hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at OBriens Pub in San Diego. A beginner of a fine evening of weeknight drinking late in September with Katie. Color is dark brown with a fine developing white lace served in a Chimay chalice. Aroma is mostly ashy smoke and dark fruit, with raisins and cherry tossed in the mix. Flavor is fairly light and dry, with bitter smoke and just a hint of oak showing through in the finish. Dark fruits comprise most of the flavor up front. Belgian yeast notes linger in the finish. Pretty tasty.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, Fed 2005 vintage. Murky red-orange brown with a small tan head. Alefruit, prunes, raisins, and biscuit in the aroma. Heavy alcohol presence, with dark fruit flavors and heavy tannic characters. Raisin and alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, thick and hot.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is a deep brown with a small off-white head, and some light lacing. Aroma of wood, yeast, malt, fruit, chocolate. Taste is of oak, fruit, sugar, chocolate, and alcohol. The mouth was average, though maybe a little light for this beer.
annunz123 (947) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla, wood, and maybe a little licorice in the aroma. A lot of malt and some smoke in the flavor, with a bit of a bitter finish. Really good but still slightly disappointing compared to some of Allagashís other efforts. Iíll take the Curieux over this any day.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Columbus tasting, shared by Ohiodad! Reddish-brown pour, brief tan head. Spicy aroma...a good bit of vanilla and oak. The flavor had some bourbon notes along with some yeast and spice elements. Nice carbonation over the palate.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Bottled October 2006. Cloudy Dark brown like root beer with full light brown head. Sweet aroma. Taste of malasses, dark chocolate and malt with a bitter after taste. No taste of the Oak barrel.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a dark, mahogany brown with a 2 finger, off white head that slowly fades out and sticks to the glass.
Smell is of raisins, brown sugar, plums, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, oak, dough, tobacco, caramelized apples.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. The balance seemed to be slightly skewed towards the oakiness and leaning away from the Belgian goodness but overall, itís enjoyable and very well done.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied with mild carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Some may think itís a bit "thin" but itís the dryness from the oak tannins that gives them this initial reaction.
The abv is evident after a few sips and it makes you wonder whether or not the beer was soaked in used bourbon barrels. The barrels were newly toasted American oak so the caramelized bourbony flavors are all derived from the beer combined with the oak. Nice.
hman43 (928) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is dark brown with ruby highlights with Belgian lace. It has a frothy brown head. There are aromas of roast, dark fruits, plums, and earthly elements. There are flavors of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, plums, earthly elements, and cherries. It has a heavy feel to it and is highly bitter on the low side. It is a complex ale with complex combinations of malts and hops with yeast with significant alcohol warming.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled February 2005) The beer is very dark with ruby highlights and a rich oaky, vanilla nose. The oak and alcohol really come through on the palate. A smoky element becomes more apparent as the beer warms. This beer tastes something like a bourbon milkshake. My tastes would probably prefer a lighter toast on the oak.
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The oak flavor while not overbearing is what really make this beer special to me. Faint notes hit you on the nose and there is a bit of a woody back taste that really left me looking forward to the next sip. At this point it will have some age on it, but at 10% I think if will have held up just fine and will only grow smoother with age.