doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Many thanks to eaglefan538 for this delicious beer. WOW, this beer is awesome. Pours a deep caramelly brown color. Very small white head of small bubbles. Smells of vanilla, oak, alcohol and super sweet malts. The taste is a great blend of the oak and vanilla flavors along with the the super sweet maltiness. A great brew because the characteristics from the barrel don’t overwhelm the beer itself. Palate is thick and full, excellent carbonation and just a little alcohol burn on the finish. Great beer. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Bottle from P-ville. Wow, this one has a pretty high RSD. The pour is ruddy muddy deep brownish with ruby highlights and a 1-finger off-white head. The nose is great; cherry, berry, funky cobwebby yeast, candi sugar, dark malt, merlot, spice, oaky cognac....smells a lot like Rocheforte 10. The palate is rich, complex, with a lvely fruity spicy flavor, giving flavor hints of malt, funky yeast, cherry, oaky bourbon, merlot, and fig, all melding together very well. This one is outstanding. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
(750ml 2007 vintage via trade with BA TroyG2352 rating #1100!) Pours clear ruby brown with a ring of bubbles. Nose of vanilla, sherry, rum raisins, figs, dates, and bourbon. This smelled so complex and incredibly delicious. Taste of raisins, warming alcohol, rum, very sweet, vanilla, pipe tobacco, wood, cinnamon apples, maple, and caramel. The taste was as complex and delicious as ANY beer I’ve ever had. The finish was creamy, carbonation was perfect, and the linger is extremely long. Tons of dried fruit flavor. What an AMAZING beer. I finally found one of the 5 island beers. Meaning, if someone asked what would be the 5 beers you’d take with you to an island, this would definitely be one of them. Simply one of the best (if not the very best) beers I’ve had in my life. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Rating 3100 thanks to jkwalking05. I don’t know if other raters got a different batch, but this was fantastic (abv was listed at 12+%). Pours a completely flat, hazy brown, but with HUGE alcohol legs everywhere (think sake, mead or an sort of hard liquor). Aroma is supreme and supremely complex. Aroma of brandy, oak, bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, richness, dates, leather, butter, spicy (heavy toasted) wood, currants and mass complexity. I could never imagine that the taste would live up to the aroma, but IT DID! Taste of straight madeira/sherry, rich brandy, toffee, dates, awesomeness, sweetness, richness, oak, vinous. Amazing long duration. Caramel and spice. Like I said, awesome! Hugely syrupy and rich body. AMAZINGLY, SURPRISINGLY, AWESOME! Truly one of the best beers that I have ever had! egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Aged 4 months in Chadds Ford Merlot Barrels... Poured a dark brown color with a thin, off white film for a head that left no lacing on the glass. A very complex aroma of vanilla, plums, raisins, molasses, and sweet honey. Taste was also sweet, of more vanilla oak, caramel malt, light roast, vinous, grape, that finishes alcoholic. A different, though very nice quad. I enjoyed this big time.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
BCTC 2007. Cloudy brown body topped by a small tan head. From the nose I knew I was in for a treat. Flavourful dark fruits dipped in vanilla and wrapped in a thick caramel coating. Lots of grassy hops. The barrel aging on this batch was just perfect, noticeable but not over-the-top. Woody with oak sourness. The end result felt like a cross between a Belgian ABT and an American Barley Wine. And not only that but it was the best of both worlds. Like if Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz had a child together. I know it is technically impossible but every night I imagine them trying. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Brown color with a full forming, long lasting foam. Terrific aroma that showcases an array of barrel elements (bourbon, vanilla, coconut), along with some malt (caramel) and yeast character. Flavor is amazingly complex, with a well integrated barrel character and lots of flavors from the original beer as well. Weighty feel on the palate as well. Simply a damn good brew. I would collect it if it were a little more affordable. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. An excellent beer. Huge malty sweetness w/ oak, raisins, brown sugar, and spicey alcohol undertones. Very good and drinkable. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light tan lacing head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruits. Flavor of molasses, vanilla, very smooth and creamy, toasty and dark fruits. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 (750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany edges and a small beige head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, chocolate, fig, vanilla, and brandy. Flavor of toffee, prune, raisins, caramel, and chocolate that dries with some subtle oak in the finish.