popery (2156) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. The beer is a deep amber. Fairly clear. Smallish beige head. Thin layer of bubbles. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is full of toasted malt flavors. Big caramel, toasty bread, treacle, molasses. Sweet vinous barrel character, present but not overwhelming. A little bit of over sweet bubblegum flavor. Some definite booze heat, but it works with the beer’s flavors. Some nice sweet fruitiness, dates, plums, a little raisin, prune, etc. Taste is sweet with lots of malt richness. Light bitterness from the oak. The barrel flavor is a bit sweet against the richness of the beer for me, but it’s still a tasty dessert. Full, round mouthfeel. A bit sticky. Solid.
kathouse (1851) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally pulled this from my cellar. Still has that toffee and burnt sugar aromas, but the flavor has been nicely mellowed from the Madeira. Not too sweet or cloying with plenty of fruit left. Alcohol has definitely been tempered with aging. This is a very nice sipper.
slowrunner77 (11660) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite as vinous and tart as the port ba version, and I like it a touch more for that. Still very barrel heavy and toeing the line between big and sweet, and overbearing. Lots going on...boozy oak and berries, still very malt driven with an ever so slight sweet tart twang. Very good, just not a $30 beer.
Alengrin (5163) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in the Bierboom. Looks the same as the New American Oak version. Aroma very similar as well, but expectedly showing more alcohol, though not necessarily strongly madera-like; comes close to the Port version, but more subtle. Same for the taste, very comparable to the Port version but less sweet, with subtle soy sauce flavour and grape peel wryness added. Very boozy like the other ones, but with more tolerable alcohol than the others, apart from the NAO version. One of the best ones in the series, to my personal palate at least.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during Bengals Tailgate 12/13/15. Hazy brown red color. Good thin khaki head, leaves good ropes of lace. Dark fruit, nice wood barrel notes, earthy, mild caramel. Mild oxidization type notes, touch of paper and sherry. Nice long finish. Moderate-plus sweet taste, not as much as you’d expect for the ABV though. Decent dryness. Mild bitter. Some mild warmth. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Medium to bigger body. Light slick texture. Lighter carbonation. A solid big beer. Hides the ABV pretty well, it works. Well done for what it is.
Tmoney99 (14281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sugar, dark fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
phaleslu (10013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy amber color with a finger of cascading beige head. Looks lovely. Aroma of caramel, oak, graham cracker, dried fruits, esters, and vanilla. Flavor of stone fruits and berries - surprisingly sour, with oak, caramel, vanilla, wine grapes, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a fruity, juicy, mildly sour and sweet mouthfeel. I wasn’t prepared for the aggressive fruit profile here. It’s probably a sign of being past its prime.
alexsdad06 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, Madeira barrel, wood, sweet character lasts through the finish, big, but not overly boozy, ok in small amounts.
IndianaRed (4401) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Deep amber sweet luxurious malty aroma. Almost syrupy malty sweetness. Light toasted barrel flavors and a smooth finish. A desert beer.
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a crisp amber topped with a tan head. Nose is super sweet barrel vanilla pit fruit toffee lots of booze. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness booze barrel notes pit fruit vanilla.