JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Deep brown pour. The nose is quite lovely with loads of soft licorice, sweet plums and lots of chewy dark malts. A bit of molasses and a lightly cherryish fruitiness as well. Sweet cocoa on the palate initially, but it is quickly joined by blackstrap molasses, date honey, and intensely salty savoury character. In many ways, this reminds me of their imperial stout. Rich, sweet, sticky and intense. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
(Draught) Pours a cloudy brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, brown sugar, dates, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of caramel malt, raisins, vanilla, and dates. Tasty! markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Tpd975... what can I say but thanks. Pours brown-red with an off-white head. Nose is hair-burning booze, raisins, booze, brandy, booze, plum, dates, figs, brown sugar, and more booze. Flavor is delicious with booze, raisins, booze, dates, figs, plums, brandy, and rich, delicious caramel. Exquisite beer. Full-bodied and, as IBrew2or3 would say, full of yum all the way. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
[2404-20090801] Bottle. Mild fruity malt and wood aroma with a sweet roast background. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick light brown foamy head. Dry barrel wood roast flavour has a long sweet finish. Medium-full body. Nice, full-bodied and rich.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)
Another big thanks to tpd975 for bringing this tasty brew to the tasting. It pours murky copper – brown with thin tan head. The aroma is full of dates, prunes, minced sweet cherries and a bit of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth rich yummy goodness with a sweet mix of caramel, dates, prunes, sweet rip plums and figs. Wow! Rich creamy and sweet. It finishes smooth and with a sense of the big ole ABV. It is on the sweet side but it is so darn good I didn’t really notice.
nuplastikk (6252) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar at the DC Local Gathering. Brown-amber color. Very minimal to no carbonation. Syrupy thick, rather brutal. Lots of fruity alcohol malt taste. Not unlike some quality Liqueur..maybe GM? Bourbony thickness. Pretty nice for a liqueur-like beer. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
750ml Bottle (#3376 of 4777): Complex aroma of dark ripe fruits, candi sugar, dark malts, spicy oak, slight wood, slight alcohol, light roasting, prunes, brown sugar, light raisins, and hints of vanilla and bourbon. Poured dark brown in color with a tiny, whispy, brown head that lasted around the edges. Opaque. Does not appear to be sparkling. Very complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of dark ripe fruits, slight bourbon, slight alcohol, light caramel, tobacco, oak, raisins, slight vanilla, and a hint of sugar. Full body. Smooth, viscous texture. Soft texture. Sweet, oak, dark ripe fruit, and tobacco finish is lightly dry. 14.5%ABV is well hidden. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Thanks bvc! No pff upon opening, very still in the glass. Caramel smoked goodness on the nose. Hot with alcohol, sticky sweet like a fresh barleywine. dmac (6253) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Oak Tree. Pours an unimpressive muddy brown with a small ugly looking bubbly beige head. Aroma is a welcome change to the doggy appearance and has lots of complexity, notes of grape juice, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, vinous qualities, wood barrel. Body is thin to slightly thinner then average, the alcohol is beyond well hidden...no Fn way does drink like a 14.5% monster but more like a 8-9% slightly stronger then average beer. Flavor is fruity and grapey, oak, bourbon, slight vanilla, toffee, some alcohol. Wish I had a second bottle to age for several years but sadly I only bought one. j12601 (11571) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle at BCTC, though I still have one sitting around here from BMan which I think I’ll be looking to let age for a bit now. Pours an oily black to brown with a thin white head. Really nice aromas on here with caramel, wood, vanilla, and coffee, and just the faintest hint of bourbon. Medium bodied and sweet with a nice candy and coffee component. Finishes almost hot and boozy, but just barely, more of a suggestion of alcohol than anything big and glaring, and just a touch of burnt sugar. Really well done.