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 (8122) - 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 (5355) - 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.
robertjm (839) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Beer Revolution - minimal head. Slightly reddish body. Flavors of caramel and malts as compared to lots of hops. Fruits if plums and apricots. Like this because it ’s not too hoppy despite the IBUs.
v8powered (139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Double Bastard is smoothed out with a little oak. It makes for a great beer. Very enjoyable sipper. The Oak adds just a little more reason to enjoy this beer.
ChainGangGuy (4705) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Served up a clouded, ruddy-looking, russet-toned body with a thin, creamyish, near-white head.
Smell: Bready, toasted malts encrusted with caramelized sugars, beer-soaked raisins, hints of vanilla sugar, citrusy hops, and zesty oak wood.
Taste: Caramel as well as bready, toasty malts followed by layers of sweetness with another helping of brown sugar joining in. Raisiny fruitiness, later a bit of cooked apricots. Very small amount of vanilla. The citrusy, earthy hops, lightly bitter throughout, mingle well with the woodsy tannins from the French oak chips. Soft oakiness on the warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A big beer, a bold beer, but it remains keenly, dangerously drinkable.
Tmoney99 (13059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, wood and earth hop aroma. Moderate to full body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy biitersweet flavor to medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex standout beer.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
06 vintage at fobab 2010. Pours deep amber with a small light tan head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of caramel, woody and oaky with some vanilla, bourbony, just lots of rich candy notes. Flavor is sweet and bourbon, the candy again coming to the forefront with the vanilla woody notes there but more background. Sweet vanilla candy finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Pretty good stuff.
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sixth beer of ten at iron abbey’s beer. Bitter taste of destruction. Hoppy and murdering. Bitter taste lingers long after you’re finished.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage on tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours hazy orangish amber with white head. Aromas of woody oak, caramel, dark malts, and a bit of caramel. Flavors of vanilla, oak, wet wood, good amount of bitter hops, and some caramel. Strong woody notes and still a good amount of bitterness even at this age. Really surprised at the amount of bitterness still left in this one. Really solid brew.