweet toffee, dark fruits, slight vanilla, finishing with a hint of grass and spice, though still sweet. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
500mL at SDBW kickoff. Pours a clear, deep red. Excellent foam. Nose is mild savory meat, heavy vanilla, spicy tamarind, hoppy/india red ale or Sierra Nevada style barleywine. Taste is spicy imperial red ale style, dense cake, big vanilla. Sharp, hoppy, balanced palate. Well done. bytemesis (8257) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle with thanks to cocoapuph! Pours clear deep ruby hazel with a large tan head that dissipates slowly, eventually leaving nice lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, toffee, figs, brandy. Flavor is sweet, some woody astringence that fades as the beer breathes. Light body, a bit fizzy in the mouth. Fairly hot from the ABV. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours dark, dark red with a huge off white head.
Smell incredibly strong brandy and rum soaked raisins. It smells like a spirit.
Taste boozy, sweet rum, cake, and fig. Lots of heat. Chewy. Bit of molasses on the tail, fair amount of burn.
Body more carbonated than I’d like. Full
You can tell there was a lot of barrel to this. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
JW with the awesome share on the 4th of July. Thanks John. Pours an amber color, tan head. Boozy, sweet, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, golden raisins, caramel. Pretty good but not mind blowing.
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark copper pour, small head. Brown sugar, burnt toffee, raisin, brandy, wood, and light vanilla. Pretty sweet and lots of barrel aged character. Overall good, but not fantastic. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!
A: Pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy creme head that starts to cave in on itself. Not much in the way of legs.
N: Intense burnt caramel, some cherry and sherry, oak, pecan, and vanilla. Honey and brown sugar, raisin and more of the charcoaled wood. Very sweet and the descriptions sound very good, but there’s an element missing to tie everything together.
T: Lots of sweet and burnt sugars, tobacco and cigarette ash. Moderate bitterness and a hefty pecan nutiness. Decent, but not outstanding for the style.
M: Very boozy. Tad light, but it has a decent stickiness.
O: Not bad, but it’s pretty average given the competition and it lacks in refinement. Too much astringency, though I really dig the inherent nuttiness. Gets better as it warms, and it came out of my cellar around 55 degrees already. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle pours dark brown with thick very persistent head, really coats the glass. Aroma sweet, almost maple. taste sweet with caramel/toffee, dark fruits and brandy. Finish with hop and oak bitterness with a nice tingle of carbonation, hops and alcohol. Thick palate. Pretty good, glad I tried it. mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep brown very carbonated! Toffee and burnt sugar nose. Taste is brownie and brown sugar, some caramels too. Very boozy Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
big brandy nose as soon as the bottle opens. Nice deep maroon color. About a finger of dark tan head, that dissipates to lacing. Huge oak, candy apple brandy nose. Other aromatics of fig, plum, raisin and alcohol. No alcohol heat though, likely due to the extended aging. Thick mouthfeel. Tons of oak tannin and green apple flavor. Lingering and finishing alcohol burn, and a note of dry chocolate. Good, and complex, but seems like a close but no cigar beer, as far as big barrel aged offerings go