zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark Malty brew with noticeable alcohol contend. Nice carbonation. Small light brown head. Aroma, sweet and malty. Fruity malty and sweet taste. A really delightful brew.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark, near black with some redness in the light. Not much visible carbonation, just some big soapy bubbles. Very smokey aroma. Some nuts, chocolate powder. Similar flavors of smoke, chocolate, and some bourbon. Sticky in the mouth. Definitely a unique beer, and outside of the appearance, itís wonderful stuff.
broncoman (8) - new monmouth, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
wow, wow, wow. the perfection of the dark ale. rich bold flavor of a stout, with the bitternessoftened with incredible vanilla, and enriched with oak. mixed in this complex bew are hues of coffe, and hopps. this is an awesome brew, so rich, enjoyable and easy drinking. i plan to stock this brew as much as i can get.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Town Hall. Small glass appears black with brown highlights with a small sustaining head. The aroma is malty and woody. The flavor is solid sweet malt with a yeast component, wood, vanilla, and peat to keep it balanced. The body is super smooth. This is awesome.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Map Room. Nice flavor, but overwhelmed by the alcohol. I just couldnít enjoy this beer-- I wish they could hide the alcohol a touch more to let the beer flavors come through.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great english strong. beautiful pour of dark molasses and an opaque white head. notes of vanilla and oak. kind of like a bourbon in a beer. good for an old kentucky boy. nice weight for a strong ale, plays like a well brewed cafe on the tongue. really good.
on tap @ the map room
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent. I could have used more flavor - underwhelming. The coffee, chocolate and oak notes were lost on me. Besides the thinness, a good drink.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm, this one is tasty! Pours a dark mahogany color with a small, bubbly tan head. Minimal traces of lacing noted. The nose reveals bourbon kissed chocolate and mocha, with maple covered pecans and alot of oaky vanilla. The bourbon fumes are just enough to let you know its there. The flavor follows suit, with subtle bourbon pervasive throughout the malty, chocolaty, coffee goodness. A mild, earthy hop character adds balance. The vanilla component is such that it leads me to believe new American oak was used, as the woodsy character is similar to what a bold Napa Chardonnay might employ. Medium bodied and smooth, this one drinks easy for 9% ABV and shows no alcohol burn on the way down. This reminds me of Barley Johnsí Dark Knight, though much more tame in its use of the barrel. Great brew! Iíll be seeking out more for sure.
IrishBoy (3859) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Soonah; nose of chcolate, coffee, oak, and light fruit and vanilla notes; clear dark brown with a medium beige head; flavor of nuts, light berries, chcolate ,and light hop bitterness in the finish.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is very dark brown with a little cream colored head. The nose is very enticing, lots of vanilla, butter, and oak,and quite vinous. The flavor is good, but doesnít live up nose. A fairly good strong ale.