jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brownish red with a quickly fading off-white head. Nice aroma of wood, vanilla, sherry and almonds. Flavor has notes of plum, raisin, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, oak, sherry and ends with chocolate and alcohol in the finish. Pleasantly sweet. Medium body with very fizzy, spritzy carbonation. Nice beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Mostly opaque murky brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is meat, beef jerky, smoky chocolate, salty hops, prunes, light wood barrel, charred barrel, licorice. Taste is salty prune, wood, chocolate, light burbon (but not enough to burn), yeast, and thick malts. Full mouthfeel, dense, medium-lively carbonation. I thought they did a nice job with the barrel aging on this one - there wasn’t any alcohol burn like I’ve had from some bourbon barrel aged beers, and the tannic oak notes were not overpowering.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly cloudy amber with an off-white head. Massive oak aroma and flavor, a bit too woody, could be a bit more subtle. The spiciness of the yeast esters struggled against the oak aroma. Taste starts sweet with a nice fig and caramel sweetness that is quickly faded into a percieved dryness by the oak. The actual dryness in the finish isn’t half of how dry all the oak makes it feel. An interesting beer, but I wish they had blended it differently.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I saved this for #2000, because it was the best beer I had over Independence Day weekend. The pour was hazy, deep-brown with a medium white head. The aroma was complex...oakish, with bourbon, figs, caramel malt, some chocoff. The taste was very oaky, with the common vanilla flavor, which was bolstered by big bourbon, figs, caramel malt, and merlot and port wine. A true doppleganger of the 3 alcohol styles, this one is. Great, dense mouthfeel with well hidden alcohol and increasing complexity as it warms. If you see this one, for God’s sake buy this one!!
ABUSEDGOAT (2352) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Pours a dark body with a moderate head. Aroma is remnicent of wine and wood... oak by any chance? haha. If it’s not wine, it’s some other form of hard alcohol. Maybe rum or bourbon? It’s very smooth based on the aroma and the alcohol %. However, the flavor doesn’t match the price tag. $15 for a bottle = never again. Even if I won the lottory I wouldn’t buy this beer. It’s not that special anyway.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe auburn surmontée d’une mousse généreuse. Arômes de chêne, de fumé et de malt. Saveurs de chêne, de cassonnade et d’alcool. Bien balancée.
GonZoBeeR (2916) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance:Redish brown,good head...
Flavor:oak all the way,malt and sugar.......
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml, bottled 2/05) Big beige head atop a clear, dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, brown sugar, raisin, bourbon, vinous, some vanilla, light wood, faint peat. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, light plum. Surprisingly mild alcohol warming in the finish. Medium-full body that is much thinner than the bourbon its flavor suggests. Still, the aroma would have you believe a greater range of flavors await you than the beer actually delivers.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle: Poured a deep purplish brown, opaque, with a moderate off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is pleasant, that of oak, bourbon, sugar, and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is excellent, notes of wood, some caramel, maple syrup, plum, and raisin. Slight hint of alcohol at first, which completely disappeared after the 3rd sip. Very enjoyable.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. corked bottle. Dark reddish brown color with a good size tan head. Fruity aroma of oak and whiskey. Flavor was mildly sweet malt, caramel and alcohol. Reminded me of stealing sips of my uncle’s VO and club soda when I was a kid. Unfortunately I’m not a big whiskey fan, but this is definitely well made.