Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a hazy dark brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, wood and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, oaky bourbon, caramel and citrus. The finish is smoky and boozy with a caramel malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
Darkmagus82 (479) - - JUL 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance Ė The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė Just like its non-barrel aged brother (Devilís milk) the aroma of the beer is heavy of sweeter aromas of caramel and toffee. Mixed with these smells are some aromas a lightly floral and earthy nature, but these are rather light overall. Some oaky and woody flavors as well as a moderately strong dark fruit aroma of cherry and fig are there mixing with a bit of a boozy smell nicely, creating a rather warming smell overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins, just as the Devilís Milk does, with a very sweet and malty taste with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness matched with a good showing of a bready nature. As the flavor advances some of the fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue with some cherry hitting the tongue. Here is where it diverges slightly from the Devilís Milk, with some flavors of oak and wood coming to the tongue. Again however sweeter tastes later come, with a good lot of candied sugar and a bit of some lighter fruit flavors of orange and pear. A bit of hop flavors also come to the tongue; consisting mainly of a floral and citrus nature. Some more boozy and oaky flavors joint the flavor profile in the end and with a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The beer was average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to lightly below average. The lower carbonation is very appropriate for the sweet flavors of the brew, but a slightly thicker body may have accentuated the wood/oak flavors of the brew better.
Overall Ė Very Similar to Devilís Milk in nature; just with some hints of wood and oak and maybe a hint more of booze. If choosing between this and Devilís milk and this and if they are at the same price, then choose this, but if you have to spend much more, save your money and just go with the Devilís as they are not all that much different.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber body under a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy partial covering. The nose is slightly sweet, but itís much more dominated by the oakiness than anything. Itís a very raw and fresh smelling oakiness. Some nice toffee and brown sugar maltiness as well though. Minimal to no alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet though, lots and lots of brown sugar and burnt caramel with a heavy raw oakiness. Some moderate alcohol heat on the back end, but not horrible given the huge ABV on this guy. Full bodied and rather sticky and chewy with soft fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer.
JHeath99 (834) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a nice reddish amber with a ring of off white head. Aroma of caramel and booze. Taste is heavy on the booze with dark fruits.
closey22 (793) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with reddish hues and rimming beige head; aroma has notes of cinnamon and bourbon but both are softly blended; Flava is rich bourbon and sugary sweet malt; feels thick with nice fizzy bite; finishes dry and sweet boubou notes throughout
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours with half a finger of off-white head that fades quick. Aromas of sweet bourbon, booze, dark fruit, oak. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, light citrus and hops. Medium body with a dry and warm boozy finish.
digrod (49) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into tulip. Dark gold color with quickly dissipating white head. Smells and tastes of bourbon, toasted marshmallows, vanilla, boozy heat. Interesting brew. Maybe a bit too much bourbon influence.
BeerandBlues2 (9438) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at DuClaw Arundel Mills. Pours clear orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is moderate bourbon, oak and vanilla with cookie and toast malt, light earthy hops and dates, figs. Flavor is sweet malt, vanilla, oak and bourbon with light hops and bitterness, dark dried fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Maxís. Pours lightly hazy amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, light caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and bourbon with fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with vanilla, oak, and bourbon, dates and a sweet texture and dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and light carbonation.
Beerathon (1103) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a lot going on. Look- amber with semi-creamy head. Aroma- citrusy hops and bourbon. Flavor- sweet malts, spruce, bourbon, bitter hops, warmth for alcohol. Fun take on barley wine style. Yum.
AmericanHobo (35) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark copper with a tad bit of a head. Wonderful citrus, dried fruit aroma. Taste is big and smooth. Fruity initially fades gently. Not much hotness from the alcohol
Ed5388 (1975) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Manahawkin Spirits. Pours a cloudy brown/amber color with a small frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, oak, dark fruit, hints of bourbon, and booze. Taste is much the same. Some alcohol burn, with notes of sweet caramel, barrel, light bourbon, and sweet fruit.