wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
picked up while in Michigan for the holidays while beer hunting... pours black. i’ll agree w/ the others... looks like cola. nose is slightly acidic... lemons, but with bourbon barrel notes... faint vanilla, but nice balance of oak, chocolate and caramel. Though the listing for this says 10.5% abv.. my bottle states 9%, and has silkscreened label. despite this difference, i think the alcohol presence is noticable.. but well balanced. somewhat like a bourbon and coke... faint alcohol taste, but slightly watered down. it’s nice. this beer is slightly bitter, but the ’darker’ flavors lead me to a resemblance that i could only compare as a ’ light porter’
i’m still picking up citrus notes... perhaps it’s from the charred oak.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft Pours black like austory said like cola. Head light tan light lacing. aroma is packe wiht vanilla, oak and toffee with chocolate overtones. Palate is suprisingly thin for a 10.5% beer. But its kind of nice to have it that way. Flavors has a nice roast malt feel up front with vanilla and hints of chocolate and toffee. nice Finish as well.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cola black with a medium sized, tan head. The aroma is toffee, vanilla, and plenty of roastedness. The flavor is roasted malt with lots of vanilla. The vanilla flavor is over done and tastes fake. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - (secret santa cousin Rich) - Aroma is vanilla, oak, slightly roasted chocolate malt, and a touch of bourbon. Pours like cola with a very small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet vanilla and oak. Aftertaste is roasty and milk chocolate. Palate is syrupy and smooth. Very strong flavors that have to challenge each other for attention. Interesting and different.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark pour with good sized head lots of lacing. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, and malt. Flavor I thought was best described as a dry watered down chocolate milk. And the mouthfeel reminded me of that as well, thin with a nice finish.
drpimento (2021) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured with a creamy, frothy, foamy, light tan head that lasts with lots of lace. Great roasty, malty, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and the claimed whiskey aroma. Taste was similar but also a dairy cream taste and mouth feel along with distinct alcohol. Very pleasant finish. Just put on draft today at Bodega downtown La Crosse. They have bottles too.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts and dark fruit. Murky brown color with tan head that quickly disappears. Sweet malt flavor with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Lingering hop finish with strong vanilla presence. The more I drank this the more I enjoyed it, but I agree with Dogbrick that it doesn’t quite live up to the cool name.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of my 17 Beer Sampler at the Brew Kettle. Draught: Pours a very dark brown with slight tan head. Very roasty and malty but also with a slight hop kick in the aftertaste, kinda bitter on one side but also kinda smooth on the other, very complex beer.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla and bourbon. A little too syrupy sweet.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark walnut color with a medium beige head and nice lacing. The aroma has a light smoke character, along with sweet malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a nice oak undertone. There is a nice mixture of toasted malt, smoke, bourbon and muted hops. The finish is rather short and mildly sweet. Doesn’t quite live up to the cool name, but enjoyable all the same.