BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2017 HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage in the gray ceramic bottle served in a snifter. Dark brown cola pour. Surprising amount of carbonation for the age under a cork. An off white head fades quickly but a gentle swirl brings the dense, consistent foam top right back for a moment. Aroma is maple, oak, and bourbon. It’s got the same aroma as Utopias or Triple Bock. I had this in 2009 upon the release audit was a luxurious, boozy, elixir. This is still good but I’m sad to say that at this age it’s lost a lot of the body and sweetness I recall from before. The flavor is more oak than beer and the palate is very thin. Alcohol heat remains but this drinks much more like a whiskey than a beer. I wish I had opened this one sooner.
Bottle sampled in a glass, ‘2013’ on the label,
this ale had a dark brown pour and gave a small off-white head that dissipated to a small ring with an island of bubbles the size of a quarter, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the glass,
the nose had aromas of bourbon liquor, caramel, toasted malt, a little dark fruit that resembled raisin soaked in liquor,
the flavors were bourbon liquor, a little bourbon candy sweetness, toasted malt, wood,
faint dark fruit in the background,
the mouth feel was medium to less than full, it had soft to average carbonation, some alcoholic bite and warming on the throat,
the bourbon crowded out everything else, unfortunate for what could be a very nice drink.
beskid (420) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2017
Bottle share in Lodz. 2013 bottle. Aroma is caramel and strong bourbon notes. Sweet with clear barrel profile, lots of wood, vanilla, coconut, caramel. oobawa (1865) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2017
2013 bottle. Wasn't expecting this bottle to be so far off from the 2014 Rye Barrel edition, but the bourbon-barrel version is hampered by a unexpectedly rough nose. Aroma is, well, off-putting, bready and dry with hints of bourbon but a somewhat unpleasant yeastiness offsetting the oak and booze. (Might also have a strong dose of cork.) Murky brown pour befits such a massive brew. Taste starts with traditional Old Stock indulgences, caramel and brown sugar and dark fruit notes, then grows a woodsy bitterness with hints of molasses and anise. Bourbon comes in strong on the finish, offering up a whiskey fade touched with vanilla and oak. Texture's as smooth and clean as a 14% beer can be. Would be phenomenal if it weren't for the nose. bursprak (3284) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2017
Shared bottle @ $$$ share. Dirty amber pour with no head. Tons of brrrbn, vanilla, sticky sweet and some abv burn. j.hi (33) - - OCT 1, 2017
Had the 2013. About as good as a beer gets. Nice appearance aroma a little light. Wonderfully complex and mouth filling. Long lasting and very mellow evolving taste. To be savored by itself.
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hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Bottle share at the Humboldt Homebrewer's camp out. This was the 2013 version. Very dark red with a tan head. Nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla and raisin and dark ripe fruit. Full body. Flavor is intense with a lot of bourbon/wood and a the dark fruit. Finishes boozy. Simply outstanding. RasmusOtt (2933) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle @ Erik bottleshare. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of caramel. Huuuuge boozy bourbon notes, ripe plums, raisins and figs. Taste is pretty boozy with notes of caramel, dark sweet fruits and well yeah. Booz. Homer321 (5250) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2017
500ml bottle to snifter. Still pour. Clear, deep red. No head. Strong vanilla and some oxidation. Mostly Sherry. Taste is smooth vanilla and a chewy mouthfeel. Although it's flat it's still a great beer. Carbonation would put this is the God tier range. SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle 2013: Poured a murky burgundy brown with tan head. Aroma is huge bourbon and vanilla. Wow, taste is very complex with loads of vanilla, oak, and malty. Alcohol still prevalent in the finish. pictoman (1254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2017
Poured from 500mL bottle (2013 reserve 14.1% abv). Murky brown with very minimal beige head and a tiny bit of sediment. Lots of caramel malt and stone fruit with mild bourbon, hint of vanilla, and a hefty hit of alcohol to finish. Great flavours, but the alcohol finishes a little too hard, taking away from the overall experience.