Pailhead (5192) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Dominating oak nose with some slight hints of chocolate. Dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. Quick sweet chocolate presence up front with a touch of roasted coffee. Huge oak finish with some slight pine bitterness. Without a doubt the strongest oak flavored beer Iíve ever had and it was a little too much for me.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Kook. Deep dark brown body with a short head. Smooth chocolate flavour that starts to lose it a little midway, taste the american oak.
mjg74 (2568) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Tri County Produce, Snata Barbara. Pours a dark ruby color. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. A little bit of chocolate. Bitter maltiness up front. Quite of bit of coffee going on. Some sweet hoppines and a little hoppy bitterness.
kramer (5172) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via BA Dano213. Pours a clear dark brown colored body with some light passing through on the edges. Head is moderate, fizzy, light brown, and faded quickly. Aroma is a nice interplay between chocolate, light roast, and raw oak. Fairly subtle and delicate. Lighter notes of toasted marshmellow, coffee, and light chalk. Flavor wise, really well balanced between the beer and the barrell. Dry chocolate malt with some roast, moderately bitter. A decent Porter with a nice tweak. The oak mostly comes out on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, just shy of a creamy texture with soft fizzy carbonation. The above was really my intial impression. As I made my way through the bottle (by myself) the oak became overpowering and tannic, especially as the beer warmed toward room temperature. I think a 12 ounce portion of this would have scored much better.
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bomber purchased at the Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. 2006 vintage, I believe. Nice, pleasant woodsy, oaky barrel aromas with some light toasted malty aromas along with some chocolate hints as well. This is a very nice aroma and I think the oak compliments this very well. Moderately-mostly opaque dark brown color with a fair, perseverant tannish-yellow head. Light sweet chocolate flavors start out, which turn a little more roasted later on. A slight woodsy dryness is also appreciated from the barrel-aging. A tad thin, but it is a porter after all. This is very enjoyable and the barrel-aging compliments this lightly. I donít understand why this beer isnít as highly rated.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma of toffee and light bittersweet chocolate. Deep crimson black in color with a nice off-white head. Very creamy mouthfeel, velvety and nice. Flavor abounds with vanilla, roasted toffee, bitter chocalte and bit of toasted malts. Slight bitterness at the swallow. Very nice. Thanks to Tever.
Ratman197 (10308) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Firestone Walker poured a nearly opaque brownish black with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and vanilla with a smooth bittersweet finish.
shandonbrewing (1) - USA - JUL 21, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good dark beer with a nice clean finish. I like the flavor the oak barrel conditioning gives it. Overall great beer.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had a good head.Color almost black.Aroma was very aromatic of malt and nops.Has coffee taste,yeasty,bitter finish of hops.Pretty good beer,but Iíve had better.Will buy the better ones.
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Bomber Nose of toasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee with a smoly note; Almost opaque ebony with a medium tan head; Flavor is of coffee, with bitter sweet chocolate and a nice bitter hop finish. 8/4/7/3/15 6/28/2006
Draft at Mission Inn Pismo Beach. Nose of roasty coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and that light smoky note as before. Hazy dark brown with a small beige head. Flavor is dark chocolate bitterness, a little bitterness in the finish, some oatmeal cerael, and background coffee notes 8/3/8/4/16 3.9