brianprentiss (677) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic, great winter brew. One of the best ASA’s I’ve had. (On tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta.)
Ratman197 (11356) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ falling Rock poured a clear dark browen with red highlights and small diminishing amber head. Aromas of oak, carmel, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of BIG oak, carmel and light vanilla with a lingering oaky finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Great Divide GABF ’06: Clear chestnut color with a medium off-white head. The aroma had huge vanilla and wood notes that lay over a Hershey chocolate bar. YUM! The flavor had a perfect mix of hops, vanilla and chocolate over woodiness. Sweet malty finish. Creamy medium body.
TheBeerGod (5592) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft samples at Great Divide. Dark brown with a ruby hue around the edges. Small tan head. Aroma is caramel, thinned chocolate, dark fruit notes, wood, and vanilla. Taste is more wood, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and light roasty malts. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Ends with more chocolate caramel, dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Thank god the friendly folks at Great Divide kept ’em coming!
hopscotch (10118) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... Mid-GABF ’06, Great Divide Open House, Denver... Dark, ruby ale with a tight, tan head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a medley of caramel, chocolate, black cherries and woodsy vanilla. Cocoa, vanilla, oak and caramel flavor with mild bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with tender carbonation. Sweet, chocolatey, earthy finish.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Great Divide. The beer pours to a nice ruby colored body with a slick tan head. The aroma seems to be lots of roasted barley, nuts, chocolate, light woody component. The flavor has a deep chocolate with dark fruits, hazelnuts, walnuts, tangy barrel aging. Pretty complex. The palate is tangy, medium bodied, and powdery.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at the brewery. deep amber with a medium off white head. The oak comes out big time in this beer. Aroma is oak and woody, lots of sweet caramel malt. Taste is oak and wood, lots of sweet malts. I liked this.
beernoevil (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. I absolutely loved this beer! I found the oak in this to be quite strong (which I like). A dark red-brown with small tan head. The oak starts to come through in the aroma. Flavor - roasty, nutty, vanilla, caramel and did I mention oak? I could drink this beer all night long sitting by a roaring fire after an afternoon of hitting the slopes...
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this with the brewmaster at the brewery. we started here, which was probably a mistake but you cant make many mistakes with these great beers. poured dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head that snapped away. nose of tanins and liquorice. bitterness on the palate with lots of bulky malt sweetness on the back end. slight alchohol sting and a feel good vanilla buzz. a bit big and bold at the time. would be nice after a bit of cellaring.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery: I have on my notes that the brewer said this was more of an old ale, but whatever. Pours a dark brown with a nice head- some lace. Aroma is lightly roasty with some chocolate and nutty hints. Low on the hops all the way through. Lots of oak and wood with some vanilla, but almost ocmes out a bit dry and harsh. Still pretty nice though.