jeremyh70 (1116) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours a murky brown with a small off white head that retains fairly well and has good lacing. Aroma is nutty with chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and a little whiskey. Taste is both sweet and slightly tart with dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and some oak flavor. A bit of whiskey but not a big booziness. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Finishes semi dry. Wonderful aroma and nice big comforting flavors. Really good. kambei70 (1113) - - DEC 27, 2013
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a muddy brown with a good sized off-white head (surprising for the abv). Oily lacing that leaves a yellow, clingy residue. Aroma is sweet, tart, dark fruits, (mostly cherry), chocolate, caramel, with the touch of whiskey booziness. Taste is all the above with some nuttiness and smokiness on the end. Only a slight hint of the alcohol. Full, oily mouthfeel. Balanced, complex and delicious.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
500 ml bottle from The Party Source. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a small beige head. The initial aroma strongly shows the oak barrel, but that note actually seems to fade over time. Maybe because the others emerge more. Some winter spices blend with caramel and chocolate malts, cookies, and sweet boozy bread. The flavor is the same way. Dark fruits, such as dates and figs, are also present. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Pretty good but not a standout. kevinsenn (2289) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Aroma of dark fruit and bourbon. Taste is surprisingly tart/sour. I’m not seeing anyone else mention this in their ratings, so I wonder if mine has "gone off". But make not mistake, that did not make it bad. The tartness goes well with the cherry and dark fruit notes, and made this an enjoyable, albeit unexpected, beer. MartzMimic (91) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a bubbly head that disappears quickly. Smells of chocolate, fruit and malt. Those all carry over to the taste. Also notes of cherry and prune. Oily tongue and lots of carbonation. The style isn’t my favorite, but this beer is well done.
seth_lfod (329) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2013
500ml into a Prairie teku. Clear black brown pour with a off white head. Smell is bourbon, wet wood, cherry, toffee. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, cherry cough syrup, molasses, and toffee. Slightly sticky. pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, opened Christmas Day. Dark brown with a nice dark beige head. Some brown sugar, yeast, warming alcohol, oak. some dark cherries and various pit fruit but not overly sweet which is nice, moderate carbonation and body, very slight tang but more semi-sweet then anything, warming finish. Decent. tmoreau (4631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Shared 1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured to snifters with a murky brown color, a modest layer of off white head foam that diminished expeditiously to a ring & film, and left some spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was an ultra vinous nose, with caramel, and brown sugar sweetness. A bit less than medium bodied, the taste was more tart and dry, with an almost sour grape flavor, not necessarily warming, but some alcohol presence, and only light sweetness on the finish. Some Old Ale qualities, as the barreling seemed to lend more of a sherry/port nature to the brew. I don’t know about saving Christmas, but fairly tasty for the occasion nonetheless. Beardaxe (294) - - DEC 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a large novelty wine glass (hey, it's the holidays and I'm visiting my parents). I was excited to try this and Christmas Eve seemed like the perfect time. Unfortunately, the beer was very disappointing. First off, I have suspicions the beer was infected. The entire thing carried a sharp, tart flavor that felt out of place. It wasn't as strong as other infected beers I've had though which is why I'm not sure. Aside from that, it lacked any sort of coherent flavor. The oak is barely present and adds nothing to the beer while I would venture to guess that maybe 5% of people would guess that this was anything close to an old ale. Would like to try again to see if I just got a bad bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
500mL bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Underneath the white wax was a murky, brownish-orange grime. It almost seemed like it was rust or something. The aroma initially has some acidic, lightly putrid tartness. This seems to dissipate relatively quickly. Behind is it some sweet, chocolate notes, and a little woody oakiness. Mostly opaque dark mahogany body with a really fizzy tan head, which dissipates in an average manner. Starts with a dry, tart, acidity. The middle has some chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Finishes with a little bit of leather, and a long, warming sensation. I would love to try this beer if it were un-infected.