Bule (2228) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2017 brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Strong alcohol and oak notes. Almost vinous with some grape, raisin, date, char, and tobacco notes. Nice sweetness and some alcohol. The flavor is a bit tannic and savory. Big oak, charred wood, and tannin character. Sweet bread, toffee, and caramel. Apple, date, and raisin fruitiness.
750ml bottle pours a brown color with a bit of head. Delicious maltiness and mild oak. A little tannic.
bytemesis (8823) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear hickory, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, oaky, raisin, anise. Flavors is fully sweet, light bitter. Full body, creamy. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Extremely balanced, with burnt brown sugar flavors above creamy vanilla bean and bourbon notes. Lingers long with 15% abv covered remarkably well. Slightest hint of sour plum creeps in late, adding complexity. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2016
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep amber, no head at all. Nose of oak, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toasty sugar, dark dried fruit. Taste of brown sugar, oak, dark fruit, toasty, delicious and full bodied. jandd1983 (4447) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Sampled at the Societe Party 2016. It poured a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, oak, syrup, bourbon and some toffee. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, oak, maple syrup, coconut, dark fruits and vanilla. Quite good.
Alengrin (5561) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
As Sucré New American Oak, the most ’basic’ of the different versions tasted at the Bierboom in Bruges. Thin, off-white head dissolving quickly, translucent mahogany robe, lightly hazy. Fantastic nose: intense cranberry, hazelnut, fig, toffee, wet wood, vanilla tannins, sherry, toasted bread, old furniture, dried banana, amaretto, marmelade... Sweet candied orange, white raisn and candied berries in the onset balanced with a deep basic, vague sourishness, very soft carbo, oily and thickly vinous mouthfeel, lovely caramelly and somewhat nutty malt body, candi sugar sweetness on top, lightly bitterish toasted effect in the end with lots of lovely drying wood and sherryish, long, warming alcohol which does not burn at any point. Intense, but packed with flavour, this is a very impressive barley wine indeed - rather than an ’old ale’ in the classic sense of the word. markextrae (4454) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2016
bottle shared by a friend. poured a murky brown colour with a off head on top. nose is sweet caramel malts, raisins, caramel fudge, dark fruits, prunes, burned caramel, slight alcohol heat. slight sweet cacao notes.sweet apples. slight vanilla oak notice. sticky mouthfeel. and a bit to sweet superspak (5803) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/10/2013. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV. An insanely delicious offering. GenDV138 (7470) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2015
750 ml dark brown glittery waxed bottle (New American Oak Sucré at 14.5% ABV) poured into a Bruery tulip. From 2014’s Preservation Society allotment. Bottled 3/21/2014. Dark brown with almost a finger of beige to light tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, booze, some oak. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, oak, some booze, sweet syrup, a little ash towards the end. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Interesting to try without any spirits in the way and just the oak barrel. rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
Draught at the brewpub in Placentia, California. Hazy copper/amber beer with a nice beige head. Fruity aroma, figs, raisins, caramel, woody notes, licorice, toffee, some cream. Fruity woody flavor, warming alcohol, caramel, grapes, raisins, toffee, cocoa notes. Fullbodied and with great balance from the barrels.