nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours dark brown in color with slight reddish hues and a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, roast, oak, and bourbon. Decent. The flavor is sweet caramel malt, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Par for the course more or less. Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation and an average mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty generic for a -bal aged beer. Didn’t really impress or unimpress me, it just was.
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some black cherry sort of highlights when held up to the light. Very little head formation, just a thin ring of tan bubbles.
S: The nose starts off with some sweet vanilla notes followed by a definite dark fruit aroma. Strong notes of prune, plum, and raisin along with a moderate booziness.
T: The flavor is sort of flat and not as intense as I would have expected from the nose. Some tannic oak character on the back end along with a sweet malt base and caramel coming closer to the front.
M: The body is medium with a low but smooth carbonation.
D: The nose and mouthfeel are nice, but the flavor falls way short. Even after letting this one warm up a fair amount, it was still pretty plain and woody.
MaBeer1972 (1284) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wasn’t sure what type of beer this was when I picked up a single bottle at Julios. It sounded interesting with the oak. It’s an imperial stout-like brew with low head and carbonation. Aroma is sweet and smoky, and a bit woody. Mouthfeel is heavy, but this one goes down rather smoothly. Flavor is dark and roasty with good sweetness, but balanced, especially by the herbal oaky and vanilla notes. Not bad at all.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is wood, bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Oddly has a bit of a raspberry taste, which I’m sure is a mixture of vanilla, oak, and vourbon that forms some weird concoction.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing bro! Pours a deep brown color with thick, frothy, light brown head. Aroma is of rich chocolate, dusty old malt, light wood notes, rich caramel and toffee mix with a light hop nose. Taste is much the same with component of an imperial stout and barleywine intertwined which makes for an interesting, and tasting beer. Solid.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well. The ’script boasts IS, yet RB defines it as an ASA. I would personally consider it the latter. [A] Chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, and whiskey aromas. Appropriate. [A] A chocolate brown to very bright light, but otherwise opaque. Tannish head, that fades. [F] Hints of smoke and licorice upfront. Mid-bodied chocolate, caramel. Finishes with a hint of vanilla, oak, spirit and milk chocolate. Tastes of a foreign stout/ dark fruitiness begin to show through the oak complexities. [P] Light bodied for a "stout". I have to say drinkability for an ale of this profile and ABV is phenomenal. [O] For +9%, I would never guess it. Does teeter between an ASA and stout. But the mouth and body, again, would have me choose ASA. Doesn’t matter what it is, I enjoyed it, highly recommend it, and would gladly grab a 6-er/
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, and fruit backed up by roasted malt and coffee. A bit of bourbon on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light for a beer with over 9%, won’t fill you up too badly. Taste is mostly sweet, but some bitterness comes in to rescue the balance. Pretty decent strong ale; I recommend trying it. Good price for what you get (at least here in Michigan).
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Rating #62. Very dark, almost black, but with a small bit of dark red around the outside of the glass. Very small head, almost not even there, just a thin ring. Dark fruit, light roast and a bit boozy, the bourbon is there. Thin body, more light roast and some bourbon,light sweetness, not great, but not horrible either. (1378)
milewide (1497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, but pleasant bourbon flavor. Modest aroma, head and body. Alcohol well hidden.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This pours a nearly black body, mahogany around the edges, with a small tan head that soon reduces to a film. The aroma has dark caramel, Bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor is very sweet, stronger than the aroma lead me to expect, and has an added woody bitterness. The finish is sticky sweet with a jab of alcohol at the back of the throat. Not a bad attempt at something, considering this brewery’s track record.