AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
adamjackson (1192) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – APR 28, 2013
T – Very smooth, not boozy, nice balance of roasted barley, coffee acidic and maple. but everything seems pretty muted..it’s not fresh anymore so I guess that’s to be expected but really nice balance between every aspect. Cedar chips are present and some chestnut sweetness.
M – Heavy body, very light balanced carbonation, loving the maple syrup liqueur finish. very sweet but the remaining coffee balances it out
O – Yeah, this was very special to have, certainly a lot of the big flavors I expected are way faded but it’s a nice treat and very delicious.
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
adamjackson (1192) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 17, 2012
S – The first scent is a delicious fresh espresso with nice crema. Follow up is bourbon and oak followed by a very sweet vanilla. It’s remarkable how each scent is so separate to make up this complete picture of amazing smelling beer.
T – On first sip, coffee and bourbon are what I get first. The bourbon and woodiness burns and sticks down my throat and into my chest. Like a fine whisky, the heat stays around for a while. The coffee quickly fades away to intense wood and vanilla. The heat is a bit too much for me.
M – 50/50 Bubbles to Liquid on a single mouth swish. Heavy bodied and very very astringent with huge bourbon and wood tastes. It’s super heavy and intense heat.
O – Great flavors but way too much heat and a very displeasing linger of woodiness. It is still a phenomenal beer. The issue with aging this beer is the coffee goes away. I would imagine, in 12 months, this beer’s heat would retract a bit but the intense coffee would fade which would ruin the fantastic awesome-ness that is coffee.