DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
2010 Vintage - Bottle- Via Trade. Gracias. Pours somewhat, well, mostly flat looking except the thinnest line I have ever seen of off-white bubbles around the glass’ edge. Bourbon-like nose with some licorice and some sherry notes too. Firm, sweet, dessert-like deliciousness. adequate carbonation. Bourbon, vanilla, licorice, coffee cake, caramel, toffee...just nice velvety sweet goodness that seems to hide the alcohol completely. Not cumbersome on the sweetness either...and though you can’t taste the alcohol, you certainly feel its warmth. Very nice, though not overly complex...but still, a nicely relaxing sipper for sure. Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Opaque murky orange-brown body, thin tight tan head. Potent nose with notes of toasted coconut, wood, sharp alcohol, and sugars. Sweet body with sharp alcohol and bourbon, dominated by brown sugar and tannic oak, almost candy-like with sharp, hot alcohol. Vinous. Intense and delicious. kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle. Courtesy of SourNotes, 2010 version. Pours a dark cola like brown color with very slight collared head. The nose is extreme, with a mix of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slight bite of booze in the start with a very caramel start mixed with dark fruit. Slight banana as well. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Warming alcohol notes. Very easy drinking. hallinghansen (3418) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle vintage 2010 trade from iLikeBrew, thanks. Mud brown body with a tiny offwhite head. Aroma is Bourbon, raisins, plums, alcohol, caramel, wood and sugar. Flavor is bourbon, dark fruit, sweet toffee, light berries and alcohol. Well balanced. Medium carbonated. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A: The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a small layer of off-white/kahki head.
S: Smells like big time -bals. Tongs of bourbon and vanilla with a touch of oak. Lots of great dark fruits like raisins and dates, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A touch of sherry in there as well.
T: Damn this is delicious. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and plenty of vanilla. Lots of bourbon, a bit of oak, maybe even some coconut in there too. A nice chocolatey oxidation to it and some more of the sherry flavor.
M: The body is medium to full with a smooth and sufficient carbonation.
D: It’s kind of boozy, but damn is this stuff is tasty. I could drink a bottle of this almost any day.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
This poured a very murky medium brown color with a very small beige head. Aroma was of lots of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, light alcohol and dark fruits, just awesome. Flavor was certainly not a letdown from the aroma, just silky smooth bourbon, with nice malty sweetness, toffee, light smoke, and a bit roasted too. Reminded me alot of Backwoods Bastard without the alcohol heat. Just amazing stuff. Dogbrick (13760) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011, thanks to Normyk apparently. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a wispy light beige head that disappears quickly. Sparse lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and roasted nuts. Rich body with flavors of raisins, bourbon, sweet caramel and vanilla. The finish is biscuity malt, caramel and sweet ripe fruit. Very good beer all around. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Thanks to the late chswimmer for this tick. Deep dark brown pour with minimal off-white head. Big bourbon aroma with caramel, toffee, roast, and molasses. Maybe some dark fruit. The flavor is also big on bourbon. A little -bal to it as well lending some considerable oaky notes. Complex with candied dark fruits, molasses, roast, and toffee. Medium-full bodied and with slight tannins and lower carbonation. Overall a great -bal aged beer from Kuhnhenn. Way better than the non-bal version. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Courtesy of 15_2_Kuhnhenn. 12oz bottle of 2010 vintage pours murky muddy amber with brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is big smooth boldness, how dare it be this bold, with smooth sweet bourbon, rich vanilla, some caramel candy goodness, earthiness, dates and raisins. The barrel-ness overshadows the drool inducing base beer aromatics. The taste begins with a mix of prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, oh yeah! These notes grow toward bourbon and modest notes of vanilla and spicy oak. Yes. This may very well be amazing in a couple of years. A bit barrel forward and just a tough rough right now but that’s getting picky.