Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Jimbo. Big, dark amber pour. Lots of wood on the nose. Flavor is oak, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Some fairly strong heat, but the overall smoothness of the beer tends to mellow things out.
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours deep hazy copper with amber hues and thin tan head. The aroma has firm notes of sweet apricots, cherries, sweet yet grainy hops and some spicy hops to go along with plenty of boozy heat at the end of the draw. The taste is so smooth with rich dark fruitiness with light amounts of muted hoppiness showing up here and there. The age on this has done it well as the rich dark fruitiness blends and mingles very well with the aged hops creating a very pleasing flavor.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with naven. Wow! Smooth and creamy. Oaky finish. Malty with vanilla hints.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs brown. Nose is nutty, wooden, sweet malts and hints of cherry. Flavor is fresh wood, sweet caramel, hints of smoke, fruits, vanilla.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BottleÖ Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, wispy, off-white head. The bouquet is all about oak and nutty caramel. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and busy carbonation. Caramel sweetness, woody earthiness and low bitterness. Crisp, lingering, toffee finish.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Bottle at TAG Restaurant, Denver 22/09/2009
Woody aroma. Amber coloured and a little hazy in appearance with some bitterness in a crisp and warming malt finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy caramel brown with orange coming through when held up to the light. There is plenty of carbonation coming out of the bottle and a huge 3-inch creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and actually leaves a hefty cap throughout. Lacing is light.
The oak is really prevalent, surprisingly so, with lots of oaky tannins and vanilla coming through. There are some raisins, molasses, and a big caramel malt sweetness as well. I canít remember a beer smelling so much like wood, clean virgin wood.
The sweetness keeps on coming in the taste, but the initial taste is sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The oak canít be held back for long though and the finish is just full of oaky tannins, vanilla and even a hint of woody spiciness.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with the wood imparting a wonderful smoothness that turns into a dry spicy feel on the palate. The carbonation is strong which keeps the full body from becoming too heavy.
Iím definitely impressed with this beer which is one of the better use of barrels Iíve tried in a while. The fresh oak really makes this one unique and all of the sweetness comes together very well without becoming cloying. Very good.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by guess who? Yeah JW77! Brown pour, tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel and some nice fruit. Flavor is full and has some great vanilla, booze and dark fruits. Good stuff!
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared at July A Tasting. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is same as aroma with oak and bourbon prominent and vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and alcohol noticeable.
dmac (3695) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the UFC 100 gathering, sorry I forgot who broght this one but Iím thninking RIch or his buddy. First let me say I love me some Old Ales, what a great style. Poured a murky brown with a great full creamy tan head. Aroma is awesome and comlex as an Old Ale should be with notes of wood, coconut, cherry, vanilla, toast and slight alcohol. Body on this one was creamy with slight alcohol warming and softer carbonation, nice. Flavor had lots of sherry notes, wood, and alcohol. This was some really nice stuff.