bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz. bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, meat juices, peat, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, scotch, vanilla, and dark chocolate with a moderately bitter finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a lasting brown head. It clings well to the glass. Nice lace. The aroma seems pretty light. I do get some fudge, or maybe German chocolate cake. There’s some oak, and peat smoke. The flavor starts out relatively light, but explodes in you mouth after the swallow. Very long finish. Outstanding!! Medium body with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being still. The finish has some heat, but the way it expands is very nice. Overall this is a pretty damn good beer that we all should enjoy.
hotstuff (4236) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 04130 and dated Sept 2007. Small tan head that mostly endured, very little lacing, opaque, no carbonation observed, and a black hue. The aroma was malt, dark fruits, rich, alcohol, some roasty notes, and chocolate syrup. The flavor was roasty, vinuous, rich, dark fruits, whiskey, mildly smokey, wood, and malty. The mouthfeel was oh so smooth along with a warming sensation. Medium-full bodied. A sipping beer for sure as this is one you don’t want to gulp down. Enjoy it for what it is which is a damn good beer!! Hats off to the brewers for this one as this is definitely worthy of a try!! Will definitely seek this one out again.
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 DFW tasting. Thanks to bullzeye. Pours dark black, minimal head. Aroma is all smoke and molassas. Flavor reflects aroma, with some peat flavor. Good smoky ale.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black color that’s opaque even when held to the light. Has a very slight carbonation and makes very little head. Leaves no lacing. Predominant aroma is like that of chocolate malts. In fact, the smell is clearly reminiscent of that of freshly deep roasted barley. Floral and raisin notes are apparent in the nose as well. Taste is woody, raisiny and hoppy. Finish is woody and hoppy. It is apparent that this is the same beer as Old Engine Oil that has spent 16 years in a wooden barrel. The taste of wood is the component of this beer’s taste that’s not present in the Old Engine Oil. Whodda thunk that aging an ale in a whiskey barrel would have this result. It’s quite good!
badgerben (4493) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
OSLO and Guerde’s Memorial Weekend Tasting, 5/23/08. Black color with very little head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and light peat. Definitely a peaty flavor to it. A little sea salt. Dry malt and roasted barley. A little astringent. The base beer seems different in this one as opposed to the 12.
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DFW tasting 2008. Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing! Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is meat, molasses, and smokiness. The taste is chocolate, coffee adn roastiness. I really liked this one! Interesing good! Cheers
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
DFW tasting 2008. bottle #6819/sept2007 thanks to bullzeye. black pour with no head at all. lots of bourbon and wood on the nose. nice scotch aftertaste and a really nice mouthfeel. i’d love to have another bottle of this stuff.
Stine (1624) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky chocolate brown with a mahogany glow. Meaty aroma with hints of hazelnuts, oak, and whiskey. Winks of tropical fruit tend to simmer in this thick red meat and coffee ground maltiness. Thin flavor of beef, smoke, chocolate soda, bitter wood, and soil. Dirty malt profile lacking the silky touch anticipated from the barrel. Bit of alcohol and zesty bright fruit touch. Light sentiment in a restrained mouthfeel. Soft whiskey and smoky wood finish; plenty of rustic malt and dank earthiness. Straddling the gap between subtle and forgettable, comfortably. Thanks Ben!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a thin lid of tan bubbles. Darker malts and dark chocolate syrup backed by whisky. Whisky has some notes of dark cherries, oak and hint of iodine. Nice light pale malt sweet start which develops to a rich toasted malt, oak and mild peat middle. Light alcohol in the finish. Some black malt bitterness seems to kick in and out. Fairly light in feel, but there is enough depth in flavor to carry things through. Long woody linger. A balanced and thoughtful brew.