sonnycheeba (4202) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours murky, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is whiskey, dates, figs, caramel malt, and floral hops. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and dark fruit esters; sweet finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and medium warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is oak, whiskey, plums, dates, vinous notes, earthy hops, caramel and cookie malt with lactic acid notes. Flavor is vinous notes, plums and figs with earthy hops and light bitterness, malt background, oak, vanilla and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
onceblind (5313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nearly opaque dark brown with a lasting, albeit thin, white head. Has an aroma of boozy oak, a sharp but faint vanilla note, and something that reminds me of mosquito repellant. Flavor is surprisingly light bodied, but with a pretty assertive taste. Dark earthy malts combine with whiskey-tinged oak and a very light vanilla ester, with more whiskey tones to bring in the finish. Underneath all that whiskey and oak flavor I think the base beer was just a mediocre peaty, sweet malty dark beer. Unfortunately the barrel aging didn’t add anything unique.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark ruby red with thin off white head, aroma has some rotten fruits, stale cardboard, hints of slight vanilla, oak in there, touch of even a vegetal note, with a caramel and sweet fruit note as well. Uh oh. Taste isn’t good either, some off vegetal, rotten notes, mix of oak and slight stale bread, hints of caramel, finishing fairly sweet. Something was off here.