anders37 (23407) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Starbelly, San Francisco, CA. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty chocolate woody oaky aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate bourbon flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.
madmitch76 (22572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12th April 2014
Opaque dark brown beer,good tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Light fine carbonation. Semi dry. Smooth dark malt, little oaty cereal. Nice mellow dark chocolate, integrates well. Mellow bourbon wood and spice. Light finish, semi dry. Nice without quite reaching the higher echelons.
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London for Josh’s farewell tasting. Picked up in CA. Pours dark brown with a luscious, creamy tan head. General dark malt nose, some lightly torched wood, nips of toasted marshmallows. Lovely flavor, lots of chocolatey malts, more toasted marshmallows, toasted toffee, mild earthy bitterness, light baking cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Good balance to finish, some rich chocolate, more toasted marshmallows, well ripened dark fruits, faint toasty toffee. Exceptional balance. Wonderful beer.
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Foeder Teaser Tasting. Deep red/brown beer with a rich lasting beige head. Woody aroma, malty caramel, oak notes, roasted, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds, licorice, some citrus. Chocolate flavor, leather, oak, vanilla, woody, caramel, hazelnuts, licorice, warming alcohol, raisins, woody, licorice, biscuits, almonds, roasted peanuts, some cocoa powder. Very well balanced and with alcohol well hidden.
Theydon_Bois (17267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Josh’s Farewell Tasting, thanks to Leighton, 20/02/14.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan covering that gives way to spotting and edgework.
Nose is coconut shavings, woody twang, uncooked fruit cake mix, dark fruit, a little raw and harsh in places.
Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, cake mix, coconut, dark toffee fudge, light booze, much more refined than on the aroma.
Medium bodied +, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little warming alcohol.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Bourbon, roast, and lots of chocolate. A bit of alcohol, oak, toffee, and nice dark fruits. Notes of licorice and burnt sugar. Nice sweet flavor of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice oak, some booze, plum, licorice, and a decent roasted malt quality. Slight char, cocoa powder, and burnt sugar.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon barrel, charred oak, roasted chocolate, smoke, vanilla, burnt coffee, burnt toast and smoked cherry wood. Medium body.
mcberko (14691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours black with a one-finger length of tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light roast, and bready notes. Flavour brings out notes of vanilla, bready notes, butter, and booze. Smooth as hell on the palate, with a creamy palate. Solid stuff.
bhensonb (14179) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours black with a 4 finger foamy/creamy darkish tan head. Aroma is sort of dark chocolate over treacle. And it’s actually better than those words indicate. Full bodied or nearly so. Lots of chocolate, maybe a bit of licorice, surely some tasty dark treacle. Oh. Maybe there’s some heat - but it’s flavor, not annoyance. Wow. Finishes not quite dry , and very, very flavorful. Brilliant dark ale.
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113Vr poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of carmel, roastiness, bourbon, cocoa, fruittiness, light cola and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, cola, roastiness, fruittiness and light bourbon with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.