Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark red-brown with a creamy tan head.
Roasty, smoky caramel aroma.
Woody,toast, caramel flavor.
Nice, easy, wooden tones with a touch of alcohol...subtle....
Very mellow, overall.
mikedR (868) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was quite good. Nice imperial red notes -- spicy/hoppy, but not over the top at all. Woody/smokiness from the barrel aging was just a hint, and contributed nicely to the flavor. Well done. Drinkable.
warhawk91 (205) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is deep amber with a khaki head that fades pretty quick. Smell is very malty and sweet with notes of fruit, caramel and a touch of oak. Faint hops on the nose. Taste is caramel, spice, a touch of earthy hops, faint oak and sweetness. Nothing overpowering flavor-wise in this beer which makes it very drinkable for 8%.
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Nsanders (393) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Translucent red brown with lots of fine bubbles and a medium tan head. Strong caramel maltiness, resinous hop with a little bit of a fruity note. The taste is mostly sweet with only a light bitter finish. The body is medium with a very bubbly feel. The oak was hard to detect.
islay (854) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Musty, smoky aroma features grape, cookie, plum, wild rice, and cinnamon scents (quite the combination). Pours a clear, interesting, reddish color with a small amount of taupe head. Produces good lacing. Sweet, smoky, barley-wine-esque taste features toffee, caramel, butter, cookie, and blonde brownie flavors. Dry finish. Medium body. Smooth and oily in the palate. Reasonably enjoyable but certainly not a "Wow!" beer.
tfratzke (43) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel sweetness throughout. Some oakiness. Light fruitiness. Nice balance of bitterness. Very different and more sweet than anything else.
redbeard3 (36) - - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had last years edition of this beer and my memory is that it was absolutely terrible, but this years edition toned down the oak a bit and now it serves as a nice caramelly winter warmer. Almost some scotch ale notes happening here.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve never heard of this brewery and their labels are really something but I really enjoyed this beer. Ruby colour, short white head. Aroma is strong of oak and malt. Heavily flavoured of oak, with lots of caramel... And that’s basically it but it’s nicely pulled off.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Caramel notes in the nose. Beautiful dark red. Sweet flavor with hints of honey. Oak in the finish which really makes this beer. Initially doesn’t taste like its 8.5%abv. More strength evident as it warms. Caramel.
bookman10 (573) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a watery, darkish-red brown. Small head quickly fades. Fruity, almost chemical aroma. Flavor is a very strong woody taste, with some malt and hops. Count me among those who think there’s too much wood in this one--almost overpowering.