lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks! Pours amber with almost no head. Smell is bourbony and oaky and malty. Taste is oaky sweet caramel with light hops but more oak and dryness. Decent, but not too impressive. damzz (521) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
Slight head that lasted. Needs to be sipped as one would a wine remembering that the bubbles punch up the alcohol effect. malty nose - ah, my wine tasting intrudes. Palate: Roasted malt with caramel and faint hops. Body is full and syrupy. Drink with a friend. Downing a couple of these will put you over the limit on the breathalyser and perhaps lead to memory loss and you do want to remember this brew. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2009
50th rating of this brew. Bomber in a box from the man of gold whom hath twins. Thanks Larry. Porus mollasses brown with not much of a head. Nose is sweet and malty and oaky. Taste is sweet, oaky, creamy, and boozy, boozy, boozy. I like booze, but this could probably sit for 5 years and it might not even soften then. These cuvee series beers are weird for me. ST big beers in general are awesome and flatout interesting and these have just been booze bombs. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is clear, amber in color, and has an ok beiged colored head. The smell is malts, caramel, wood, vanilla, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, oak, tannins, whiskey, and malts. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2009
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark copper with a thin, off white head. Aroma was dark, burnt sugar to start. Also some caramel malt. Some hops came out as it warmed. Rich, full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of malt, but not overly sweet. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness that shows up in the finish. The oak was very subtle to me. I would have like a bit more wood flavor. The base beer was pretty nice, but I expected a little more for the money.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
This beer wasn’t bad, but it was pretty forgettable. Nothing really stood out. The oak was not very evident. I’d like to try it again, perhaps with the series 1 jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
All the right parts are here, but it is not that exciting. Very full-bodied, alcohol is well hidden, at least until you get to the end of the bottle and stand up! The oakiness comes through as the beer warms up. Contrary to the bottle, this beer is not best served at 42F, it improves as it warms well past 42. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a dark amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma of caramel, dark fruit, candi sugar, toffee, and i thought some whiskey. flavor of dark fruit and brown sugar. medium slick body with medium carbonation. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed dark copper with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left very little lace. There are elements in the aroma I like such as fresh pears, candied orange, and caramel. However, there is also a heavy sweetness reminiscent of overripe/rotting fruit that makes me wary. The flavor leans more on the overripe/rotting fruit sweetness than the aroma along with caramel and some oak. Strong alcohol flavor emerges towards the finish, particularly as the beer warms. I enjoy sweet beers, so that is never a problem for me. This one is just not very good. Cobra (1100) - - MAR 31, 2009
22 oz. brown bomber bottle in a gift box. Poured out a deep copper color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak barrels. Flavors are creme brulee, vanilla cream, some root beer. Decent body, thick mouthfeel. Coats the tongue well. decent beer overall.
Definitely a sipper though. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it.