ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Jackie O’s. Dark Pour with a thin patch of beige head. Aroma is a mix of all the treatments added to the mix of the normal Oil. Unbelievable really. Mints, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, pistachio. Very nice treatment that adds a new level of complexity
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at the August 27th bottle release. 4 oz pour from a tasting snifter. Since all of the variants of Oil were quite similar to the regular, I’m using my review of the regular as a base and supplementing when necessary.
4.5 A: Black. Came with no head on this one.
5.0 S: Rich, sweet malty base. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Moderate roastiness, toasty, with touches of coffee and molasses. The nuttiness from the walnuts makes this a special, truly unique beer. The candi sugar adds a final layer of complexity. The variants add, in decreasing order: coffee, vanilla, chocolate, mint, and cherry. I must say that this combination (even with the mint) makes this one of the most complex and enticing noses around.
5.0 T: Full flavored chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a general neutral maltiness. A touch of coffee with a moderate roast. Again, the walnuts add a toasty nuttiness that I cannot get enough of. The mint does nothing but distract and adds nothing of value. Fortunately, it doesn’t do too much damage. Coffee addition makes this beer a great coffee beer, but surprisingly it isn’t much better than the original. Same adjunct flavors as in the nose. The base is quite complex in itself, but now it is seemingly infinitely complex with all flavors working in harmony.
4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good creaminess and super smooth. A bit creamier than the regular.
5.0 D: Love the Oil. Love it on-tap. Love the variants and this is my favorite. Next time I’m drinking a lot more of this if available.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-09-2011 21:27:04
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample and full pour at the bottle sale on 8/27/11. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of mint, chocolate, vanilla and nuts. Flavor of mint chocolate chip ice cream with vanilla, slight cherry and nuts. Amazing beer and probably my favorite this weekend.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Pours black with a minimal beige head that disappears quickly. Spots of lacing on the glass. Nutty, minty aroma with malt in the background. Full-bodied with a flavor not unlike its namesake. Spumoni has never been an ice cream I enjoyed but the concoction of pistachio, cherries and mint is pretty dead on. The finish remains nutty and fruity. Enjoyable beer all around.