RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a tiny tan head. Roasted malt nose with maybe a hint of toffee. Dark and malty flavor, subtle chocolate and whiskey notes. Not bad, but a bit thin.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a shade of black walnut with ruby tinged edges. Very lifeless. No head. I turned the bottle completely upside down to see if I could get a rise out of this one. Zero. Roasty chocolate nose, coffee, caramel, vanilla, burnt wood, and whiffs of butterscotch candy. Flavor is cold coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder, burnt caramel, some ash and alcohol vapor. The oak barreling smoothed out the brew as it has a fairly buttery soft feel and good density, obviously more apparent on the finish as a woody character jumps to the forefront. I was expecting more however, maybe itís the name. Could be better.
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was expecting more from a beer with such a cool name. It pours a black oil color and smells of faint caramel and vanilla, but the taste is of a water down stout with a ton of alcohol on the palate. Pretty good though!
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a black with a light almost no tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with dark roast. Taste is roast, but does not hold a full creamy mouthfeel. Decent, kinda weird.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught from Sugar Maple. Dark reddish-brown with medium tan head. Sweet aroma of butterscotch and caramel. Very sweet taste of more of the same, some roasted malts along the way. A little sticky but overall I liked this one.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is good but could be great. The lack of carbonation really damages this beer. Lots of vanilla roast taste. Sweet. It looks like a flat Coke. :(
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first it had a strange doc pepper taste. sliky and smooth. not very oaky though. no head. and a kind of over powering sweetness. all and all...not bad
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was unsure what to expect from this beer, and it surprised me upon the pour for two reasons: 1) it was much darker than expected, and 2) it had almost no head. First had a few huge bubbles and then it kind of fizzed when coaxed, but disappointed by the carbonation. Nose of vanilla, oak, soy sauce, bitter chocolate. Taste added more malt and caramel to the flavors on the nose. A little cloyingly sweet at first but a lovely aftertaste, with more coffee/chocolate coming out. Would rate higher if not so sweet.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy malt presence, and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Strong vanilla undertones come through in the finish. A smooth, rich ale with a lingering pleasant flavor, The bourbon made its presence felt with a slight warming effect in the finish. It wasnít as woody as I was hoping for but still quite enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Light hints of mocha and caramel form a nice malt backdrop, with a little bit of vanilla, oak, whiskey, and some fruit, like grapes and prunes. Big and forceful, but slightly off aftertaste.