Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Clear, deep amber....short tan head.
Caramel/fruit scent.....a whiff of booze.
Sweet, fruity....caramel....slightly sticky.
A little alcohol presence in the flavour.
Very good. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Mostly clear red - orange color. Slightly brown. Thin, off-white head. Couple dots of lace on the side of the glass. Kind of spicy taste, moderate sweet. Minimal bitter, just the slightest bite in the finish... 9% ABV is otherwise reasonably well hidden. Bigger body. Kind of smooth, lighter carbonation. Slightly dry finish, and a somewhat spicy, slightly slick finish. Good caramel, butterscotch, light spice, vanilla, hint of candy sugar. Burnt caramel type sugars, kind of tiramisu-like... Pretty solid, complex, tasty barrel-aged belgian... Not sure what genre it fits under, dark trippel? Heavy dubbel ? Whatever it is, it’s pretty nice, and a great value for the money. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Toasty barley malt and dark fruit aroma. Deep chestnut with a large beige head. Sweet dark fruit, barley malt and alcohol flavor. Medium full creamy body, soft carbonation. shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate and barley malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Milk chocolate and barley malt flavor. Light alcohol finish. Pretty good. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Draft. Pours hazy light brown/copper, small off-white head, little retention/lace. Aroma of dark fruit, brandy, fruity ester, banana, clove, vanilla. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, fruity ester, clove, vanilla. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish. Not a lot of barrel character but very enjoyable.
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby/ mahogany color . Small quickly dissipating head. The nose...oh boy the nose. brown sugar, brandy, dates,plums,molasses it smells wonderful. The taste follows, strong sweet malty backbone. Dark fruits with light brandy and molasses notes appear. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy without being too thick. Fantastic Beer! Panzuriel (2238) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Holy Sheet in brandy barrels, picked up at my local Giant Eagle Grocer. Poured from bomber into tulip glass. This beer pours a ruby brown clear liquid with a small head of small off white bubbles. Nose is sweet malt with hints of vanilla, oak and dark cherries. Taste is sweet with restrained vanilla, caramel and oak. Stone fruit towards the end of the taste. Body is satin with little apparent carbonation. The brandy notes linger past the finish. superspak (5587) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, clove, pepper, oak, toffee, light vanilla, light brandy, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and robust malt flavors; with a fair amount of barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged dubbel. All around great complexity and balance of yeast ester, robust malt, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. drfabulous (7941) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2013
From the bottle. Malty aroma and murky brown pour. Lots of brown sugar in body and taste. Some barrel. Tastes more like a barley wine. BeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours murky brown with a medium, frothy beige, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is brandy, oak, vinous notes, caramel, brown sugar, dates, and Belgian yeast spices. Flavor is malt dominant with brandy, oak, and dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, Belgian yeast spices and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.