Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange brown with medium tan head. Aroma is piney with just a hint of caramel. Taste is somewhat more bitter than I expected (I guess that’s the oak), and overall I am not as happy with this as its unoaked variant. $3.50/12oz
marcus (7815) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish brown ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is flowery and pleasant. The beer is heavily hopped, resulting in a crisp pine-like taste which is altogether pleasant. The oak aging has improved upon the original recipe.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 This was awesome ,dark red, nice hops and very smooth in the finish ,gald i stocked up for holidays .This was very good and better than original.CHEERS
alexanderj (3428) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear, dark auburn. Aroma was like the regular version. Aroma of mainly hops and pine; light oak component. Not too pronounced. Oak presence throughout the taste. Made it more complex and smoother. Liked it better than the original
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. One my favorites to date, The oak seems to mellow it a tad. The color, aroma & flavor are what you would expect on this improved version of AB. Looking forward to the bottle version
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a dark red with a big white head.
Big hops and citrus aroma and flavor.
Strong but not overpowering.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right away you know you are drinking one seriously kick-ass beer. The aroma just blows you away. Much like regular AB, this beer has an intense, pungently hopped up aroma but the thing is there’s the oak that gives it some extra depth. If it’s possible to improve on AB, this did it. Pour is a deep brown/burnt orange, clear with a big off-white head and excellent lacing. The oaked character on the taste, like the aroma, give is a much deeper flavor but it just makes it taste better, not overpowering it any way. It sort of smoothes out everything, making everything taste better. Great beer.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. I enjoyed this with a roast beef dinner last night. Mmmmmmm. Poured a very deep reddish brown with a moderate light tan head that lasted through the entire glass. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral notes, bourbon, and some oak. The same components create a very nice flavor, with the hops not over-powering. Quite good!
bhensonb (12749) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of flowery hop underlaid with pine hop. Or vice versa. I detect no yeast - probably because my nasal palate is hopped! Deep mahogany red color with a white head which collapses. Starts with an impression of sweetness, very smooth, and the hops are not at all overpowering. Very good mouthfeel, and very appropriate level of carbonation. The oak is almost spicy. The finish endures with oaky malt. It’s really quite interesting. Almost like a mild version of Anchor’s Our Christmas Ale.
MattShizzle (569) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Nice strong flavor, definitely taste the oak. Dark and clear. Very rich. Enjoy slowly!