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Poured into a snifter. Bottole 3079, 4/20/09.
3.5 A: Nearly clear amber brownish color. Just one finger of creamy beige head with below average retention (average for the ABV I guess) and touches of nonuniform lacing.
4.5 S: The aroma is very nice. The wood plays a dominant role in this. Oak and vanilla are front and center. A good spiciness in there as well. Wood flavors blend well with toffee and caramel. Peach and plum and a host of fruitiness.
4.5 T: The taste is equally impressive. Again, oak and vanilla run rampant and beat my tongue senseless with their flavor, but it isn't overbearing. Lots of toffee, caramel to slightly lesser extent, and lots of light fruits again. This is definitely a sweet brew and the hop bitterness doesn't quite balance it, but it isn't anywhere near cloying. Warming booziness throughout, but not hot. Damn good.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Could use just a touch more carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth despite the booziness.
4.5 D: I haven't had this fresh and this is my first taste so I don't have anything to compare it to, but however it started, it is drinking quite nicely right now. Wood is assertive, but within an acceptable range. The high ABV and crystal malts let this one age quite well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-15-2011 01:23:14
Bourbon, vanilla and oaky with a full body.
Had on tap in Fort Collins. Alcohol taste is present but not as strong as I thought it was going to taste. You definitely get a little bit of a smoky flavor from the wood. Extremely inviting taste that lets your mind wander about what went into making this fine beer.