yackery (157) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Cask. Head color of citrus zest dissolves in three minutes to a partial foamy covering with some big soapy bubbles and lastly to lovely pond scum all over an amber with haze body. Notes are hoppy and bitter citrus with lavvender soap. Taste is medium bitter. Carbonation and body are medium to light. Finish is long and bitter. Not much "oaked" about it but decent overall.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I probably won’t like this, you are wrong! Pours a dark amber with lasting off whit head, strong hop aroma , bitter up front with a slight sweet finish. Awesome
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy off white head- a really beautiful looking brew. The nose is hoppy- earthy, piny-, dried fruit- grapefruit-, oaky/wood chippy, caramel. Medium body, that is smooth and creamy, soft in the mouth, perfect carbonation. Taste is full, super hoppy on through to a creamy finish. Finish is earthy, grassy hops, kind of dry. So good... so fucking good!
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with a good frothy white head. Smells strongly of grapefruit and hops. Extremely smooth taste of hops, evident IPA style bitterness, light body, with a crisp clean finish. Slightly woody from being oaked. Absolutly amazing beer.
Sathorael (153) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on tap at Stone in Oceanside. Woodsy aromas of oak and pine. A little subtle. Taste is pine resin and citrus. Very earthy. Finish shows off the oak flavors best and leaves a lingering oaked layer in the mouth.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one sat in the cellar for 9 months before tasting. Have enjoyed the un-oaked version for a number of years and believe the oak has done nothing but improve on an old favorite from this great brewery! Poured a dark copper with decent head into a tulip. Plenty of oak and honey in the nose...reminds me of a barleywine initially. Oak is pronounced in the flavor but not overbearing by any means. I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to my brother for bringing this one over on New Years!
cafgen (152) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Deep redish color with a light tan head. Aroma is pine and hoppy. Taste is somewhat bitter and hoppy with a hint of oak or wood. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, not as "dark" as I expected. flavor or color. Sort of a burnt nutty flavor, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Lots of hops. Also does have a nice mellowness to it, a recognizabley oaked ale.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
* 12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark murky brown almost red body, 1/2 finger off white head. Smell: Mild citrus fused with intense toasted grains, caramel sweetness, subtle earth notes. Taste: Spicy, mild citrus rind, wood, toasted grains, and a hint of pineapple?, sweet oak finishes with a smoky camp fire flavor. Bitter as an old man with no beer money. Feel: Medium-light body, active, almost harsh carbonation. Overall: I hate to say this but this ale is aggressive. This is not for everyone like the brewer said. Both hops and malts come full force and with the aggressive bitterness and also detectable alcohol bite. This beer will take your palate to a bar so it can purposely beat it with a stool. I don’t have a problem slapping two bottles of this at anytime. But after two it might get a bit, tiresome. It is a liquid journey, just not down the alley I would prefer. This brew is worthy.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s like a deep, dark, red ale that finishes uber-clean. The oak’ing process definitely takes the edge off of the traditional "arrogant" taste. If you’ve ever had the Oskar Blues "Gordon Beer," I’d say they’re very similar in taste, but I think this finishes cleaner.