swoopjones (6770) - 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.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of plum wine, wood, fruitcake, and slight hints of coffee. Flavor of burnt wood, roasted nuts, raisin, and earthiness. Substantial body, but not syrupy. Light, smooth carbonation. Very unique, complex, and enjoyable. This would go great with a cigar. All the DFH haters out there can bite me.
deliciosity (12) - USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown pour. Flat head but nice lacing. Initial aroma of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and strong alcohol. The wood ads a very unique/pronounced smoky and bitterness. Flavor is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, darkly roasted malts, and alcohol. The bitterness lingers after the taste dissapates. Definitely a unique brew that grows more complex as it warms.
getalife2k5 (7) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown, almost black out of the bottle, not unlike coffee. looked thick when pouring, but wasn’t really thick to drink. had a cream colored head about 1 cm high. smelled like coffee and cedar chips. tastes of coffee (again), molasses, prune juice and cognac were detected. i also thought i tasted a hint of soy sauce (the light kind). very creamy texture and smooth going down. the carbonation seemed to be just right and lasted the whole glass. not much in terms of a wood taste, but it seemed to have a woody dryness to it. the alcohol was detectable but just right. I shared a sip with some Japanese friends who described it as tasting like boiled konbu, which is a thick, dark-green seaweed used for making soup bases and sauces. this is definitely a sipping beer that i think would be nice on a chilly night beside an open fire.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very brown pour. Aroma is woody, vanilla and dark malts. Taste has coffee, chocolate, figs, vanilla. Some bitter finish.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown pour, thin head, very roasty and woody nose with alcohol wafting. Dark roasty malt, some coffee notes with caramel and fruit. Bitterness balances well. Wood is background but noticeable. Full bodied, roasty astringent finish. A distinctive, interesting and complex beer with a lot to explore. I like it.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, opaque brown with a thin ring of a head. Aroma of caramel, black cherries, wood and vanilla. Toffee, some light roasted barley,vanilla and toasted wood flavors. Some vinous flavors are accompanied by plums and cherries leading into a woody finish.
topher40409 (38) - gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle; black to brown with an off white film on top that quickly fades. aroma is of chocolate coffee in a curious toasted wood with slight alcohol notes. wow! very very complex flavor. sweet toffee in malt up front. with slight alcohol warmth followed by a chocolate coffee and a toasted wood flavor that is like nothing else i have tried. finish is a chewy woodsy malt with slight english hop flavor.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ GOBF 08. This came out black, I imagined hints of maroon, but yeah black. Finger sized dark brown head, with dense tiny bubbles. Chocolate, roasty, vanilla, spicy, wood/oakiness, some indistinguishable bright fruits buried in there. Much the same in flavor, with a little sweetness and roast/chocolate big flavor components. A touch of alcohol, which blends in well with the rest doesn’t stand out as a bad thing. Well carbed, with a nice medium body. Drying wood/tannic finish. Gives the impression of a little acidity. Great. Looking forward to having this in bottles.