vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Hulmeville Inn. Brown pour tan head, fruity nutty aroma. Light malt and sweet fruity flavor.
jtclockwork (6226) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown. Light tan head. Nose of bready malts, spice and brown sugar. Taste of lots of bready malts, light chocolate, brown sugar, Christmas spices and a good kick of initial cinnamon. Not much barrel character, which is probably a good thing for the style. Sessionable.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a very small head and a small amount of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet malts and less of vanilla, Flavor pretty much followed the aroma with the exception of the herbal hops that were present. The hops helped to round out the flavor profile otherwise it would have been all malt and vanilla. Just OK... could have used some additional time in the barrel.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Chestnut brown-reddish tone. Nice looking head. It smells prertty bad, like stale sewage. It doesnít taste better. Itís a sweet yucky mess. Cloying, sweaty sweat socks dipped in vanilla syrup, rolled in brown sugar, sprinkled with sawdust. Just not good.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color with an ok initial head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was chocolate, nuts, herbs. The flavor followed with nuts and oak at the fore. The mouthfeel is moderate in body, light in carbonation, and slightly acidic.
pete4999 (932) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a dark mahogany, somewhat clear. Tastes of caramel sweetness, some plum...very good. Very creamy mouthfeel, kinda reminiscent of chocolate pudding or something like that. I liked it....a style that you donít see enough.
Butters (3583) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled with maniac. Clearish dull amber brown pour with massive tan head that dissappears very quickly. Not really picking up the "oak aged"-ness other than as a tannic, semi-woody bite in the background. Slightly sweet with dark fruitiness and faint vanilla, but it doesnít seem to be coming from the oak? Meh.
ddemmingjr (638) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from brewery in VT: pours mahogany with a subtle off white head. Malts, wheat and grain on the nose. Herbs, grain and malts with a subtle bitterness on the finish. Interesting not special
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Medium brown pour with a light brown head. Mild sweet aroma of roast and wood. Flavor is pretty bland. A little bit of malt sweetness. There is a very mild wood character, but itís not all that pleasant. As my girlfriend put it, it tasted like "when you chew on a toothpick for a while". Couldnt have put it any better. Just very boring overall, and a bit thin and watery. Not impressive.
crajun (822) - , Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a creamy beigish head.
looks like a brown ale. Palate was smooth not thin or thick. taste was generica with light touch of caramel