nimbleprop (5794) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Opaque, mahogany amber with a cloudy, white head. It does not look like an imperial stout. Aroma is fruity, woody, tart. Flavor is all fruits, apples, pears. Not what I expected.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, The Oak Podge, 9% ABV. Medium tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, alcohol, oak, some bittersweet chocolate, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, sour, yeast, some vinous. Medium-full body, fairly smooth.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 A Mes re-rate. Bottle at home with Mario and Warren.
I rated this quickly during Borefts Fest due to Urbain insisting Ian and I drank copious amounts of Drity Horse. Thankfully, I had a bottle at home that I have been saving to share with good folks. Mario and Warren fit the bill nicely. One sniff and one sip makes it pretty clear, although I’ve given this a 4.2 already, I’ve under-rated it slightly. Superb chestnut brown colour, almost opaque, with a decent beige head. Aroma is absolutely through the roof. The base Podge works so bloody well with the Bourgogne barrel. The chocolate and fruit sit together and it’s a marriage of sheer beauty. The flavour is even better. Chocolate, caramel, barrelly sourness, luscious fruit, almost smoky notes, superb balancing bitterness. Lengthy finish that seems to be a rapid synopsis of everything this little gem has to offer. Davy, Glenn, this is exceptional guys, it really is.
A Mes rate. Bottle at 1st Borefts Beer Festival.
Very dark brown with an excellent beige head. Amazing caramel, bourgogne and vanilla on top of the already excellent Podge. The finish is epic. Sweet yet bitter. Absolutely glorious.
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 750 ml bottle labeled as The Oak Podge at Churchkey in DC. ABV listed as 9%, which makes me think this is a separate beer from the Bourgogne Barrel, but I haven’t tried that one, so can’t say for sure. Poured (by Greg the beer manager) with a massive tan colored head that settled quickly and left nice lacing. Aroma had notes of licorice and caramel candied apples. Taste had emphasis on the malts with a subtle background of wood, dark cherries and figs. Long lasting finish was both dry and mildly bitter. Best beer of the night.
Bullit (4159) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ kloneo, thx Noize. Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma is malty chocolate, bourbon, a bit sour. Flavour is chocolate malts, fruits, a bit sour.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Bottle from boutip. Pours black with a small amount of contrasting white head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, with rich dark fruit in background. Mouthfeel is above average. It is a mild chocolate, overpowering the coffee, with a secondary wine.Very rich and a replacement over supper for wine.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked and caged brought by scrizzzzzzzzz. Dark brown with tight big light tan. Slight roast and coffee with more apple than anything. Light body with great carb. Apple, tobacco and some booze. Nice stuff and not much of a stout IMHO, more like a strong ale. 10.5 is well hidden and I am diging this. Thanks Clint.
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. thanks, scrizzz! pours a cloudy dark ebony with a dense creamy tan head. big tart tangy nose...creamy dark roast with dark fruits and vanilla oak notes showing. creamy medium body with mild carb and tons of flavor on the mid palate. sweet, tangy, and tart finish. interesting twist on ba impies.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a large creamy offwhite head. Tart aroma with notes of berries and strong notes of toasted wood including a bit of a spicy bite. Taste is light bitter roasted malts, berries, toasted oak, chocolate, light hoppiness in the finish. Lightly tart throughout. Very smooth and very creamy. Softly carbonated. No hint of alcohol. This is a very nice beer.
GRM (3276) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Green bottle, 750 ml, lot 336, best before APR 20 14, via Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on October 11 2009; eye: dark brown, opaque, good effervescence, nice beige sheet, light lacing; nose: roasted malt, burgundy, candied fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, light alcohol, light brown sugar; mouth: roasted malt, light hops, oak, burgundy, candied fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, light alcohol, light brown sugar, tannin, finale in malt-candied fruits with presence of alcohol, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, foamy texture, light acidity; overall: quite good
Bouteille verte, 750 ml, lot 336, meilleure avant APR 20 14, via Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 11 octobre 2009; œil : brune foncée, opaque, bonne effervescence, belle couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : malt rôti, bourgogne, fruits confits, chocolat noir, mélasse, léger alcool, léger cassonade; bouche : malt rôti, léger houblon, chêne, bourgogne, fruits confits, chocolat noir, mélasse, léger alcool, léger cassonade, tanin, finale en malt-fruits confits avec présence d’alcool, corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture mousseuse, légère acidité; en résumé : très bonne