alexsdad06 (11223) - 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. Frank (4255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2015
This is a step up from most Three Floyds specialty bottles. This is vastly different than it being an actual good beer. This is red brown, cloudy w/ a very small head of large-bubbled foam. This isn’t horrible, just too sweet and w/o any strong barrel character just tastes like an old barleywine. It has an aged hoppy nose w/ mostly woody, earthy pine and is completely lacking in carbonation and malt character aside from simple sweetness. It finishes w/ some sort of dusty, earthy bitterness. I definitely will not be seeking this out again to say the least but at least it does not make me wince. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Tap: Murky, off-brown & poopy copper color with no head at all. Big aroma of caramel, toffee, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of wood, & some dark fruit... Maybe raisin. Flavor is much more hoppy than the aroma indicates. Strong grassy & bitter earthy hop notes up front that fade into a sweeter & boozier finish. Sticky toffee, vanillin, bourbon soaked oak, anise, prunes, & some brown sugar covered dates. The hops hold a small earthy twinge until the finish, keeping the sweetness in check all the way through. Pretty nice stuff. Ughsmash (7502) - 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! dinkle50 (1583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Amber to dark amber pour. Head looks nice. A little lace. Aroma of fruit and apple juice. Mouth is pretty light. Some hints of apple and orange in taste. Slight oak taste from the barrels. Hint of bitterness in the finish. I’m curious what the non-BA version is like.
AmEricanbrew (7080) - 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. brokensail (16689) - 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. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Tap @ Strong Ale PP Carlsbad. Murky light caramel pour. Light boozie bourbon aroma with oak, caramel, and a near pear-type aspect. Taste is light bourbon, date, dried fruit, and semi-sweet malt. Clean, almost dry mouthfeel. Understated but well done. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
A confusing beer. It tastes like tea and those doughy flowery flavored asian candies.