Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a cloudy, brown colored body with a reddish hue. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich, darker caramels with some brown sugar, a good amount of vanilla, a moderate oak, touches of fig, and a very light spicing. Flavor is similar. Sweeter, rich, darker caramels with notes of brown sugar and maple. More oak than Series 1 with a good amount of vanilla, hints of fig, a light spicing, and nuts. Finishes sweet and rich with a light earthy bitterness and a bit more of the spice coming out as well as a nice, oaky vanilla. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, slightly chewy and sticky body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. Sweeter and rich, but a bit more oak and vanilla than Series 1 with a light spicing and earthy bitterness in the finish. I like this one a bit better than Series 1.
PhillyCraft (6891) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split with Pat, Keith, James, Simon and Terr at my first schiavo tasting i hosted a few years ago. We paired a shit ton of beers with diff courses of herbals. This was one of the last courses so a heavier hybrid was in order. Pours a hazy deep brown with thick beige head. Aroma of cognac booze, fig, barley, vanilla, oak, sweet honey, espresso, caramel, toffee, malt and notes of chocolate. Very rich, medium body with a slightly sticky, firm palate. Slow boozey finish. Really enjoyed this one, maybe in the top 3 of the tasting we had but I still prefer the 1st one of the series.
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany/red with a very small tan head that fades quickly in the glass. Aroma is huge on the oak with some herbal and Earth notes thrown in. Flavor is much like the aroma but with more of an alcohol presence. Sweet and fairly well balanced for such the huge ABV but still kind of lopsided.
fletchfighters (1490) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- Poured a dark, murky brown. Very little carbonation. What was there was light brown head and disappeared quickly. No lacing at all.
S-- Sweet, roasted coconut right off the bat. Some dark fruit as well. Alcohol is quite noticeable as well. More like cognac than alcohol though.
T-- Thick and syrupy. That is for sure. Coconut is very dominant in the taste. Still some dark fruits but apricot stands out in the fruit part. Also get almond in this as well. Keep thinking almond joy with this.
M-- Thick, syrupy and sweet. That is for sure. Very low carbonation. Sometimes medicinal and other times not in the mouth.
D-- Very much a sipper. ABV is pretty well hidden but it is just sweet and syrupy that slows you down. Might have been better fresher more than anything else. I like coconut but in a way this is over the top. Worth trying more than anything else. Becoming a trend with what I have had with ST beers. Very sweet and syrupy.
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours muddy dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of nougat, creme brulee, oak, vanilla, caramel and burnt brown sugar. Sweet. Medium body.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from back in The Wine & Cheese Place years ago. The appearance is a ruby brown hue with a small off white to light brown head. The nose is full of grape juice, oak, vanilla wafers, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. The flavors are malty with sweet caramelized brown sugar, creme brulee for sure. Oak spice and snikerdoodles. Luscious creamy body with a mild intensity oak spice. After have forgetting about this for some time the Series 1 being a mediocre brew I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this beer.
QuezXLV (421) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice oak aged aroma. Dark amber color but not much suds. Nice and smooth on the palate. This was cellared for a while and I think it helped.
thedm (6043) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This $13.19 bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated light brown colored body and a good lacing. The vinous aroma was nut brown malt and dough. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish and a strongly vinous aftertaste with an alcohol burn to it. The strongly vinous flavor contained notes of old ale resinous pine and alcohol. A wonderful best in class brew.
Lukaduke (3160) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark mahogany with a litttle tan film skimmed across the top. Aromas are deep oak, sweet malts a touch of earthy maple and some boozey dark fruits. On the palate its not quite as oakey but maintains a big barley syrup mouthfeel with notes of vanilla, boozy dark rum and touches of caramel burnt toffee and rotten fruit.
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium beige head. Slightly hazy deep amber body. Deep earthy
toffee and chocolate aroma with vanilla fudge, sherry, and
linoleum notes. Sweet-dryish earthy toffee and vanilla fudge
taste with chocolatey alcohol and honey notes. Fullish body.
Mild, soft mouthfeel with slight heat. Dry-sweetish roasty
vanilla fudge aftertaste with chocolate, honey and linoleum
notes. Really nice, but a bit too sweet and perfumy. (0.65l
bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen. Cellared for 1 year.)