merc7186 (2904) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Mild Brown Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Definitely Oaked, Vanilla, Rye, Black Bread, Mild Oatmeal
T: Oatmeal, Rye, Dark Mild Roasted Malts, Black Bread
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Dry, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a really great beer with a lot going on and the white oak mellows it out enough to make very drinkable.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ CCB. Pours a deep brown. Nose is spices, rich dark malts, cocoa and huge wood notes. Flavor is a pleasant spicy cedar that tones down some of the sweetness from Improv. The wood notes create an amazing flavor that really makes a beer I’m not overly crazy about anymore into an incredibly nice drinking beer. Great idea.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Cigar City. Wow. What a tasty blend that I never would have thought of. Pours a light brown with an off-white head. Nose is bread, malt, hints of rye spiciness with lovely vanilla notes that float around the rye and amplify the great qualities in the rye. Flavor is a similar blend of awesome and wonderful. I get bread, rye, and vanilla, with some wood in there also. I think this beer is great, and I would not know it was 9%, but would drink the hell out of it otherwise.