alexanderj (3195) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; finally gave in to trying this one after always seeing it in stores. Color was a dark black/brown with not much head. Aroma of wood, earth, caramel and bourbon. Flavor was pretty similar, if not as assertive. Woody. Some sweetness and caramel. Probably better than I expected.
satchelbrewer1 (1) - Cold Spring, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, nice body, taste chocolate malt bourbon oak vanilla come through. this beer is strong but doesnít overpower you, until you have had 2. This beer is now served with my ribeye, amazing beer, amazing flavor!
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Grabbed a bottle with dinner while visiting Cold Spring, MN. Bottle poured a deep dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma was heavy on dark roasted malts with oak and bourbon present. Taste is again heavy on the roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon and a hint of oak. Something didnít sit well with me on this one, it was overly biter and the flavors were off. I missed the vanilla flavor completely due to the overpowering bitterness and alcohol bite in the finish. Not balanced well at all. So many better choices for Imperial/Strong Ales that wonít give you heartburn or regrets after drinking it.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque pitch black with a big beige head. Smoky, with lots of oak. Malt centered, very smooth and mellow for the ABV. Solid brown sugar flavor coupled with syrupy oak. No real hop character. Smooth caramel malt tones. Awesome beer, Iíd love to have it again.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Light bourbon aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Chocolate flavor with bourbon and oak. Medium body. Chocolate and coconut lingers with bourbon and rich malt.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paulís: Deep brown pour with a light tan ring of head. Rich aroma- dark malts, slightly chocolaty with some dates as well and soft oak. The bourbon is there but not overbearing, still allowing the malts to be aromatic. Slick body. Chocolaty malt flavors mesh with raisins. The chocolate presence is fairly dry and cocoa like. Mild roast. One dimensional, but cohesive and easy going for itís size.
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Dark brown/ruby color with a nice thin beige head. The oak-aged aroma hits you immediately in a very good way. That flavor rolls over your tongue on the first sip with bourbon and cocoa notes. The 9% alcohol is very evident, but doesnít overpower the sweet malt and the well balanced hop bitterness in the back. This reminded me a bit of The Beast from Avery except I could actual drink this and enjoy it instead of wincing at every sip. Drink this at cellar temperature or warmer as the subtle flavors come out as it warms up. A very unique and excellent ale! **12/10/2011** After "accidentally" aging some bottles of this for almost 2 years, I can say it holds up well, but the intensity of aromas and flavors have diminished. Itís more port-like now with some raisin characteristics (that I think were there originally, but were somewhat obscured by the other flavors). Still has the bourbon and cocoa flavors.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Nose of fusel alcohol, oak, plastic, DMS, brown sugar. Flavor starts mild, charred, papery-copper, toasty bread. Some bitter nutty flavors Ė sort of like peanut skin Ė present a bit obtrusively. Finish is bitter, alcoholic, sharp. Honestly, this oak-chip mess tastes like a bad homebrew, and cheap. I know because I homebrewed something just like it. If you are going to drink this, let it warm warm up (which brings out more caramel sweetness). Aftertaste is sharply bitter and alcoholic. Iím sorry Cold Springs, I really wanted to like this. I suppose this is trying to capitalize on the current "barrel-aged" trend?
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thinning head. Aroma is toasty nutty brown malts, some brown sugar, bourbon oak, vanilla, and DMS. Flavor is also very sweet but thinning brown sugar toast, molasses, solvent fruity esters, thinning bourbon and paper oxidation. Meh.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep red with tan head, aroma is sweet with some bourbon. Taste up front is sweet, moving into bourbon and finishing with a chocolate and sweet ending. Not a bad ale!