notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color, with clingy, off-white lace - aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, nuttiness, cookie dough - creamy mouthfeel - doughy flavor, very mild sweetness - roasty notes, with subtle brown sugar and hazelnut - the bourbon barrel adds a soft vanilla and oak quality, but doesn’t overpower like in many barrel-aged beers - well-hidden alcohol - some pretty nice stuff.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with foamy tan head. Lots of sweet vanilla in both the aroma and flavor. The oak is forward in the flavor as well, but the taste is more like green wood instead of aged. Sweet caramel with some chocolate notes also come through. Silky smooth, soft mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. This is different. Nonetheless, I thought it was drinkable.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with... Hmmm. snotiger or captaincougar perhaps? Damn me not keeping better notes. Has Dilly Deli price label. Ok nose, sweet. perfumy. Dairy, chocolate, fruity yeasty, little scotchy. Clean dark reddish brown, ok head that faded quickly, left ring and good lacing. Bitter flavor, like aroma. Little more grape to it. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Definately a great brew, now if I could only remember who I got it from...
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Delilah’s, Chicago. Faint aroma, although it is clear there is something alcoholic going on. Clear body that is very dark red. Beautiful, tan head. Excellent lace. Roasted malt flavor with a high alcohol profile and some Belgian qualities. Very nice, smooth, yummy finish. I am pleasantly surprised.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
yuck. What kind of beer is this? A shitty one maybe. Pours a deep brown caramel with a big chaotic head...the head was actually unhealthy looking. Aroma is big sweetness, caramel malts, and a hing of chocolate. Flavor is similar, huge malty sweetness, but like others have suggested...it kind of has the character of a milk stout. Altogether the flavor was pretty much repulsive. Mouthfeel was slick and a bit slimey (but that was likely biased by my overall impression of the beer). This is a perfect example that aging crap in oak gives you oak aged crap.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luscious, velvety mouthfeel helps deliver this smooth, malty sipper. Loads of oak and vanilla in both the nose and body. Soft carbonation. I swear there is lactose in this - it almost drinks like a milk stout. Lots of nut and caramel add balance throughout. No detection of the high ABV.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) Deep brown with hints of red, large tan head. Aroma is peat and malt with a hint of cabbage (? maybe an old bottle). Flavor is malt, oak, buorbon wtih a musty finish.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 starts off with a great name and doesn’t dissapoint with its taste. Great caramel flavor. A very different style of ale but very good. The 9% abv is also very surprising it is well disguised. All and all very good with many thanks to Tom @ Union Jack’s
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that quickly goes to a collar.
The aroma is oakey and vinous with a big chocolate and peat malt base and a touch of tart and sour dark fruits. As it warms, old cheese comes out.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a touch of vinous alcohol and plums. It has a smooth woody finish. As it warms, a lot of tart (almost sour) fruitiness comes out (cherries, plums). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety.
Overall, it was not as complex as I had expected. The more I drank of it, the less I liked it. The tart sourness started to become a bit overbearing. It kind of reminds me of liquid fruit cake.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Interesting. Dark brown body with very nice whiteish head. Aroma of caramel and sour milk. Flavor is similar with a caramel sweetness at the onset, followed by a surprisingly not unpleasant sour milk finish. Palate is fairly smooth. An odd beer, and not my favorite, but well worth trying.