AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin offwhite lacing N: Orange, lime, chocolate, vanilla, oak, cedar, coffee, ash, apple T: Vanilla, chocolate, hint of tar, apple, pear O: Wow! Very deep and complex and still smooth. Lovely! ctipping (2268) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Originally reviewed 4/4/2012. Dark brown murky pour with no head. Not even a stray bubble. Flat as hell. Lots of gross looking sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
The nose is out there. Chocolate, apple, leather that all combines to smell like bourbon-barrel Coca-Cola. Sweet aroma. Boozy, too. Fascinating and very nice.
Tastes of sweet caramel, apple, and again coca-cola. Leathery, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Licorice. I get a lot of the Eau de Vie, but not a lot of the bourbon barrel in the taste. Very sweet.
Flat as hell. Thick and syrupy. Sweet. Everything that makes it tough to drink.
It’s a fascinating beer. I honestly don’t know how much I like it. The flavors are amazing, although I don’t know how well they go together. Unique enough to really impress me, though. Ratman197 (15616) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2016
2007 bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan bubbles. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, smoke, fruitiness, bourbon, brandy and light oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiish. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, fruitiness, bourbon, light smoke, light brandy and a hint of oak with a smooth dry lingering fruity toffee finish. Dogbrick (14309) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a hazy dark copper-brown color with a medium thin foamy white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark fruit, oaky bourbon and vanilla. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around. jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle - huge thanks to Max for sharing this one; shared with Vinny and Paul. Pours a deep brown body with soft lace. Nose is super woody, dark fruits and rich roasty espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of wood dominating the palate - but in a good way; with notes of rich roasted dark fruits, maple, molasses and soft gentle alcohol in the back.
PhillyCraft (8195) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle generously shared by Max at Pauls. He said this one was at least 5 years old. Pours brown color with minimal head and lace. Notes of basement, florals, plum, fig, dirty wood, sticky molasses, and rich stogie. Medium to fuller body. Easy going and luxurious at the percent. I miss hair of the dogs of this quality, had about 15 at Borefts a year ago but they were all shit. This one brought me back to the good old days. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
2010 bottle. Aroma is rich dark fruit, apple brandy, cookie dough, mild bourbon, huge vanilla, and light smoke. Tastes like apple brandy and cookie dough mostly. Huge vanilla, some dark fruit, some chocolate, light smoke. Just the slightest oxidation. No carb. Medium body and super slick mouthfeel. Pretty awesome overall. I’m betting this is past its peak. Would love to try this again some day a little fresher. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery Tap Room (Portland, OR). Consumed on site, 2010 Vintage. Pours a deeper hazy brownish hue, some purple jabs of dried fruit, tamarind color with a gentle glow on the edges that is subtle. Loose bubbly head dies to a mellow ringer, tannish layer laces smaller but the nature of the beer likely leads to that. Aromas are dried fruit, a bit of raisin and vanilla meet jabs of toast, caramel and faint cocoa. More dark and dried fruit preach plum, black cherries and raisin elements mixing with some decent growing bourbon influence, spirit and vanillin, gentle warmth and subtle apple influenced spirit. A bit deeper, residual brown sugar and gentle caramel malts behind with mellow toast. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of barrel thinning leaves it with a touch of body. Caramel and oak meet dark fruit, subtle yeastiness and some fuzzy tannic oak. Gentle spiciness, dying sweetness and more raisin, gentle tannic and sticky faint molasses appeal, brown malts. A fruit element that melds and expands, dark fruit, gentle apple, some nice oak elements and oxidized and sherry like vinous appeal is firm and flowing. Rich flavors, sufficient expertly manicured oak influence as this one ends up smooth and rich all at the same time. Chocolatey and biscuity, so much going on as the flavors ebb and flow wonderfully. Rich and flavorful, a good mastered blending and aging time as this one ends up light enough without being just oak/spirit dominated. Rich, a bit carmelized, brown malt and molasses mix with toastiness, oak, and gentle fruit, dark fruit and plum. Subtle honey, earth, oak and that gentle apple spirit really adds some complexity on top of that lovely well managed bourbon spirit. Delicious masterfully crafted stuff. World class. While the nose and pour aren’t necessarily winning awards, the flavors and flow contained within definitely are. Heather_B (256) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2013 bottle split 3 ways on 3.29.14.
Dark chocolate in color with no head. Smells like dark fruit and a bit earthy.
Flavor is toffee and some chocolate notes. Very oily. Drinkable. I like it! BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2010. Deep caramel malty smell and taste. Full body, very low carbonation, and no foam.