AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Pours dark caramel with no head. Dried fruit, toffee and Bourbon in the nose and flavor. A bit hot but smooth on the palate. flatmatt (1627) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2016
12 oz bottle from the brewery, dated 2015. Pours a deep red brown with a yellowish off-white head. Strong bourbon and raisin fig aroma, molasses. Flavor has raisin dark fruit, molasses, and bourbon oak with a bit of oxidation. Really very good. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2012 bottle. Deep brown with some haze and no head. Plum, sugar, caramel and booze. Holy wow. Just amazing. Completely hides the ABV. First 20 overall I've ever given. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes. fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
A-- Poured a deep, dark amber brown. Great looking ruby hues to this. Little to no head at all. Just a thin layer of film with this. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and ABV legs.
S-- Holy crap!!! Rich bourbon, total kick in the ass smell. Big amounts of bourbon, melted brown sugar, Carmel, vanilla, toasted oak and dark fruits. Spent several minutes just smelling the nose on this.
T-- Matches the nose but bigger. Sublime taste as just blends very well together with the barrel. Still get the dark fruits and bits of strawberry jam. Not a lot of hops so a dead give away that this is more slanted to an English Barleywine. Kick ass beer.
M-- Rich, thick, decadent. Sublime really. Silky smooth. Biggest fault is the obvious alcohol. Very obvious sipper, still quite smooth though. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Honestly a beast of a beer.
O-- Damned good. One is enough though. Heck, honestly this beer is a monster. Would love to have again. Not as good or as rounded as MOAS, or older vintages of Arctic Devil but pretty much a world class beer worth looking for and hording as much as possible
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle; 2009 vintage; thanks to Derek for the trade; slight hiss upon opening and pours a flat, murky orange-brown mix; vanilla cookies, sweet bourbon, thick caramel malt and a little chocolate mixed in too; aromas has as yummy doughy, sweetness to it; dark fruits, yummy bourbon and a slight burn going down; still very drinkable for 14%; murky mouthfeel with dried fruits, plums, brandy sweetness and cookies; oranges, bourbon, doughy malt, slight oxidation that seems to work; yummy and decadent desert beer DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Stud tasting 1.0 held at general_gaos. Thanks for putting up with us colin! Pours a brownish red with no head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, strong malts, and cherry. Flavor is up front celery, blood/minerals, sea weed, booze, cherry, foot, funk. Finishes boozy, warming, some tartness. I guess even at a stud tasting you get one turd. I think the other two guests enjoyed this one, so it was just me, not the bottle JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Ah, the beauty of the RBSG grand tasting. After sampling PP Le Woody Brune and Mo Betta Betta, I turned around to find AlohaC pouring samples of this, so much thanks to Christian for this one. Deep amber pour, loose soapy head. Rich caramel and bourbon aroma , heavy sweet malts, spicy alcohol tones, but the whole package is rich enough that it comes together. The taste is reined in, surprising due to the alcohol content, plus it’s Kuhnhenn. Rich fruity taste, dark fruits, oak, moderate bourbon. Very nice. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Sampled from a 2009 Bottle and on tap at Kuhnhenn’s,
has a hazy red pour with some brown hues, just a few bubbles appeared on top when poured, bubbles are off-white and light tan colored, light effervescence in this beer, there was some lacing on the sides of the glass, and some light brown sediment in the bottle (this ale is not filtered),
this beer had aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, Bourbon, lots of malt, raisin, honey, a mixture of light and dark fruit, there was vanilla is in the background, toasted malt, and some floral hops but the caramel seems to cover this up or hide the hop influence,
the flavors consisted of caramel, light and dark fruit-raisin and Bourbon aged Dates, bread crust, there was a light earthy floral fragrance,
this ale had medium bitterness at the finish with a little alcohol heat at the finish (the alcohol gave some bitterness on the palate), there is light fruit citrus on the palate, the alcohol grew a little when it reached room temperature but there was a lot of malt flavors to go along with the alcohol,
the mouth feel of this beer is thick,
a great sipping beer, I thought the tap version was better, the mixture of a Barley Wine and Bourbon mixed well, a nice combination.
JBPortland (1574) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2016
12os bottle 2014 vintage pours clear ruby dark red with half finger fizzy head. Nose and taste have lots of big gooey caramel and sweet raisin, plum, fig and various dark fruit, touches of light vanilla spice, bread, cherry and big malty sweetness. Very good but not quite as good as BB4D.