Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Chestnut brown, slight haze. Thin caramel head. Oaky, toasty and chewy, with rich dark fruit notes. There’s a slightly smokey, chocolate note in there. Soft, smokey, chocolatey body with some woody dryness and alcoholic firmness. Complex, distinctive.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml, bottled October 2006) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cookies, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and oak. Flavor of raisins, rum, toffee, apple, oak, and toasted malt with a dry finish.
argo0 (11452) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle from 2/05-pours a tan head with dark amber color. Aroma is oaky and bourbon (I know these are virgin barrels). Taste follows, a big beer which isnít my taste even though Iíve enjoyed much of the Allagash line up.
Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Brown color. Aroma of Hershey bar and earth. Taste is dirty caramel. Dull.
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with a small off-white head. Dark dried fruit and malt in the nose. Sweet and malty flavour with toffee notes. Alcohol noticed. Too boring for a 10% beer.
bhensonb (10935) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged. January 2008 bottle from Marcus (Thanks once more). Vinous, dark fruit and dark malt aromas. Near opaque brown color with garnet glints. Tan head that went up and stayed for awhile. Medium bodied with creamy/fizzy carbonation. All kinds of flavor. Coffee, maybe dark plum fruit, molasses?, chocolate, some heat, some spice. Takes awhile, but some oak comes forth. Very good in the mouth. Reminds me a bit of Glazen Toren Canaster, in a very stepped-down way - certainly no light fruits here. Maybe it resembles cola a trifle? Seems pretty complicated. A great pleasure to drink.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: April 29, 2005
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2005
Appearance: dark amber
Aroma: light malt aroma, rumors of bacon aroma
Flavor: nice bitter malt flavor, lots of spice, palate fatigue
Date: May 04, 2005
Appearance: thin beige head
Aroma: rich dark malt aroma
Flavor: lots of rich malt flavor balanced by nice spices
Date: March 26, 2006
big woody aroma, lots of oak mixed with the dark malt, are all of these oak aged?
Date: November 02, 2006
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: ii+ to iii
lots of wonderful oak
Date: February 01, 2008
oak and dark fruity malts are in perfect balance,
Date: November 08, 2009
Source: brick store
Aroma: sweet aroma and dark ripe fruits dipped in alcohol
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, lots of ripe fruits
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Mahogany pour with an off-white head. Some bread and toffee malt aroma. Some dark fruit, spice, and wood. Not terribly sweet and a bit herbal. The flavor is very toasty and heavy on the oak. Mild to moderate malt sweetness of toffee and toasted bread. Spice and herb flavors, yeast, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke.
Tmoney99 (10576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Riverís Bend. Poured reddish/brown color with an average light brown fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit, woody, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full complex sweet bourbon flavor with solid bittersweet finish and a small bite of alcohol. Good standout brew.