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. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle at Brasserie 4:20. Clear dark red/brown - brown head. Nice smokey taste and aroma. Bitterness. High malty. Light oxidation. Lovely wood. Roasted malty. Light thin body. Nice. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle thanks bvc. Pour is dark brown, looks like cola. Scents of malt coco and boubon. Taste is rich boubon and coco with nice spice finish. Palate is slick sticky and hot finish. This was a great brew very enjoyable! nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
12oz bottle pours and looks like flat cola. Aroma of smoke, wood pulp, chocolate, toasted malts, dried fruits, comforting bread. Flavor is sweet, caramel, chocolate, light smoke, cola, brown sugar, dried fruits, brandy, pine tar. Full bodied, sticky finish that’s just a little hot at the end. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - APR 13, 2010
12 oz bottle (2009 vintage). The pour is a deep and murky brown with small, white bubbles. The nose is a complex array of smoke, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, apple, and leather. The taste is bourbon and chocolate upfront with a rich, sweet malt characteristic. The taste transitions into apple, smoke, leather, nuts, and a hint of cherry. The palate is thick and chewy like Adam with a small syrupy characteristic. The carbonation is light and the lacing is minimal. This is an amazing beer and truly a treasure. Thanks so much for trading (Trevor at Bottleworks Seattle, WA).
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2010
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of Dr. Bill. Pours a deep brown color, mostly transparent, with tannic hues and a thin layer of wispy white. Aromas of apple, golden raisins, faint smoke, and a touch of bourbon. Some musty, cherry skin aromas noted, and detract a bit from the otherwise rich malt/bourbon characters. As it opens up, some of the dark fruit and soft vanilla components intensify, developing a port-like quality. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, chewy texture, yet not sticky sweet. Could use more carbonation, but what’s there is enough to lighten up the palate sufficiently. Flavors of chocolate and smoke up front on the palate, followed by some roasted notes and bourbon alcohol warmth. Hints of pepper and cherry pie from the wood, although the cherry character is much less noticeable in the flavor than in the aroma. Some burned caramel and molasses sweetness accompany notes of port wine and raisin. Flavors of tobacco and leather linger long into the finish along with a hint of bacony smoke. The smoke is clearly there, yet is integrated well into the beer and doesn’t dominate. Overall, a complex, enjoyable beer. There’s definitely a lot going on, most of which is highly enjoyable. Thanks, Doc! GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
355mL courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours a flat, clear, deep brown with some faint bubbles (who cares though!). Aroma is big rum raisin, dark fruits, apple brandy/calvados, baked apples, coconut, milk chocolate. Taste is light calvados, rich and mellow dark fruits, smores, toffee. Very refined, complex. Yummy yum yum. Travlr (24759) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Muddy brown appearance, no head, no lacing. Aroma is boozy, vinous port wine, dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, scotch, bourbon, prunes, raisins. Nice brew. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2010
Murky dark brown color with no head whatsoever. Aroma is of oak, cocoa, toast and it also has a meatiness to it. Sweet caramel and dark fruit also come through in the nose. Smokelike taste gives a bit of a bacon flavor and there’s also a suggestion of peated malt. Rich caramel and dark fruits are also present with a bit of barrel character. Full bodied with minimal carbonation, this certainly wouldn’t need much carbonation, but it could use more than it has. Still pretty nice and smooth on the tongue. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
Big bourbon nose, lots of raisins, caramel and toffee. Fairly sweet, fairly bitter, toffee and prunes, lots of coconut bourbon. Very nice stuff, I want a cigar with this!