hopdog (13524) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2018
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a deep amber to brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Caramel, dark fruits, maple and some bourbon. Alcohol content overall well hidden. dwyerpg (6630) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2018
Not for me. This was quite a bit too sweet. The maple syrup became too clingy. Glad I just had a small sample. flatmatt (1645) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2018
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear red brown with an off-white head. Sweet maple, bourbon, molasses, raisin aroma. A lot of sweet maple flavor, bourbon, malty molasses, raisin, oak. Super tasty. superspak (6504) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2018
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Listed at 9.8%. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red light copper/brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of roast, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas and it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of roast, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread, light dark fruit/roast, and herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal sticky hops, oak tannins, or dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 9.8%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged scotch ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Very rich/complex malt and maple syrup sweetness; perfect bourbon barrel integration/balance; and mild complementing fruity yeast and earthy hop balance against sweetness. Never boozy, tannic, or drying on the barrels. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. keepersj12 (3143) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Madeira dominates the aroma. The flavor is more complex with dark fruit and the wood with the wine more in the background. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Very nice.
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Travlr (27128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2017
Deep dark amber color, tan head. Nice aroma of maple syrup drizzled over plums, raisins, dates. Taste has burnt caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Delicious. slowrunner77 (13622) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Gotta say - I like everything about this beer. The color - dark mahogany. The nose is well balanced between bourbon, beer and maple as is the flavor. Goes away really really quickly for an 11% beer. Nailed the barreling. Just awesome. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 3, 2016
On tap @ Torpedo Room. Light brown colored beer with a surprisingly robust khaki head. A very large, sweet beer. Big time caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Pretty nice hit of maple, too. Subtle coconut and whiskey. The flavor is kind of just straight up dessert/sugar juice. Tons of maple, dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla. The whiskey character doesn’t really cut through that much or even provide an obvious booze quality to break up the sweetness. It’s nice to try, but this is a little much. ineedbeer (2357) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is sweet with a medium light maple note, lots of caramel and toffee. Soem brunt sugar and light treacle. A touch of toasted bread. Medium light oak notes with some lighter bourbon. A light herbal hop note with some alcohol. More maple as it warms.
Pours a fairly clear, brown with burnt amber hues and a medium sized, thick, tan head that recedes slowly to the edges where it lingers. Medium light lacing and long legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of malt character. Lots of caramel and toffee with lighter toasted bread, burnt sugar, and treacle. A hint of a roast note. Medium maple notes with hints of coconut and vanilla. Light bourbon and oak notes. Medium bitterness with faint hop notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering maple, caramel and bourbon.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice beer. I’m fairly impressed with these limited run beers that Sierra Nevada keeps putting out. Great maple notes, balanced with good bourbon barrel characteristics. Nice malt characteristics. hayduke (5757) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
The bottle was picked up by marcus and brought to the table at the Capital Taproom and shared with bhensonb and myself.. Pours a muddy red with a light tan head. Lots of thick lacing rings. Nose of maple, vanilla, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor is rich, with a good mixture of maple, and fruit, some vanilla and bourbon and it finishes with wood and the bourbon. Excellent beer.