argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Clear copper body with medium beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some oak, alcohol warming. Soft medium-full body, some resin.
NeuroPliny (91) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a growler filled at Stone brewery in Escondido. Pours clear reddish-brown. Large off-white head that lingers. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, ripe fruit, heavy malt, and hops. And yes, I do think there is toasted oak there! Flavour is a wonderful balance between IPA-like hops and "toasted oak" sweetness with hints of burnt sugar and butter. The finish is long with nice hops rising out of the sweetness. Overall a fascinating beer that is gold for beer nerds.
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery in Escondido, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a large beige head that remains and laces well. The nose has a huge kick of toasted oak, along with caramel, dark fruit, resin and pine. The flavour is balanced between resinous hops and a moderate sweetness with brown sugar, toasted oak, popcorn and earth. The finish is long and toasty with resinous hops. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great American strong with the intense hopping of the original paired with elegant toasted oak notes. A definite improvement on an already great brew! 2013-03-22
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sweet pineapple, earthy piney hop, coffee
Palate: extremely filling.
Flavor: sweet pineapple, earthy bready malt, piney hop, black breakfast tea, coffee; coffee fades as bitter pine takes over on the finish.
Comment: liquid bread
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served as 2006 Double Bastard on French Oak. Mahogany pour with a soapy off-white head. Huge oak aroma, caramel sweetness, mild vanilla, and a fair amount of alcohol. A definite apple note, too. The flavor has some spiciness to it, presumably from the oak. Mild charred oak notes, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. A bit of alcohol and some green apple.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color in the glass. There is toasty malts on the nose with with a touch of sweetness maybe prunes or raisins. Taste has some caramel malts with the oak coming through. I notice a touch of licorice and dark fruits. Good beer.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Hennie’s cellar. The malt is strong with this one. Not a barrel monster, the aroma has caramel. Full Bodied, Malty flavour with what I can only call oakey stripes. Long lasting finish some citrus
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a dark burnt amber with creamy white head lacing the glass. It tastes sweet smokey and oakey with nice heat on the backend of the palate. Very good beer.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Caramel and grapefruit aroma. Caramel and oak flavor with grapefruit. Medium bodied. Caramel and oak lingers with grapefruit.
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Beer Revolution. They said that this is last years version, so the hoppiness had faded. They were right. It pours a rather clear orangy brown color with a disappearing off white head. The aroma is sweet with fruit, caramel and light oak. The flavor is sweet and bitter with big notes of caramel, toffee and big earthy bitterness in the finish. Notes of dry oakiness prevail throughout. Pretty nice if a bit brutal in the finish.