ineedbeer (2325) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml, 2027 vintage bottle.
Aroma is malt forward with caramel, toffee and raisin. Hints of cherry, fig and dates. Light alcohol spice with light oak. Hints of bourbon and a bit more.brandy.
Pours brown with some toffee/caramel hues and a small tan head that recedes to the edges where it lingers. No lacing and moderate length legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of caramel, toffee and toasted bread. Some raisin, cherry, fig and date notes. Medium brandy and light bourbon notes with faint oak. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer. Very malt forward with some raisin and fruit notes. Some nice fruit notes. marcus (10954) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 17, 2017
On tap at Cap Tap. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a chocolate and bourbon aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a slightly bitter finish and a warm bourbon trail. mcberko (20253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
On tap at Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival, pours deep dark orangey brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of whiskey barrels upfront, followed by caramel and dark fruits. Flavour is huge on the caramel, followed by bourbon and vanilla. Tastes like a barley wine. Decadent stuff. slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Murky dark amber pour. This ones mostly about the barrel. Lots of vanilla, wood, coconut with some malty backbone. You can tell its strong but also ridiculously smooth. DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
[2/12/15] Draught at The Sycamore in San Francisco. 2013 edition. Black with a nice creamy head. Lovely aroma full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coconut. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied and rounded. Great.
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
On tap at the Beer Baron. This one pours a dark hazy amber color with an off white head. The aroma has huge notes of maple, bourbon and caramel. The flavor is very sweet and boozy with big vanilla, oak and bourbon barrel influence. Background notes of dark fruit and butterscotch. Very heavy handed. Not much else going on besides the big booziness you get from every other big barrel aged beer. On that though, it delivers. bhensonb (16108) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2014
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours fairly dark brown with a beige head. B/V aroma. Full bodied or nearly. This on is strongly bourbon. With a treacle trail. Definitely on the brown sugar side. It may need to age a bit. Must have been a "hot" barrel. Rating this on the bourbon! Cause the beer is sort of submerged. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a hazy dark brown. Sipped at the Beer Belly - One Night Stand. I get loads of coconut off of this one in both aroma and taste. A little bit of wood notes in the back too. This is very smooth. Silky. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Hazed/murky amber pour with a khaki head. Maple syrup, caramel, and whiskey on the aroma. Nice vanilla, raisin, and a touch of toast. Flavor is very sweet and malt forward. Maple syrup, caramel, and vanilla. Lots of raisin, whiskey, and dark fruits. Well rounded sweetness. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Tap at Raglan in OB. Murky medium brown with a two finger creamy beige head, good retention. Big boozy sweet vanilla and bourbon up front, even some French vanilla ice cream richness. Plenty of caramel and some light nuttiness in the nose, a little chocolate. Flavor doesn’t quite have the dessert quality to it, as the booze gets a little rougher and brash, but only compared to the aroma. Still vanilla, less ice cream. I was afraid this was going to be a little sweet, but the alcohol and barrel have done a good job drying things out. Semi-dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a medium full body. Very heavy handed on the barrel and bourbon.