bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a beautiful looking mahogany color with a nice, tan head. Wow, this thing is nicely done...cherries and dark malts come through immediately with notes of chocolate, hazelnuts and a woodsy tone complimenting. Medium-full bodied....flavors of dry, bitter chocolate start and end up rounding the corner like helio in turn 4 to finish on a malty, cherry, woodsy note. The checkered flag is waved and DFH is the winner on this bad boy. Well done!
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown - almost porter-ish black with thin almost non-existent head.
Aroma: Toffee, brown sugar,, light vanilla (wood maybe?) some figs and finally the alcohol (not over the top)
Flavor: While finishing dry and a touch medicinal - nice complement of dark fruits and some vanillin notes. Hop notes are restrained and restrain the sweetness.
Overall: A very interesting take on wood aged brown ale with toast, vanilla and other characters - some of the sticky sweetness and medicinal finish detracts.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer for a strong ale. you couldn’t taste the oaked flavor as much as u would think, but there is a distinguishable taste that comes from the specially grown trees. It is a very heavy bodied beer, with a lot of head. It was very potent in its flavor but I couldnt taste the alcohol like some of the others said. It was a nice beer, esp if you enjoy american strong ales
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown. Toffee, alcohol and wood in the fairly rich, demerara-accented nose. Firm alcohol, sweet and with lots of brown sugar character, fig and raisin, wood and alcohol. The finish is a bit boozy.
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The pour is nearly black, with a small tan ring of lace - oak is fairly strong in the aroma, along with strong grape fruitiness, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sticky sweet boozy character - up front, the flavor is quite disappointing, reminding me of cherry-flavored cough syrup - however, this character fades, being replaced by strong roasted malt character, some tobacco, plum, chocolate, grape and fig - alcohol flavors manifest in the finish, and the sweetness becomes sticky, once again reminding me of children’s cough syrup - it even belches up like robatussin a little bit - good in the middle, but damn near awful on both ends - equal parts great and terrible, which is damn hard to do, so I guess I have to give DFH props for pulling it off - if anyone would like to trade for this, I’ve got three more bottles of this crap.
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, grapes, and roasted malt. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with chocolate and grapes. There is some faint roastiness in the finish and a hint of bitter woodiness. Minimal alcohol flavor for the abv. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and slick mouthfeel.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ redlight redlight. Huge choclate nose, dark malts, slightly roasty. Pours chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Malty, roasty, chocolate, spicy flavors, hoppy with hints of citrus, woody flavors like vanilla with hints of cinnamon, as it warms i get hints of anise. Awesome!
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Miami Beach Spring Beer Fling ’08 ... Pitch black with a burnt orange hue when held up to the South Beach sun. Small, creamy, well-tanned head. The vinous, earthy aroma is of charcoal, wood, mineral notes and caramel. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Sweet, chocolaty and nutty. Finishes sweet and chocolaty. Any woodsy essence is understated, as it should be when a beer is aging on one of the world’s most dense and, subsequently, least porous woods. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing the sample!
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost looks to pour a dark ruby out of the bottle but once in the glass is solid black with a very thin tan head. Nice fruit in the aroma, mainly banana, chocolate, and a like bit of wood aroma. Very nice texture. The bottle describes it as a malt beverage so I was a little worried, but it is actually quite tasty. I thought the 12% was decently hidden. Well worth a try.
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 bottle thanks to rollinhard. surprisingly dark brown almost black pour with a thin ring of froth. sweet malts and chocolate with a hint of almost banana. very chocolaty, woody flavor that really takes over the palate. not bad on the palate at all. it’s actually very smooth and drinkable honestly.