egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Murky prune color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, raisins, light oxidation, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, dried fruits, nuts, vanilla, smoke, cocoa, and a bourbon alcohol finish. Thanks to John for sharing this! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2010
12 oz. bottle. I was really lucky to try this. Very dark brown pour with hardly any head. Just a few sparse bubbles. Very earthy aroma with tobacco, smoke, light apples. Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate. Really big, complex nose. At first, I found it a bit disjointing, but as I drank the bottle the nose really stood out. Flavor is excellent as well. Tobacco and apple, smoked malt, meat and leather. A bit of dark fruits and chocolate as well. Vinous, with a boozy twinge. Thick, silky, slick mouthfeel with low but complimentary carbonation. Stunning beer. SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to Tampabrew: Poured a black with reddish hazy edges, light bubble head. Aroma is boozy oak and smoke. Taste is nice sweet malt and booziness without huge alcohol feel. Plovmand (8683) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Hazy brown body with a medium light tan head. The aroma is sweet fruit, raisins, peach, caramel and light smoke. The flavour is prune, raisins, dates, sweet peach, light hops, loads of caramel and some smoke. Very complex yet quaffable. Very nice treat. Dedollewaitor (16543) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle @ 4:20 Tasting, Rome. Thanks Alex. Pours dark brown with a small off white head. Nose is roast and soy. Very oily. Vinous and complex. Oak , coffee roast, soy and ashes. Vaguely oxidized. Smooth . . Nice one
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Big thanks to jblauvs. Pour looks like heated up molasses with absolutely no head. Aroma is tremendous; great notes of bourbon, smoke, Applejack brandy, peat, wood, caramel, and touches of fig and molasses. Flavor is fantastic; starts very similar to Bourbon Barrel Angel’s Share, with excellent booze, wood, syrup, and sweet caramel notes. As the flavor progresses it shifts to smoke, charred wood, and really beautiful apple sweetness. The palate is luscious, sweet, and silky, but the alcohol is such a nice addition to the sweetness of the flavor. This stuff is awesome. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pour is viscous, dark brown, syrupy. Aroma is bursting with dark fruits, apple wood, brandy, bourbon peat. Lush and deep, seriously rich malt character. flavor is smokey, apple brandy, rich leather, dark fruit, chocolate, toffee caramel deliciousness. Decadent, boozy, delicious. Everything I love in a beer. Bravo oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Courtesy of jblauvs- thanks bro. The pour is dark molasses brow with absolutely no head. It looks like the most beautiful syrup ever poured into a snifter. The aroma is pure beauty- smoked malts with massive molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, applejack brandy, and mild peat. The flavor is super syrupy sweet dark sugar and dark fruit. Starts with a caramel bourbon vanilla that turns roasty, then smokey and peaty. The palate is rich, thick, velvety, chewy, and caressing. Unbelievable brew. Borresteijn (7595) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle at 4:20 at RBESG Rome. Deep dark brown colour, light beige head. Aroma of sweet and light smoked malts, yeast, earth, fruits and some chocolate. Flavour is sweet, smoked and roasted malts, fruity, earthy, light alcohol bitter finish. Medium to fullbodied. Good stuff. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12 oz bottle, Bottleworks X (2009) had at Brouwer’s on 5/20/10.
Bottle pours super dark brown with very little head; a slight slick of oil floating on the surface. No head whatsoever.
Aroma was incredibley complex: Vanilla, slight smoke, cherry and dark grape, molasses and brandy.
Flavor was even better with a beautiful rich caramel molasses sweetness with some slightly tart fruit and a bitter smoky roasted finish.
Mouthfeel was a super thick oil with hardly any carbonation, but I prefer it this way. I could sip on this for hours.
Overall, this was an incredibly complex beer with so much going on. At the same time, it is a single cohesive brew that is the epitome of barrel aging and blending. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had and is worth the hype. I will for sure have another the next time I’m in Seattle.