UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
750 ml bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deep, murky mahogany brown, which lights up with a uniform ruby tint when subjected to an iPhone flashlight. Forms about two fingers of dense, pale beige head, with fantastic retention. Lacing is off the hook, with thick sheets clinging to the glass, punctuated by ridges marking each sip.
Smell: Sweet candi sugar, caramel malt, and cherry-plum liquor wafts right out of the glass, in a heady, strong aroma. There are vague hints of oak wood, vanilla, and pure win in the nose.
Taste: Phenols and liquor indeed, this punches right out of the gate with a nigh-astringent spicy dryness, which casts the oaky-vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel in sharp relief. I am reminded vaguely of a spiced rum, with noticeable but not overbearing alcohol heat and flavor, caramel sweetness, and a spicy character somewhat like a rye bread with a peppered crust. Faint tones of cherry and prune swim in the background. The finish is a dry caramel - black cherry combination which is not unwelcome in its short time lingering.
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium or the heavy side of light, this packs some serious carbonation - more than I’d expect from a beer aged 11 months in a barrel, but goes down dangerously smooth.
Overall: Thirsty Dog’s barrel aging program does it again. The bourbon notes work fantastically well with their phenolic dubbel recipe. I’d repeat this, perhaps not quite as often as Wulver, but often nonetheless. chinchill (5312) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2015
The beer was a little flat but I didn’t let this influence my ratings as much as it would if bottled. Still, the feel and look suffered. Less yeasty than many others of this style, and not as complex as the best versions of this style.
O. Worth trying and, in my case, revisiting. MarkSachon (1054) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Sample at Giant Eagle in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Deep rich caramel taste and an obvious sweetness. Lingers on the palate and finishes nicely. Definitely a top-shelf beer. Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft at the tasting room in Akron, OH. Pours a traditional Belgian dubbel with dark brown colors and a medium sized head. Aroma nice with Belgian yeasts, dark candies, fruit esters, and malts. However the taste was lacking in all departments. I like the bold tastes of the Dubbels and it seemed to lack the boldness of the dark candies, the yeasts, and the floral notes. Rather bland overall and I found it kind of bitter for a dubbel. Medium body, slight oily. Medium carbonation. Finish was bitter. alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Draft @ Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer night. Pours a murky brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla banana and other fruits. After the nose I was hoping for something a bit more decadent, but the flavors were much more subdued. I still got the caramel, vanilla, bourbon and fruits, but everything seemed muted. Lighter body didn’t measure up to the nose.
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draft at Russo’s. Pours a brownish amber color with a thin off white disappearing head. Aroma is dried fruit, malt sweetness, and fig. Tastes of drank fruit, malt, yeast with a medium body and and smoothness. I liked this better than Cerberus Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Firkin version at Barley’s 9th Annual Mini RAF (05/14/11): The beer is a cloudy brownish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that burns away quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, ripe fruit and yeast. Medium body with flavors of mildly sour fruit, toasted malt, and yeast. The finish is dark fruits and malt. Above average overall. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 26, tap @ Thirsty Dog, Akron. Very nice belgina tripe with sweet fruity flavor, lots of raisins and alcohol. Well balannced, rich and had a great hoppy finish.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2010
"Rich brown color with an amber tint, ample head and lots of lacing. Figs, chocolate,mild cherry, toast and yeasty aromas. Medium bodied and fairly clean, nice drinking Dubbel with a smooth finish. Dark fruits, caramel and a hint of chocolate along with a mild earthy yeast." Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids. Transparent garnet body, thin, creamy buff head. Very light nose with some toast; the beer was served cold in an aroma-laden restaurant/bar environment. Plummy, sweet body, thin and not syrupy, finishing with bitter spicy esters.