theisti (3497) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz hand bottle shared by tjthresh, courtesy of BBB63 - enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Pour is black-brown-ruby with a nice dirt brown head. Aroma of piney hops, licorice, bright spiciness. The oak is present as well. Taste of bright hops, moving quickly into the grainy oak woodiness. Vanilla notes become evident in the finish / after taste. This was a very creative and well made beer. Huge thanks to both Mike and Tom!
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz . Handbottled and traded to me by BBB63. Many thanks for this very good hybrid. I’m jealous of those that can enjoy it on tap. Poured a black color with mahogany edges & a 1/2" tan head. Spotty lacing coats my glass. Aroma was not huge. Grapefruit & malts. Mouthfeel was on the dry side with just right carbonation. I served this brew cold, fridge temp, and at first the hoppy bitterness was strong. Very much like grapefruit & citrious fruits. As the brew warmed the bitterness became more subtle and some background flavors of malt/bakers chocolate became more pronounced. Just a hint of the oak aging flavored the brew. I’m not an IPA guy, but this was pretty damn good. Thanks again Mike!
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks go to Mike for the hand-bottle! Poured quite deep brown with a creamy, thick cap of yellowy-beige head and thorough lacing as it descended. The aroma picked up sweet floral and toasted nutty notes upfront, with lingering oak and medium-skinned fruits beneath.. the oak was even more present with warmth, and provided a fine platform for supporting this one. The flavor was chock fulla toasty oak all the way through.. caramel and mild grapefruit pair with a bit of chocolate and lots of pine bitterness across the middle.. bitterness was quite high by the end, and the sweet chocolate-y and piney finish was very enjoyable. Medium-plus bodied, and it left a lot of piney bitterness and toasted oak sourness on the finish.. well-balanced and very solid all-around!
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottled by BBB63 who hooked me up w/this to try. First of all, this has a very weak smell. Hardley any aroma floating over the head. That is the only quality I didn’t like about this one. Poured pitch black with tan quarter inch bubbly head. Nice soothing oak bite with a refreshing piney finish. Hints of smoke throughout. Easy to drink, could knock back quite a few of these if given the chance. Would definately buy this if the opportunity arose. Solid, different, and interesting should be called the mystery beer. Thanks Mike
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample Hotshots Feb Indy tasting from a BBB63 growler - Aroma is roasted dark malts, oak, fresh pine hops and a touch of smoke. Pours black with a small head and no lacing. Flavor is resiny hops, strong oak tannins and roasted malts followed by a slap of citrus hops. Palate is tart and dry. Interesting, different, very tasty and something I wish I could get locally.
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz hand bomber from BBB63. Pours a cola black with a red tint and a medium sized creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, tar, pine and faint grapefruit. Very unique taste of roasted malt mixed in with wood chips, pine needles and a hint of grapefruit. This is quite enjoyable tasting all of these different flavors in a brew. Very nice. Thanks Mike for allowing me to try such a oddity.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. hand bottle courtesy of a trade with BBB63, thanks Mike! Pours a virtually opaque black with a moderate light brown head with dense froth and ample lacing. The aroma is surprisingly light for such a dark beer with notes of pine, grapefuit and lightly roasted malt. Not so with the flavor - lightly roasted malt up front with some very soft wood flavors and then bam!!! - the hops kick in. Just the right amount of hops bitterness that lingers well beyond the swallow. There is also a very subtle coffee and roasted malt flavor that rises ever so slightly at the finish as well. This is really a unique beer and very well done. Kudos to the brewer on this one and my thanks to Mike for sending me this gem.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce hand bottle from Mike and Chuck. Pours dark black, but not totally opaque. Very nice light brown head. Lasting with great lace. The slightest amount of tannic wood actually seems to help define the grapefruity/piney hops. The roast malt still seems to nudge its way in to the picture as well. Damn this beer tastes great. The oak character, while we’ve all tasted it before, seems to be a bit different here. Mellow. I’m wondering about the barrel, and how long ther beer wan actually in it. New oak? I don’t taste an spirits. Oh yeah, very pleasant burnt malts and spicey hops are there too. And do a damn fine job. Medium body. Soft mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Woody dry finish. Really a fantastic beer. Its a damn shame more people will not have the chance to try this. Hopefully Mike scored a growler and try to bring to DLD. It think it will be a hit. Either that or it will mark Mike and me as total homers!
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Rerate: The oak is slowly coming around more on the finish of the beer, the combination of wood, charred malt and piney is a beautiful thing.
Tap at brewery: Nearly opaque with a frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of nice pine and grapefruit, prune, charred and chocolate malt, and a hint of fresh oak. The taste starts with a layer of balanced chocolate and bready malts working with a sharp hop bitterness supported by a light amount of citric fruit. You get a touch of oak wood, charred malt and light hop spice upon the finish. The mouth feel is lively and crisp with a dry finish. The wood seemed to bring out the hop profile even more than in the regular version. MIKEY LIKEY! Good job