topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with reddish edges and a one finger beige head. Aroma is oak, smoke, and malt. Flavor is chocolate, sweet malt, caramel, and marshmallow.
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great black color with ruby red in the tint. Super smooth flavor thatís really strong with the vanilla and oak. I like this one. Itís like sipping a nice cognac in a way -- like what Iíd like to sit and enjoy the way you would a cognac, without the heavy alcohol taste and a great depth of oaky flavor.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with ruby hues, fully receding tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is milky, chocolate, oak and brown malts. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with lively carbonation. Tasty, but not amazing.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, also a bit fruity. A bit of hops come out in the aroma as it warms. More chocolate in the flavor. Medium to full bodied. Vanilla flavors from the oak. I really got the flavor of a good English toffee from this beer. Fairly long finish with more vanilla notes from the oak. Very easy drinking for 9%.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose is a very nice smokey vanilla.Pours very dark with a small head. Taste is good.Smokey ,roasty, dark chocolate, and the body is a bit lighter than i would have liked. Still this is a very tasty ale.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Got this recommended by the beer guy at my local liquor store; thought it would be a cream stout, based on the name, but am interested in an English Strong Ale (not sure Iíve ever had one). Pours a blackish color with red hints around the edges where the light catches it, and almost no head at all (whatever there was died very fast). Smells of lots of bourbon, some oak, roasted malt, and a fair bit of alcohol. Tastes of a lot of bourbon, but is much smoother than I was expecting, as the smell made me think I would be hit hard with it. Also tastes of a oakey wood flavor, that usually I only taste in an oak aged beer. There may be some vanilla at the end, but there isnít much of an alcohol bite, which is nice. Goes down fairly smooth, though I would still stay away if you canít stand bourbon. Good, and an interesting beer, but nothing overly spectactular.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Pours deep garnet. Minimal head, almost zero lacing. Slightly sweet, very thick, smooth on the tongue at first but then the alcohol content hits you over the head with a sledgehammer. An oakey, wood-aged sledgehammer, very reminiscent of whiskey. Ever-so-slight tones of vanilla. The flavor balance heavily favors maltiness. Couldnít drink more than one of these at a time, but definitely good every now and again.
Suede53 (39) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Tap] Dark brown, almost black in color with a faint head. Nearly opaque. Aroma was sweet and caramely with a little woody smoke accent. Taste was sweet with a lot of milky caramel. Also some vanilla (marshmellow?) and smoke with a faint bourbon-esque alcohol kick on finish. Fairly thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. One of my favorites.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized brown head. The aroma was malty, toasty and had a bit of vanilla. The flavor was sour, malty and toasty with a long toasty vanilla finish. The body was moderately thick and creamy.
Earlier Rating: 3/30/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy tan head that faded quickly. The aroma was sweet and bitter with light roasty malts and a moderate note of vanilla. The flavor was strong vanilla, roasty malts, bitter, tangy and vaguely fruity. Complex but a bit odd. The finish was roasty vanilla. The body was moderately creamy. Interesting.
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, pours dark brown, the oak is evident in the aroma, vanilla and dark fruit to follow, good mouthfeel and carbonation, smooth, small amount of caramel, finish is smooth, lingering oak, dark fruit on the palate. A very enjoyable oak aged beer.