AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL10/20
adamjackson (764) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – OCT 11, 2012
S – The first thing I get is caramel. This is followed by a nutty toffee and heavy maple syrup. There’s a combination of charred oak and sweet vanilla but maybe I’m confusing the maple and vanilla. Both are very sweet. I’ve sniffed the hell out of this and my nostril is growing tired. The booze burns every bit of my nose.
T – Wow. This is very hard because, up front, it’s very sweet. The burnt caramel and “100 grand bar” taste is big, sweet and tastes like it’s a fresh backed sweet pasty right out of the oven. It covers my mouth and stays around forever. It’s this maple oaky cedar and lemon wood sweet bomb like candied sugar and toffee. There’s this pure cane syrup finish and a huge vanilla bourbon finish as it fades away. After a minute, there’s a hint of smokiness.
M – Extremely heavy body, absolutely no carbonation. This is a chewy beer although no need to even say that, right?
O – This is a love hate beer. It’s incredibly balanced. There is no doubt about that. However, it’s a 27% beer that’s so close to whiskey yet entirely too sweet to be whiskey. The sweetness needs to be turned down and perhaps time will do that. I am enjoying sipping on this. It’s best shared with friends and perhaps not after enjoying Bud Light and Doritos.