RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, cloudy brown color with ruby red highltghts. A nice inch of bubbly head and some clingy spider web lacing. A rich, malty scent with notes of raisins, plums, figs, yeast and brown sugar. A nice, complex flavor with some dried fruits up front, chocolate and malt in the middle with a slgiht alcohol burn in the finish. This is a wonderful beer that improved as it warmed. Outstanding.
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark mahogany brown with a short brown head. The head disappeared to just a film very quickly. The aroma was mild and had hints of wine, milk chocolate and molasses. The initial taste of the beer revealed a good amount of effervesence from a good bit of carbonation. There was also a pleasant alcohol flavor that lent a bit of tartness along with the carbonation. Flavors of milk chocolate and caramal malt were light in the middle. The finish had a nice alcohol warmth as the flavors just mellowed away.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ GLB ....Hazy dark brown pour , big off white head , good lace . Big malt aroma with notes of oak , dark fruit and roasted malt . Sweet malt flavor upfront , chocolate , fruity , wood and vanilla . Medium bodied , finish is dry and warming . Excellent
budznsudz (421) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light brown with a whispy head. Aroma is toasted malt and oak with a touch of fig. Taste is oak barrel and medium body malt with a texture on the thinner side. All of the elements work well together. Quite enjoyable.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma had dark fruit, a big oakiness, and a vinious note. THe flavor had oak, soury dark fermented fruit, and caramel. THe beer poured a cloudy dark brown w/ orange highlights; thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, and slightly carbonated.
HeadyDE (410) - Delaware, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft offering at 2sp..billed as having notes of dark fruit with spice and molasses with a subtle oak character..dark reddish hue..aroma of raisin..plum..bit of coffee..medium bodied..slight woody..mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.definitely spice forward with a lingering finish..strong ale indeed..wouldn’t exactly call this a wheat beer..slight caramel presence with traces of berries in there as well..interesting..
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear brown with pale beige head and no lacing. Aroma fruity esters, vanilla, light banana. Taste is dark fruits, oak, vanilla, coconut, light banana. Medium to full body and medium to low carb. really good!
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a very hazy dark brown, no head. Nose is vanilla, very oaky, bit nutty, some brown sugar.
Taste is again big on the wood, with a dark, butty, slightly bready malt body, some brown sugar, a bit of a vinous note from the wood aging, and a hefty vanilla and oak note on the finish.
Moderately light carbonation, medium bodied.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
08 and 09 back to back.
08-pours black with no real head. aroma is rich and malty with some sweetness and chocolate. drinks really smooth with chocolate and malt sweetness but oak isnt really noticable. smooth and sweet chocolate on the finish. alcohol is still present.
09-pours black with little off white head. aroma is the same as 08 but no quite as strong at this point. flavors are the same but a little more muddled and doesnt seem really put together. higher carbination and a little more caramel present. better with age.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle, Feb 2005. Poured nice enough, dark reddish brown with a nice, but small head on top. Good enough aroma of many dark fruits (fig, plum, raisin), some breadiness and a load of bourbon. The mouthfeel followed suit, but it was slightly more bitter than I’d have liked. Finishes dry and sweet and somewhat malty, and oh yeah, lots of bourbon. Basically, it’s like they took thier dubbel and threw it in some barrels ... It’s funny, the ingredients are there, but there’s something about it that doesn’t add up.