AirForceHops (7244) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1’s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is light spice, light chocolate, red fruits, caramel malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. jbruner (4747) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a deep brownish black from the bottle with thin bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of smoke, roast, slight vanilla sweetness. Taste is like a big fruity sweet graham cracker, hints of vanilla and sweet smoke on the back end. Interesting, nice play on the winter warmer style, the booze is actually well hidden. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2016
22 oz bottle from crajun shared with Tmoney99. Pours a cola brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, light spice, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, smooth, solid enough. Tmoney99 (14506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown color with medium tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted dark malt, dark fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid interesting brew.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Hand bottle thanks to somebody via mar. Pours dark black with tinge of cola brown. Thick head dissipates quickly. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, burnt malt coffee and a hint of hops I love the way this beer smells! So much that the flavor is a bit disappointing but still sold. Vanilla up front that gives way to burnt malts. Not as complex as the aroma. A bit thin and watery but still a very interesting beer. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
on tap, walnut brown colored pour with tasting khaki foam, aromas of bourbon and caramel, flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon, finish is lighter than expected sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11
Brune foncée, mousse est fine beige.
Au nez, qcq légères notes de bourbon, malt et caramel, au palais le bourbon et la vanille prennent un peu une place arrière où le tout se mélange avec la malt grillé et des notes de fruits. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
8%? No way...pour is opaque and cola brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell is toasty and sweet...caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon...taste is toasty and sweet too with similar flavors...slight bitterness in the finish...booze comes out a bit then too...maybe I believe 8% afterall. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A: This one pours a darkish brown color with a thin khaki colored head.
S: Smells roasty with a nice enough chocolate aroma. A bit of oak/wood and some mild vanilla. A bit of dark fruit going on in the background. Mild licorice aromas to it and some hints of coffee.
T: Slightly bitter with lots of roasted malts. Some licorice notes, wood, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Quite a bit of chocolate, perhaps some of which is from oxidation. Light notes of dark fruit on the palate as well.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This was quite good. Not too much bourbon flavor, but a nice -bal contribution to it and good flavors overall.