WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz via trade with OldStyleCubFan. Pours blackish brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Nose is sweet and woody, the wood is pretty prounounced. Taste is very rich, sweet, and malty. The wood is omniprescent here, and the alcohol is nicely hidden, in a pretty damn nice overall brew. Taste is really rich and big, and the wood is really there in full effect.
docsteigs (524) - Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty black with thin head; not too impressive on the aroma but rich taste with smooth malt, licorice, coffee, chocolate; not too much wood flavor picked up; clean finish; well balanced w/ the high ABV.
cheap (3973) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black used harley oil appearance. This stuff has a thin choco mousse head. No ffensive volatile odor considering the ABV. First taste impression is taste bud rape and plunder. However, as the session continues, it almost becomes bearable on the palate. Must be some kinda numbing effect. Certainly treading on imp stout territory here. Not quite as terrible as the ABV would predict. But this stuff is till rude and ornery. Will not buy again but I was glad to have the chance to try this brew. Alky bitter medicine linger.
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, from the PP Shop. Deep black-brown color that pours still, with some fine beige bubbles. Smoky aroma of vanilla liqueur, rich and spicy wood notes, some hoppy pine resin and ground coffee beans. Flavor follows up the aroma with robust blackened malts, vanilla and molasses. The wood aging is not prevalent over the entire taste experience, but its there. The flavors end with a modest, lasting bitterness. I got a bit of a metallic character through the first half of the bottle, but improved with warmth. Alcohol is cloaked really well, tastes more like 8-10% range.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 Appearance is brown with a creamy brown head. Nose of caramel, wood, and alcohol. Taste is malty with some light vanilla and wood. Finish is lightly bitter. Not as good as I had hoped, but not bad. Probably not worth the 12.99 for a 4 pack. *** Update *** A year and a half later, this brew is drinking much smoother. The wood has really been toned down, and there is little - or no - alcohol burn. Same great wood, vanilla, and caramel notes. Drinking a little more like an oaked imperial stout. Very nice.
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 z bottle from Firewaters. First off this beer was served waaay too cold. Poured black with a mocha brown head. Chocolate aroma with only slight hint of wood that maybe was subdued from the frigid temp. Malty flavor with lots chocolate sweetness, vanilla and slight wood. Finishes with slight bitterness and no trace of the 12% alcohol. Nice beer that I will have to try again at a temp that allows all the flavors to show.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Bottle gifted by Dr. McD - thank you sir! Was nice to check up on this and it was much darker and roastier than I remember. Color was dark brown, the wood tasted much darker this time - much less green. The fruit tasted overripe this time, and married with roastiness and wood created a much thicker and stouter bev. Very unique.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pretty much black in color upon pouring. Roasted malty aroma. Some coffee and chocolate along with a hint of vanilla and alcohol. Strong roasted malty flavor. Some bitter coffee. Some sweet sugary milkiness. Some hop character. Finish is a somewhat spiced woody thing. Well hidden alcohol. Tastes like a sweet impy stout to me.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex nose. Woodsie-type smell, like oak, sweet. Taste is also complex, very sweet and malty, slight roastiness. Can tell this is aged in wood. Slight flavor of tannins from wood. %12 abv is extremely well hidden. Wood aging adds a very pleasureable complexity to a typically uncomplex style. Hints of vanilla or molasses, very smooth and easy to drink. I’d like to try a few more of these with age.
greencatfish (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
!2 oz Bottle Color is very stout like with a strong smell of chocolate and wood undertone. Flavor was a nutty sweetness with also a wood undertone.For being 12 % the alcohol was well hidden behind the complexity of this beer. When sampled this beer was 20 days old cant wait to see how this one will test in a year or two. Not quite World Wide of 120 but still another home run for Dogfish IMO