GenDV138 (6433) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, some tart notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Tart notes are weird, possibly slightly infected?
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a murky brown with some hazy, beige head. Nose is chewy, booze, some candy sugar, brandy, caramel Flavor is sweet, loads of apples and brandy, caramel, bread. Full bodied, boozy finish. Very heavy.
solidfunk (8058) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some citrus, light smoke and light caramel. Light tangy finish. Brown pour. Pretty good stuff. Definitely better than the regular, though this tastes so different from the other it makes me think something happened in the barrel. In any case it was a good thing. Bottle shared at tasting.
Travlr (22462) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color. Aroma has huge vanilla, light spice. Taste is herbal vanilla and butterscotch. Oily mouthfeel. Nice.
tom10101 (5686) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (22 oz). From cparles, thanks Chris! Hazy amber with a medium beige head and light/medium lacing. Aroma of rum, spices, boozy notes, caramel, sweetness and brown sugar. Taste is slight to moderately sweet and, unfortunately, sour/acidic (light, but disturbing) with rum, spices, caramel and alcohol. Medium but weak body. Low carbonation. Acidic. Nose is good, but the taste seems to be infected, or at least too acidic for the style. Weak.
Minderbinder (3422) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black (or very dark brown) with low beige head. Aroma is of malt, sugar, dark fruits, alcohol. Taste is of malt, sugar, dark fruits, alcohol, very slight bitterness. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Good. Sweet and malty. Not cloying. Not an homerun though.
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with no head. Aroma of rum, brown sugar, raisins, brown malt, caramel. Flavor is quite sweet, woody notes, annoyingly lightly sour again. The light tartness isn’t too bad flavor-wise, but it really ruins the palate. Big malty beers that should have rich full palates have puny little thin, acrid malt water palates. This one retains some oilyness to the palate, but mostly because it is almost flat. Oh well.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby, no head.
Smell huge red fruit and rum
Taste sweet rum, gum, and cherry.
Beerman6686 (6497) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a lighter brown with an off white head. Aroma was lots of rum, caramel, some dark fruits. Flavor were similar, rum was too strong like most of their rum barrel beers, but a solid barleywine behind it.
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample during 7th Anny. Pours a murky brown color with a small creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have rum soaked caramel, vanilla, wood, light toasted nuts, touch of roast, hints of earth with a touch of bitterness to the finish. Great sipper, finishes on the dry side. Probably less rum influence than the bourbon influence in the other.