mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is absolutely amazing. Vanilla nose chocolate and coffee. The rye is in the background. Bitter cocoa syrup.
bytemesis (4254) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours pitch black with a small to medium creamy tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is wonderful with smokey and dark roasted malt notes mixing with whiskey and some coffee. Flavor is nice, doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the nose, lightly sweet, light bitter, medium smoky. Very light astringence, chocolate notes present as well. Medium plus body, silky mouthfeel. Another BA winner from Drakes!
barn0216 (485) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at the barrel house. Pitch black with only a dusting of foam but great lacing. Fantastic aroma of spicy chocolate and very light smoke. Bitterness is prominent in the flavor, some roast, chocolate and smoke. I detect a metallic quality that i don’t find appealing. Overall a very good beer but the flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma.
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Barrel House. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is bread, toast, a little smoke flavor. Nice light whiskey notes with big dark chocolate, dirty roast and wood in the finish. Medium carbonation.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Vanilla and oak aroma with light bourbon. Chooclate and vanilla flavor with light oak and rich malt. Medium bodied. Chocolate and vanilla lingers with light oak, light earth, rich malt, and light whiskey.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House. Pours black with a nice tan head and a rye and treacle aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a hint of rye whiskey and a bitter finish.
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a tan head. Nose is pretty smokey, but not quite as much as the bourbon version, it seems. Roasted malt, chocolate coffee, whiskey, vanilla, and oak aromas, too. The flavor is a bit more smokey and char heavy. Rye whiskey, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Mild sweetness of burnt sugar, and a hint of salt.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, cherry, and whiskey aroma. Good thick creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate, smoke, roasted grain, and mellow rye whiskey on the finish. Nice.