shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, roast, and some juicy grapefruit hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, and a bitter juicy grapefruit hop finish.
tjthresh (1865) - 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 weíve all tasted it before, seems to be a bit different here. Mellow. Iím wondering about the barrel, and how long ther beer wan actually in it. New oak? I donít 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!
mcox90 (1563) - 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. Iím 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. Iím not an IPA guy, but this was pretty damn good. Thanks again 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.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Pours a dark, caramel brown with a thin mocha head. The nose is of piny and grapefruit hops, vanilla and roasted malt; interesting but a bit hard to wrap my head around. Medium-bodied and fairly thin, it has soft carbonation and a dry, woody, resinous finish. The flavor is an interesting combination of grapefruit and resinous hop notes followed by young oak at the dry finish. This is a pretty tasty beer. Thanks for sending us this one, Mike!
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Tasted in March ’08. Citrusy and floral hops, light roast, and light wood in the aroma. Taste is woodsy, floral, with light citrus. Moderate bitterness lingers into the finish.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kinda against the grain a little I suppose, but this one just didnt do it for me completely. Hoppy, chalky, lighth chocolate, not.....then my notes got cut off.
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 didnít 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
BCMike22 (80) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells spicy, almost sour. Poured into snifter glass. Reddish brown, not quite pure back. Oak taste is prominent, almost overpowering. Lasting aftertaste, almost what you would expect in a nice scotch w/a smoky flavor.