MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2011
bomber. OK, I’m drinkin’ this bad boy solo. Hope I can get through it. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is of toffee, molasses, bourbon, wood and some alcohol. Taste is of toffee, bourbon, molasses and vanilla. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and moth-coating with alcohol warmth. This brew was big and took a lot of willpower to conquer, but I finished it. Left me with quite a buzz though, as it had quite a kick.
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
@RBWG-22-thanks to DaSilky–pours aa offwhite head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, spice, bourbon. Taste is bourbon, sweet medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, spice hops. pineypower (3325) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Earlier Rating: 12/19/2009 Total Score: 3.3
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s Thanks gillard-22oz bottle–pours a light tan ring with mahogany color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, medium/dark malt. Taste is sweet dark fruit, medium/dark malt, earthy hops bite.
Much thanks to Boamr for sharing this bottle. Pours out dark brownish reddish with not much of a head. Aroma is of caramel, oak, dried fruits, and some alcohol. Taste is complex, with some nice dried fruit notes, caramel, some oak, vanilla, earthy leather and lingering alcohol. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Afterparty at Hill Farmsteads 1st anniversary celebration. Tons of vanilla bourbon and caramel notes give way to toffee and molasses. There flavors on this were a little more muddled than I would have hoped for. The palate was nice- thick and rich with low carbonation for a oily mouthfeel. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2009 Vintage bottle. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toastiness, lighter bourbon, caramel, and wood. Tastes of bourbon (more than the aromas), woody, vanilla, and chocolate.
blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle at RBSG grand Tasting. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma, with toffee and light bourbon. The flavor has sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla, and some toasty malts. Good stuff. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2011
(Sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of Dak!!). I almost passed on this because it was getting late in the day and I have a bottle at home. That would have been a major mistake. This beer is unbelievable!! Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel dominate. Taste follow suit with a sweet blend of bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Did I mention coconut?? Medium bodied wit ha slick texture. Super smooth. This is a kick ass beer!! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
In short: A dark ale that is succulent and complex despite being dominated by bourbon barrels. Surprising.jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when a little over one year of age. Bottle sent to me by ditmier. Thanks a million Eric.
The look: Clear dark burgundy body with almost not head
In long: Nose is very very very bourbon barrel. Taste is barrels, lots of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, maple, sticky barley candy, oily nuts, nougat, burnt brown sugar, more... There is a level of complexity that I cannot put into words. A little booze but overall the alcohol is well hidden for a 13% beer. The dominant flavors here are the barrels. In a blind tasting everybody would guess this beer is barrel aged but to be honest I would not have been able to guess if the base beer was an Imperial Stout, Barley Wine or other. The carbonation was very very soft but it worked with that sipper. Far from a normal BA barley wine, this one is just “different” in a way I cannot put into words. Whether it is a good thing or not, the girlfriend hates barley wines and bourbon barrel aged beers and she was totally crazy about this one. This was an unexpected masterpiece. Drinking this beer was like I died and gone to heaven and heaven looked exactly like my living-room.
Bottle shared at RBSG. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of baked bread, toffee, caramel, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla and good warming alcohol balance. Nice full mouth feel. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Brown black pour with very little head or lace. Aroma is chocolaty and some coffee, with sweet malt. Very nice chocolate, coffee, and abv. A very nice warmth. Full bodied with carbonation that is just a little too alive for me. very nice beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/24/2011 Total Score: 4.5
Amber pour wtih creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is dried fruit and a hint of caramel. Dried fruit (raisins), sweet caramel, and a nice warmth. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation. Super nice beer.