Beese (1837) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Euston Tap, London on 2 May. Poured a clear copper colour, with a dense off-white head. Powerful aroma of red currants, citrus hops and pine trees. Strong flavours vying for attention; dry, bitter grassy hops mixed with toasted malt and caramel. Finish is full and rounded; spicy hops, toffee and dry grain. Not exactly balanced, but I donít think that was the point.
arnold931 (556) - Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Yup, itís oak. Pours dark brown. Nice head with some lacing. Nose is woody oak. Dry finish.
s_hartshorne (1444) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bier huis ossett. Ruby colour halo white head. Aroma is malty fruity piney. Taste is good malts pine red fruits some woody notes and great vanilla nice bitter finish some alcohol warmth. Medium body nice oily mouthfeel. Good stuff.
RevBFG (56) - - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Mahogany amber color with tan head. Aroma is resin with some vanilla. Taste is pine followed by some maltiness. I expected more oak.
pushkinwow (2017) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - canít believe it took me this long to rate this - wonít say much that hasnít been said but worth trying.
beeebon (183) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a cracking beer! It pours a rich dark red amber colour with a light tan head. Taking a smell I knew that there was a lot going on here, picking up herbal, vanilla, wood and toffee on the nose. Taking a sip I was instantly reminded of Innis & Gunn (itís the only thing I could compare it to!) but of a much higher quality. There is a sweetness there but there is a bitterness from the resiny hops along with a slightly herbal vanilla taste. The finish is impressive, at first pleasingly bitter and yet there is a further burst oak and everything that went before. Well balanced and very impressive indeed! Very yummy beer!
fitwitchik (331) - USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle of a mixed 12 pack of Stone brews into a pint glass a dark amber with a beige head.
Aroma is resin with some sweetness.
Flavor is first and foremost hops then the maltiness of a strong ale hits you. Some oakiness is there but not as strong as I would have thought.
Balance of flavor is there love AB but oaked...not so much.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.
Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.
Smell: Itís definitely fallen off, I feel. Thereís a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aromaís certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.
Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! Itís not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops Iím tasting here, but again, itís past its prime.
Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isnít what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted.
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 Dark brown-red with big foamy tan head. Fresh hops on the nose. Taste - resinous hops with a rich malt. Iím usually not big on Oaked beers but I think this complements AB well. The oak isnít subtle but not overpowering either. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrewFace (787) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly clear reddish brown, with tan head. Woody, oaky aroma, caramel malt, earthy hops. Very oak forward flavor followed by hop flavor and moderate bitterness.