brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Strong Ale 2012. Hazed orange pour with an off-white head. Nose is incredibly sweet and sugary. Tons of peach, some oak, and a hint of vanilla. Very mild whiskey, some citrus peel, and caramel. Flavor is all sugary sweetness. A bit of fruit character, mostly peach, some apple, and vanilla. Light oak character, a bit of whiskey, and some slight grassy bitterness. Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Draft. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark malt and bourbon bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
A confusing beer. It tastes like tea and those doughy flowery flavored asian candies. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Burnt orange pour, off white head. Bourbon, brown sugar, dates, figs, light oaky notes. Rich and sweet. Nice. Thanks to 50Belair! hopscotch (11243) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle (dregs)… CCB’s Hunahpu’s Day 2012… This beer rocks!... Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. The nose presents integrated notes of sourmash whiskey, charred oak, caramel and coconut. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The plush, complex flavor is a menagerie of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and toffee – just boatloads of malty greatness. The finish is not at all abrupt, but rather a slow-fade of the beer’s complex, delectable essences. Thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this excellent barrel-aged English-style barleywine!
alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
Bottle sample from backlog notes. Pours a hazy reddish orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big sweet malts, caramel, ripe fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbon, hints of spice, occasionally some alcohol comes through, sweet like the base, but more character. phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! Bottle 150/261. Pours a hazed red-amber color with a small off-white ring for a head. The aroma is incredibly woody, with vanilla, toffee, dried fruits, and bourbon- definitely a bit of heat. Flavor of wood, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, syrup, and mild spice. Malty, complex, and sweet. Some bourbon heat, as well. Medium-bodied, with a syrupy, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sweet and very, very woody. Huge improvement over the regular version, which I think is just decent. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2013
750mL bottle, #8. Poured clear, medium-dark reddish-amber with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, aged dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon with accents of cognac and peppery rye.. quite a bit of barrel present, and it worked well. The flavor opened with slightly tangy bourbon and oak, with syrupy caramel, molasses, and vanilla sugars following.. peppery bourbon, oak, and sweet, tasty bourbon on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. a bit on the sugary side overall, but at no point was it really unbalanced or unenjoyable.. yum! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Snifter on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). A new one.. It’s a long way to the throne. #87. Pours a nice darker brownish pour with some orange amber darker dulled glowing edges. A frothy tannish head that dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are a rich barrel and Bourbon spirit presence, vanilla and wet oak move into lively oranges, caramel, toast, and toffee. Some dry florals, soap, and more oranges. Dry and a bit hot, but a lot of vanilla, toasted oak, Bourbon spirit. Nothing too big, but strong flavors on the nose as it moves into some earthy dryness, maybe a touch of ash.. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinned out from the barrel. Actually the sweetness of the base is killed a bit, displaying a good deal of barrel flavor, vanilla and toffee, oak, Bourbon, and toast. Biscuits, caramel. Dry touches of florals and tannins, some lingering hot spirit jabs up front. Into the backend some dry and toasty malts mix with that sweetness of toffee and caramel, more touches of toast, oranges in a citrusy feel and a touch of marmalade, though much lighter than the base. A lot of barrel sticks around, remains hot and dry with some sweet malts doing some lingering. Pretty nice, perhaps a bit hot, but overall I find this a marked improvement over the base. A bit of lingering ash or earthy quality on the palate further into the glass. I wouldn’t say it’s awesome due to the heat, but it’s better. Some balance lovers may shun this, but it worked good enough for me. I don’t know how many $9 snifters I’d buy.. But it’s worth a go. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2012. Clear amber color with ivory sheen. Nice raison, toffee, vanilla aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Spicy caramel, rich raison flavors with vanilla whiskey-alcohol is well cloaked--good.