badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Dark brown with garnet highlights and a creamy tan head. Chocolate cereal grain leather and dates aroma. Tastes of light citrus chocolate dates light brandy and some vanilla notes with a smooth bright palate. Gains chewy nugget and rasin flavors. JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Draft sample at PP Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Muddy orange/brown pour, off-white head. Rich caramel malts, toffee, oak, chocolate, sweet bread, dark fruit, grape, and warming booze. Thick, creamy mouth feel. This was excellent. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Brandy version. Pours with a very murky (muddy), deep brown body with a lasting off-white ring. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, biscuity, bready and graham cracker. Flavors of oatmeal, cereal, chocolate, graham cracker, malted milk and whey protein. Odd beer. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of muddled dark brown color with some amber hints to it. Not really much in the way of head formation.
S: Good vanilla aroma starts this one off with lots of barrel influence. Caramel, mild roast, chocolate, and a decent peatiness are present as well. Not too much booze, but a bit of a brandy aroma.
T: Again, great vanilla flavor, moderate brandy and oak flavors, too. Sweet, creamy, milk chocolate, and caramel give this beer a nice sweetness. The peat character is not as pronounced as it was on the nose, however.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation, but it’s quite creamy and smooth.
D: A good balanced barrel aged beer. The barrel makes itself noticed, but the brandy and oak flavors are not over done or overwhelming. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Vintage 2008 at San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cocoa cola brown with a dense retaining foamy beige head.
Aroma: Vanilla and grape drink.
Taste: Vinous dark malt, wood, dark chocolate and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and thick. Creamy.
Overall: An amazing treat. This rivals any of the best barrel aged malt bombs out there. Holy crap.
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On-tap at the PP day at Toronado SD on New Year’s Eve. Pours murky brown with a small white head. Smells mellow with slight sweetness. Lots of wood character and booze. Tastes kind of subdued, sweet and malty with lots of wood character. Mostly straight wood though and just a hint of vanilla and a good amount of booze. Malty caramel sweetness lingers. Medium, slightly watery body and good carbonation. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On tap at the PP Real Ale Fest. Dark caramel brown color, with pale chocolate hues and a finger of creamy beige head. Vanilla bomb. Huge, oaky vanilla nose that compliments the rich malt melanoidin characters of the base
beer. Layer upon layer of caramel and fruity malt characters intertwine with the vanilla and faint brandy booziness. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, silky texture. Lots of chewy caramelized malt sugars create a pleasantly sweet flavor. Faint chocolate flavors add further complexity, along with a hint of raisin, which the fruitiness of the brandy compliments nicely. As with the aroma, the vanilla barrel characters stand out most prominently, which I find to be pleasing when paired with the clean, caramelized malt flavors of the beer. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Huge fluffy head. Strong buttery barrel aged aroma. Sweet. Very sweet. Delicious. Lots of melanoidens. Very good. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On draft at the 2008 San Diego Strong Ale Fest, it was a bit over carbonated and too sweet for me. I prefer the regular way heavy