ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle via Alex R. Pours a dark brownish black, slightly translucent. Aroma slightly chocolatey roasty, toffee. Body smooth and rich, with a latent sweetness. JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
12oz bottle 2013 vintage pours murky reddish brown with small layer of head, low carb. Nose is deep and rich plum, dark fruit, prune, raisin, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, fig. Taste is similar to nose with an astounding level of complexity, so much going on, rich layered dark fruits and caramel vanilla bread, dark dried raisin and leather. Finishes semi sweet, low bitterness lingering toffee and caramel. Really good, serious brew. AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Blind tasting... Murky brown color without head. Aroma is figs, sugar covered dates and light yeast. WillRunForBeer (2652) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
This is sweet as "all get out". Whoa, sugar covered raisins, figs and dried dark fruit. Slight prune juice hints. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish but never would have guessed 13.5 % after the fact. Later I find it’s the 2013 vintage. The brew reminds me of a older barely wine or high ABV Abby Dubbel. Sweet sugar finish. Super sweetness.
12oz bottle from trade. Dated 2013. Pours muddy brown with a white ring. Aroma is raisin, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is quite sweet. Raisin, date, brown sugar, a bit of red fruit. Warm. I’m liking this, but beware it is nearly cloying. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
February 21, 2015. Bottle at home, 2011 vintage.
Stuu666 (13425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Murky amber without any head. Aroma is plums, figs, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, slight touch of roasted malts. Taste is sweet dried fruits, brown sugar, very light bitterness, some oxidized notes, finish is light roasted malts. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is slightly oxidised, sherry, taste is sweet fruits, sickly caramel, tasty. crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 re-rate 1/16...2013 bottle probably from the reat umich03jm also.........not much to add to below notes. kept rating at 4.4. in my top 10 all time of beers. great stuff. need more.............................................. bottle from umich03jm.dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that’s great. seemed to be sediments in pour from bottle to glass. dark dirty brownish pour with light lacing on edges. dark fruits burnt sugar and toffee in aroma. Same in taste with much sweetness toward end. that’s a ridiculously great tasting beer - some alcohol, some qualities of a port, not hard liquor. loved this!! tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle: Had this many times on tap & from various bottles. Review from a two-year old 2011 bottle, the best vintage I can recall having. Thick pour, deep mahogany & ruby color with a very small khaki crown that recedes to a thin ring in just moments. Huge aroma. Bursting with power. Caramel, warm toffee, brown sugar, plums, black cherry, candied dates, a hint of woodiness, burnt nuts, sherry & brandy booze characters, tobacco, graham cracker, a hint of butterscotch with some vanilla... WOW. Complex beyond belief. Taste is no different; huge dark fruit presence with notes of cherry, plum, prune, & even raspberry. Sticky sweet caramel & toffee drizzle laces with brown sugar, vanilla, brandy, honey, light maple syrup, & even a hint of marshmallow. Slight earthy & nutty tones in the back-end, finishing with complex notes of nuts, toffee, graham cracker, & black raspberry. Huge, sticky body that coats the palate. Just an incredible beer. I might be the only person to feel this way, but I slightly prefer this to the Bourbon Barrel version, if only because much of the dizzying complexity gets blunted with the heavy barrel influence. cfrancis (3453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
Wow. wow wow. This is awesome! Pours dark brown to black with not much carbonation. Aroma is sickly sweet caramel, raisin and toffee. Taste is just great, a bit boozy, but big caramel and toffee sweetness and I mean big. Raisins, plums, figs, oak. It’s just a pleasant sipper. SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle, 2011 3dti0n. Dark brown with a small beige head. Malty nose with some whiskey and sharp alcohol. A bit intimidating. Full bodied and sugary beast, but also soft and full. Lots of malt; brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruit. Alcohol isn’t harsh but warming and it works really well as a sipper for the winter. Short on time I had to line up a couple of Jägerbombs to get things moving. Full and sugary, but not sticky. Long malty finish with bourbon notes even though it is not barrel aged. Really long finish. Neh! Neh! Neh! Fuh! Fuh! Fuh! Indians.