Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a ton of bourbon and toffee notes, with some oak notes mixed in as well. I also get a little bit of vanilla. There is no mistaking the fact this is a bourbon barrel aged beer.
The flavor follows suit. The dominant flavors are bourbon and oak, with some vanilla, maple and toffee mixed in as well. The alcohol in the beer is somewhat hot and could use some mellowing out. Still, I think all of the flavors work very well together and make for an enjoyable beer.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
bottled, thanks to ericandersnavy, hazy orange color with aroma of spice,whiskey and metal, flavor has a metal edge to it to go along with the brown sugar, whiskey and orange, palate was getting thin hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy burnt-orange ale with a small creamy, white head. The bouquet is a melange of caramel, coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Full-bodied and silky with soft carbonation. The flavor provides smooth bourbon warmth and gobs of caramel. Although this bottle is approaching two years of age, the hops are still kicking. Finishes coconuty, bourbony and malty with a finale of acute, lingering hop bitterness. Much thanks to pantanap for shipping this world class treat my way! 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle, big thank you to hopscotch and darkguardian for saving some of this for me. Murky butt mud pour with very little head. Big bourbon nose. All kinds of bourbon with muted caramel malt, dark fruit, bitterness from the hops, and a hint of wood. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle shared with Steve and co, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks, Armin! Brown appearance with a light brown head. Oaky, mild piney hoppy, caramel, toffee, fig aroma. Somewhat piney hoppy, caramel malty, toffee, oaky flavor. Pretty good brew.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a hazed brown body and a small, off-white head. Aromas are very peppery and spicy (oak and alcohol), rye, bourbon, peanut shells. Plenty of alcohol and a light caramelized maltiness. Heavy on the barrel. Flavors are spicy oak, boozy. Quite dry, light caramel and dark fruits. Not very bitter but incredibly spicy and a bit tannic. Medium bubbles and very warming. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Stoke. This is as fantastic as hoped. Big brown pour, light tanned head. Aroma is thick with bourbon, heavy vanilla, hints of tobacco, and minor chocolate. The flavor that come off this incredibly balanced beauty are quite full in the departments of coffee, cherries, burnt oak, multiple types of chocolate, and this beautiful long bourboned vanilla finish. Almost like ice cream...goddamn this is good. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Pours hazy muddy copper – brown with thin white head. The aroma has wood like notes, booze, spicy wood, maybe some spicy rye too and a nice sweet earthy fig like sensation. The taste is yummy with a big load of blunted pine hops followed by a bit of citrus and then molasses, wood and some vanilla. It comes across boozy too but right to style. Yummy and it comes together very well. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Appearance: Pours a rust orange no head.BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Aroma: Huge alcohol along with danky peach and apricot.
Taste: Big bitter aggressive hops, hot bourbon and sweet malt. Finishes hot.
Mouth. Hot, sticky full body. Modestly carbonated.
Overall: I believe this beer needs to lay down for a minimum of a year to chill out. I get it now....Hellshire. There was so much going on, it hid the barrel character, or at least it pummeled my palate to the point I couldn’t notice much.
Bottle shared at Dak’s Cantillon Tasting. This one missed, both in theme of the tasting and beer style. 24 karat with a bit of rusty penny at its core. Head diminishes quite quickly. Flavor and aroma of caramel, alcohol, toffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood. Not a ton of complexity here...somewhat flat. Thought about trading heavily for this but decided against it...happy with that call.