Nickls (2023) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Finger of a khaki head on a murky mahogany body. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and slight cherry in the aroma. Lots of bourbon and vanilla notes, slight chocolate, sourish fruit finish. Medium to thicker body with soft carbonation.
dogfish120love (1048) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Danish Pour. Pours dark brown. Heavy notes of oak and vanilla accompanied by chocolate and raisin. The body is slightly thin and the carbonation is somewhat lacking.
Travlr (16923) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Looks murky dark brown, but it’s dark and murky in the bar also. Beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of vanilla, whiskey, espresso. Taste is sweet and boozy coffee and wood. A good finishing beer.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours solid black with virtually no head. Aroma of roasted malts, light coffee, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour the same, lightly boozy. More complex on the flavour than on the nose. Well rounded, full bodied. Gorgeous.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a deep brown cola color with a medium sized dense tan head. Cocoa, dusty chocolate, a touch of acid on the nose. Medium bodied, warm cocoa, chocolate, roast and toast. Very light funk. Big and warm, but a bit too big overall.
mcberko (10071) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for Big Wood, pours essentially black with virtually no head - tiny tan ring. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt and caramel. Flavour brings out shitloads of bourbon and vanilla - dominates the flavours, subduing whatever else there is. Syrupy, oily palate that lingers on and on. Most delicious slow sipper.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a cola brown with a small white head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, some breadiness, raisin, and some more alcohol. The alcohol became very prominent as this one warmed up. The taste is vanilla, bourbon, raisin, some light roasted notes, and a hint of cherry. The finish is extremely boozy and astringent. Light bodied for a beer of its size. Low carbonation. I just didn’t find this beer to be that enjoyable. It was very boozy and the flavors didn’t come together that well.
marcus (7819) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a delicious chocolate and treacle flavor with a long dry finish. This is a very dark version of strong ale.
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Beer Revolution. It pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is heavy bourbon and chocolate fudge with some hints of wood. The flavor is very hot with more bourbon, raisins and a woody/ashy finish. Kind of reminded me of Angels Share only hotter and not as rich on the palate.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with no head. Caramel oak and bourbon aroma and taste with coffee notes and candy.