Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weird beast with a strong barrel character that seemingly takes more room than actual malt.
Another exceptional alcohol concealing job by DFH. Moka and vanilla interesting notes.
I donít consider plywood astringence to be a proper substitute to hops when it comes to balancing a beerís enormous sweetness. Not as vinous as hoped, though certainly tannic. Not that aromatic really. Annoying molasses dominating note.
robinvboyer (3394) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like an impy stout, very very dark, and a thick beige head. Aroma is odd.......quite smokey, with notes of soy sauce, and burnt malt. Flavour is again quite odd. Its very earthy, and a touch spicy. Im getting some soy again, with mollasses, and some earthy woodiness that must come from the wood. Very complex beer.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at coles in Buffalo- whoa. this one is boozy, but it has some nice chocolate notes, coffee, mollasses, dark grapes, and of course, some oak character as well. My beer was a bit cold. But I could picture this one warming up very nicely with a good cigar.
nmouncey (7) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong coffee colored, tan head. Aroma is pine, date, burnt raisin, a hint of liquorice. Taste is treacle toffee, quince, figs. Would be a great beer to accompany a good cheese, maybe an extra mature cheddar.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into chalice. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa and vanilla, hints of brown sugar and raisin, alcohol. Taste is vanilla and oak, toffee, cocoa, nuts, raisin, with definite spicy alcohol presence. Finishes with coffee, oak, alcohol, sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy body, low carbonation, sticky.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle. Pours out a viscous deep chocolate color with a minimal tan head. Aroma of woodshop, slightly musty with some roasted notes. The wood shows up in the flavor and is reminiscent of Frankincense. Notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted grain and caramel. The mouthfeel is substantial, but not syrupy, carbonation is minimal. Slight roasty bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. This is an incredible beer and sets a new standard for American Browns. Great choice for a beer to showcase the palo santo. Looking forward to future brews that come out of the palo santo barrel they are currently building.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, completly opaque, with a small head, no lacing. Wooden bench and coffee aroma. Taste is White wine, fresh cut wood, coffee and toffee. Palate is med. bodied, fresh, powdery. Finishes with an aspirin, toffee bitterness, and leaves a dry tongue aftertaste.
Very intresting.. new flavors, new complexities. Should pair well with very specific foods.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body, thinnish tan head. Nose is green malt - I know that sounds odd - but if malt & pine sap were combined you would get this. Some raisin/grape, astringent alcohol. Flavor is caramel, toffee, chocolate, wood resin. Grapes/raisin come back in the finish. Its a tingly imperial stout with a well balanced wood resin. Huge mouthfeel. Iím intrigued by the woodiness but I canít help but wonder if it would have better expressed itself in a lighter base beer.
swoopjones (6709) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a deep dark brown with khaki head. Huge roasty, woody slight sweet nose. Big roasty taste with slight alcohol burn. Creamy body with coffee notes. Very enjoyable beer
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a big foamy caramel colored head. Lots of lacing. Plum aromas, dark candy, clove, cinnamon, and some banana. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, plum, and a lot of spices. I like the banana aftertaste. The texture is smoky and cool. Alcoholic finish, which is expected. Very interesting beer overall. The alcohol limits drinkability a bit. Spicy medium-mouthfeel.