Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 20, 2017
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle online from LiquorMax. Thanks Nick!
Bottle number 841:
Huge pop on opening? You ain't kidding but no gushing of the liquid so, so far so good.
My first pour and I get half foam half beer. A deep amber brown in colour with a 4 finger, 3 finger, 2 finger head of billowy foam. The foam seems to be resisting sticking to the glass but some does for some lacing. Second pour brought much more lacing and the head retention is very good.
The smell....first thing I notice is big huge notes of vanilla and whiskey. Heck, that seems to be all that I can smell but I'm not complaining.
The taste is more diverse than the nose. Yes, big flavours of vanilla and wood greet my taste buds first off but there's more here in a nutty flavour along with some fruitiness. plum and black cherry, and definitely some alcohol. Good taster but I think this is one to set aside for a while to settle down somewhat.
Mouthfeel just crosses over into medium territory, carbonation is definitely high which I don't think works particularly well here, and it finishes fruity and woody. Fairly long aftertaste there's a bit of heat on my lips after each swallow so I guess I could say it is also spicy.
Overall, a good brew that has potential to be better and I think some aging would do that. Nice job Odell and keep on delving into new territory. I believe you're on the right track judging from this one. alexsdad06 (11389) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Boltz7555 at RBWG 2011 from notes. Pours a dark amber brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, big oak character, vanilla, dark fruits, golden raisins, some spice, warming with a hint of booze, always happy to try this series of beers. djd07 (16452) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy amber with medium beige head. The aroma is caramel, vanilla, oak. Medium mouth with nice caramel, toffee, figs, light booze, very good. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Bottle from BOLTZ. Pours a hazy amber with thin head. The nose is very oaky, with honey and peppery spice. The taste is malt, spice, vanilla from the barrels and booze. Medium bodied. OK beer. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Scott. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Orange peel, caramel, oak, fruity, light lemon, and grass in the aroma. Taste is rich toffee, caramel, brown sugar, bread, grassy, and tangy with a light alcoholic burn on the backed. Light body with medium carbonation. Really cool stuff and has held up well.
cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Thanks doodler! Pours a dark reddish appearance with a tan head. Vanilla, coconut, orange citrus, caramel aroma. Quite a bit of oak in the flavor. Lots of vanilla, grainy wood flavors. Light citrus and caramel. Not all that oxidized. Plenty of oak. arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pour out of 750 ml botte, thanks Scott! Hazy orange red with off white head, aroma is dough, grass, dark berry, hints of grain, caramel, hints of grain. Taste is a mix of nice grass, grain, hints of yeast, bread, hints of grain, finishing bitter, dry. RobertDale (7049) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
750 ml. at a bottle share. Pours reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Holding up well. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled on 8/15/2008 #1854markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Tasted in summer 2012 with the Nashville crew. Pours cloudy crimson/orange with an average beige head that leaves even lacing. The nose is more caramel and maple than anything else with vanilla and some cinnamon spice. The flavor is very complex with caramel, maple, cinnamon, prune, vanilla, cola, and some toasty bitterness. The body is medium with average, very smooth carbonation and a long cola, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple finish.
Bottle generously shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is big malt, some light brandy, some oxidation, wood, brown sugar, and light vanilla. Flavor astounds for an older BA beer, it’s still maintained a fair amount of goodness: big malt, some fruit, some oak, some vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. Medium in body and still very nice.