Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy dark chestnut. Straightup fudge & coffee nose. Somewhat light "foreign" body with vague icing sugar sweetness. Very nutty. A little underwhelming.
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a black body with a light khaki-colored head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted malt and charred grains, with hints of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and, of course, the oak.
Taste: The flavor of roasted malts and burnt grains yield little sweetness. Some hints of acidic black coffee and chocolate. The oaken aspect seems raw and unrefined, like chomping down on a pencil. Herbal hops with a light bitterness. Dry, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An okay oaky.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like a stout. Very dry, ash andmineral-filled aroma. From the aroma, I donít believe that this is an oatmeal stout. The flavor is a little better - the oatmeal becomes more evident, it is slightly sweetened with some vanilla undertones. A slight bitterness comes out in the finish, almost like dark chocolate. Not bad.
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly black beer, with a fairly impressive soapy lace - very subtle oak in the aroma (I was bracing myself for the typical, barrel-aged oak overload), which is a nice change of pace - other notes in the aroma include chocolate and roasted malts, sweetened espresso, and earthy, vegetal qualities - kind of spicy and medium bitter up front, with coffee and cream being a dominant characteristic throughout - out of place blueberry fruitiness is a bit distracting - background earthy, root vegetable notes manifest abruptly, but the coffee bitterness stomps them out quickly - oak and vanilla are an afterthought, passing over the palate swiftly, as tobacco and roasted notes finish things off - it could have been really good, but those odd, and probably unintentional flavors really distract from its good qualities.
Nephilium (1326) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sweet aroma, touch of oak, and an almost sour off aroma. Pours a dark black, with ruby highlights available at the edges of the glass, has a large head that fades down, leaving great lacing behind. Taste has a touch of coffee and oak. Very watery mouthfeel. Not bad... but not something Iím going out of my way to get more of.
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bubbly thin black with a froth very very light beige head. Aroma of overlly sweet chocolate, some underlying cooked vegtables and oats. The palate was about the only thing right with this beer with a mediu body and a smooth thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor starts off very buttery with hints of chocolate. As this beer warms the flavor improves to bad I after the first few sips I dumped the rest of the bottle out. Yet another underwhelming beer from an underwhelming company.
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour, tan head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, oats, some chocolate and if you search you can find hints of oak. Iím guessing oak chips, not barrels as the oak character lacks and doesnít feel genuine. Medium to light body. Not bad.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark our that is barely penetrated by light. Small tan covering of bubbles. Subdued woody and roasty nose. Palate is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Good roasty/smoky flavor with a fairly bitter finish.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really didnít care for this at first...it was sulfury in smell, and didnít taste great. But as I finished it, for some reason I thought it terrific.
The body of this beer is an opaque black with a sticky lace-intensive head. Aroma was sweet, but had a lot of sulfur that smelled like a multivitamin. There was a chocolate flavor mixed with over-roasted coffee. Mouthfeel wasnít bad, but was a bit rough. Took me a little while to warm up to this beer, but in the end, it was quite good.
I would recommend this beer. This is the best Boulder Beer Iíve tried.
CapFlu (4482) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Whole Foods in Seattle for $6.99. Near opaque with a lasting thin beige head. Nose of cold coffee and milk. Very sweet flavour with a gritty tart hop and sour milk finish. Nice.