alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2012 StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Pours a deep brown with a hint of red and minimal lacing. Aroma is wood, dark & red fruit, a touch of nuts, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is very nice, a great velvet texture that hits a nice balance between bitterness and savoriness. Very, very nice.
Draft at Jackie O-s. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma shows caramel wood, brandy, dark fruits and some roast. The flavors are similar with caramel, brandy, dark fruits, a hint of red grapes, roast and wood. This would be a problem if it were bottled or canned; very drinkable. pushkinwow (2889) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
Sample during the speaker series of Night of the Barrels (EBF) so had some time to enjoy this one. Brown with a light brown head. Oak, caramel, nutty, brandy, tannins, plum, some malt and booze. Full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and thick on the palate, brandy becomes more present and quite hot, sweet and prickly, would be a great substitute for a hot toddy. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Dark brown pour with a fluffy beige head. Aroma yields brandy, oak, toffee, and molasses.Flavor follows suite with an aggressive brandy finish. heavy roast aftertaste, on the verge of being smokey. Great example that really showcases the brandy barrel. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
draft at the release... this was the star of the day, perfectly balance barrel aged beer that shows off the spirit but still has the base come through... excellent JStax (7131) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Poured on draft. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a beautiful combination of brandy, oak, caramel, and molasses. Taste is much the same with an elegantly flowing of nuances to a brandy-esque finish. Kick-ass beer.
Dogbrick (13554) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. Pours cola-colored with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malt. Rich and smooth body with flavors of brandy-infused chocolate, caramel and malt. The finish is malty with a roasted nut and dark fruit aftertaste. Above average overall. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
This poured a cloudy darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of brandy, lots of buttery notes, and light toasted caramel malt. Flavor was almost all brandy, very little underlying brown ale there. Once again I keep picking up butter that I believe is from the brandy that I also got from the brandy DA egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, caramel, vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, wood, nuts, and light alcohol. Taste of oxidation, brandy, dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, and light alcohol in the finish. JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2011 Sample at the Public House bottle release on 6/25/11. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Caramel and buttered toffee nose with malt and booze. Buttered toffee flavor with roast, a bit of black cherry and a boozy finish.