nearbeer (3588) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber. Clear, deep ruby-chestnut with an enduring quarter-inch of foam. Aroma is hickory-smoked ham, molasses and vanilla. Flavor is the same blend with some added chocolate then some light coffee, raisins and whiskey on the finish. Medium-heavy body is a nice balance of watery vs. syrupy, smoothly carbonated, and tingly-dry with light acidity and a touch of alcohol. Nice sticky-soapy cobwebs of lace. Damn good and dangerous.
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a thin, short-lived, white head.
Smell: Sweet-scented, smoked malts with an aroma of toast layered with caramel. Barrel derived hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and oak wood. There’s a hint of dark fruitiness, but it certainly does not take precedent over the other various rich scents.
Taste: Rich, richly sweet dark caramel sauce with tastes of toasted bread. The smoke character deftly drifts in and adds to the complexity without being domineering. Flavors of brown sugar and vanilla usher in a mild, subtle oakiness. Distant fruitiness. Meager hint of bitterness. Taste develops into a back-and-forth of malty sweetness and smoke. Drying, warming finish with some enduring hints of spicy oak and good, wholesome smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. There’s some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This one drinks remarkably easy and is all kinds of yummy! Recommended. Then again, I was already big fan of their doppelbock to begin with, so the addition of some barrel aging was an easy win.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of smoke, dry oak, cherries, tarte, some whiskey elements, earthy, sweet. Tastes of chocolate, smoke, oak, some fruity hints, some whickey notes and a nice dry finish. Great beer!
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in the brewery. Poured a nice amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is very smoky with a hint of vinnila. Taste is smokey with a nice malt taste. Hints of an earthy woody flavor.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My god, 10.4%? No way. There is no trace of abv heat on this. Clear brown pour with burgandy highlights and ample tan head. Sweet woody smokey nutty toasty aroma. Slight cherry notes, oak, sweet smoke, chocolate, figs, and more smoke on the finish. Medium full silky chewy body. Absolutely amazing.
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! this was a pleasant surprise. This stuff kinda reminds me of Celebrator (not a good) and that ia good stuff. This a a smooth complex beer, shame it is so hard to find, the booze is very well hidden.
SSSteve (3722) - - APR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear brownish purple under a small filmy tan head. salty meaty smoked aroma with touches of sweet sticky malts also. flavor is smoky, charred, jerky, salt up front with sweet sticky bocky malts and a perfect vanilla oak barrel finish. complex with a good smoked flavor blending with sweet vanilla. good idea with the barrel aged smoked. medium bodied.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a generally clear dark brown to red mahogany color with a one finger tan head. Aroma is really impressive with notes of caramel, smoke, vanilla, oak, toffee, honey, and hints of spice. Flavor is also very impressive with notes of bourbon, smoke, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, some hints of ripe dark fruit. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing malty finish. Very nice beer.
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a deep ruby with good carbonation and a fluffy tan head. Aroma is smoky with caramel and oak notes. Taste is rich and smoky. Starting with a bold medium body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish jumps out with a big sweet caramel and vanilla flavors then some dried fruits and a mild charred oak taste. In the after taste a mild smoke rolls in with a faint whisky taste. This brew is great its bold and sweet but nicely balanced.
Kevin (2048) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smoke comes to me while i’m still pouring it. sweet, acrid, comforting, really have to stick my nose in here to pick out the barrel notes, the smoke envelopes them well. beautiful color, light ruby in the light bloody maroon in the shade. almost no head after the first minute, but far from flat. a gentle low carbonation that lets the light fruit and surprisingly subtle smoke flavor come out. more of the whiskey is evident in the flavor. light peppery notes, hint o’ vanilla, warms up my throat, alcohol comes to the fore here. a beer that makes me smile, and that is a bit of a feat right now. i expected a thicker beer, but this is comparatively light for what it is. don’t see this as one to sit on, the lighter enjoyable notes will likely get squashed over time, but i’ll grab a few for friends that will be in town in a few months and see how it goes. sometimes the booze hits me, and it ois good, sometimes the bit sweet caramel note, that is o.k. then the smoke comes back up, and it is good again. when they work together it is sublime.lingering pepper keeps me thirsty.
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