TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 This one was a little bitter. Not sure if it was maybe going a little sour. Can taste the oak in it. The only thing that really had the "stout" feel to it was the burnt toast coming through. Dark brown in appearance. 6-4-6-3-14
Re-rate from a bomber thanks to LoganDenver. Pours a darker brown with some amber when held to light. A smaller tan lacing head. Aroma of sweet vanilla and a woody oak. Flavor of the same with a slight roastiness.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Many thanks to Eyedrinkale for this treat. Pours dark brown and opaque with slight reddish highlights and a rich tan head.. Aroma is very sweet, milky, dark dried fruits, perfume and woody notes from the oak aging. Flavor is also sweet, almost like prune and raisin juice with bourbon and vanilla, finishing with a light alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full and round with a very gentle carbonation. Very nice!
Suttree (4905) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, or at least very, very dark brown. sloppy tan head. chocolate ice cream aroma. Initial flavors are winey, dryish, with big notes of cherry. Enjoyable "burnt toast" flavors throughout. Note of molasses pop up, as well. Very tasty - Thnaks to Springslicker for sharing this one!
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sprinkle for sending this enjoyable brew!
This dark garnet colored brew forms an average sized light tan head.
This really opens up nicely as it warms, molasses, coffee, and a sweet smokiness all join in to form the complex aroma.
Molasses in the flavor along with dried fruits and the characteristics of the barrel aging.
Good big beer which hides it’s alcohol well.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark slightly reddish- brown. Thin tan head that dissapeared quickly. Malty sweet espresso/chocolate scent. A bit of antiseptic in the scent. When we opened it I thought it smelled like dirty socks but I had just taken off my shoes so it was probably me. Very complex and delicious taste. Light to medium bodied. malty taste. Very mellow palate. Bright finish but little aftertaste. Very good but not outstanding
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark color w/ a thin tan head and some carb bubbles laces pretty well. a roasted malty nose w/ hints of floral in it. Palate is pretty middle of the road. Flavor finishes w/ a nice warm alcohol warmth. A woody cask aged whiskey like malty flavor w/ an odd bitter hops. Pretty solid beer. Thanks to Blake for bringing this.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
really dark brown, nice head. i detected virtually no aroma, and a very mild, sweet taste, hardly medicinal at all considering its abv. i didn’t find much here.
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 This stuff kind of seems like it’s trying to hard. It is a big caramel laden brew w/ lots of vanilla from the barrel aging. There are some good flavors here but also a few off-notes and it winds up being a bit too sweet and candy-like to really hold up. If this was dryer, w/ a creamier texture and less metallic off-notes, it’d be a good beer.
(Original rating 5/2005, 3.3) Interesting stuff. Really nice, dark brown with a white head and splotches of lace. Floral malty nose. Rather sweet, some dark fruit and, again, lots of floral notes. Slighlty tart, it actually tastes a bit aged. I like it but the sweetness cloys a little.
cottonbrown (6) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of oak and fruit. full bodied with the flavors of dried cherries, oak and whiskey. Alcohol was hidden pretty well considering how high the content is.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby brown with a beige head that left lace along the edge of the glass. Aroma is a blend of coffee, rich toasted malt and oak. Flavor is similar, sweet, oaky, slightly tart, with a whiskey finish as it warms. The body is okay, not as big as I would have expected. Overall, this was a nice experience, but I found myself slightly disappointed (New Holland makes some of the best beers in the Midwest).