Palme (4816) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 23, 2012
0.65l bottle courtesy of Meilby and shared with the Kristiansandsmafia. Never thought I’d get to try this, so big thanks for sharing! The pour on this one is clear dark nutty brown, actually quite lovely looking, and it has a low light sidesticking off-white head. On the aroma it’s lovely sweet and kinda oaky with lots of sticky sweet strawberries, some vanilla-oaky touches and caramel. Feels quite complex and very nice. It has a near creamy-sticky texture with a average small bubbly and quite comfortable carbonation level.The flavors are sweetish, caramely and sticky with sweet consentrated strawberries, vanilla and some rum raisins. Wish I could just pop a bottle and enjoy it over an evening because this was really nice! Again, big big thanks for sharing! 30.03.2012 thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2012
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. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Dark brown sort of color with a dense but small head. Loads of vanilla, loads of sweet toffee. Dark fruit in the background and a woody finish. Extremely sweet but not in a bad way. Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a medium frothy white head. Average head retention and lacing. The oak notes come through strongly in the aroma, particularly maple and vanilla with a bit of caramel and light fruitiness. Taste is citrus, raisin and other fruit notes with strong oak, maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Very nice beer. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Single bottle purchased at Chuck’s in Chagrin Falls. I had noticed that I didn’t enter my rating for the first in the series, so I got to remind myself that...well, I didn’t much care for it. This one sure looks like it will out perform its younger sibling. Poured into a Trappist glass it has this dark ruby color with a faint cloud of bubbles left scattered across the surface. The aroma of this one has a very nice cherry vanilla scent with a nice hint of wood. Very sweet smelling, yet still considerably hearty. Flavor is serious. This spent a proper length of time in the barrel and it comes through here. It has the full malt character one would expect from a strong ale like this, but this thing has some serious wood. It has a very rich woody malt flavor at first, that comes with an almost gritty texture, before some really mellow fruity viscous feelings come rushing my way. This has made me a happy camper and restored my faith in humanity (at least for a few moments.)
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with moejuck - Pours a clear brown color with a small light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Has a strong cookie dough malt aroma with only a faint hint of oak. Lots of sweet malt, esters, and vanilla in the flavor. Nice! Medium body. I really like this one. Thanks Joe. JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2010
Small yellow dense head over dark amber-red beer, well-carbonated. Very vinous nose, biscuit, brandy, sweet molasses, mushrooms or even truffle, and then a good dose of American hops. Superbly balanced combination. Rather cheesy flavour, again very vinous, alcoholic and faint higher alcohols, esters, and a raw eggyolk flavour. Slick, alcoholic MF, but slightly empty palate, highly carbonated. Very balanced ’big’ beer, very complex, but slightly less rewarding in the palate - pity. Many thanks to fonefan and C.! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap.
Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, and candied fruits. The taste is really great with a bit of sweetness as well as a good dose of fruit as well as light brown sugar, vanilla, oak, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Feel is great with a bit of booze mixing in with the flavors. Drinks quite well. Really solid overall and much better than Series One, IMO.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-26-2010 alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours a clear ruby color with an aroma of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Lots of sweet malt with vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit dominant. A touch hot, but just enough to warm your insides. Has aged very well Great beer! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle from Waldos. Dark reddish brown with a fizz off white head. Caramel cereal grain vanilla and oak aroma and taste with some roasted grain and coconut and the finish and a nice thick smooth palate.