durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. Beautiful label, and the poor itself wasnít so bad either. Clear deep amber/copper pour with small off-white head. Big oak nose, with lots of caramel and vanilla. Woody and a bit sour and tannic. A bit harsh, and one-note to me. I think I liked this less than most of the crew last night.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a copper ruby with a one finger offwhite head. The nose is very oaky, almost bourbon character, tannic, spicy/vanillins, warm alcohol, strong/pungent aroma. The flavor is spicy, warming, mildly bourbony, oaky, nice sharp vanillins, alcohol. Tannic spicy mouthfeel with a warming finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle # 840 Shared by JCB! Thx Jason! Muddy brown pour with a fizzy beige head and spotty lace. Big bourbon and oak aroma. Loads of vanilla tannins dark fruit and alcohol. Dry finish
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was actually a little disappointing, I had high hopes for it, and while it certainly had some lovely woodiness to it, there just wasnít enough depth to the flavor for my liking.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to joey, both times .. . great head, murky brown .. . wood and fresh cut rare tree aroma .. wow, sweet and amazing.. wood in the mouth to, but balanced! .. . one of the finest beers around!!!
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Rake, 7th March 2009. Cloudy reddish amber. Heavy palate and lots of alcohol, too much for me, plus a very oak-centric flavour.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Morgan from Great Orlando Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish chestnut color with a foamy, fizzy, beige tinted head. Sticky cobweb lacing coats the glass nicely. The aroma is dripping with vanilla, an obvious trademark of the fresh American oak. Big woody notes work nicely with rich maple and caramel malts, as well as some hazelnuts, dates, and earthy dark fruits. Flavors are again malt focused, rich vanilla and maple coating nutty, fruity elements with sweetness. Mild, earthen spices linger within, lending depth. The palate is what keeps this brew from being really good. Lighter bodied than it should be and very fizzy on the tongue, the mouthfeel just doesnít fit the style of this rich and malty brew. Tasty, but disappointing overall and drastically overpriced.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish color with a nice white head. The aroma was dark fruits, vanilla, oak and malt. The flavor was smooth, with oak, vanilla, nuts, beets, raisins and a finish with a nice dry aftertaste from the oak. Overall, an excellent beer. I think Old Ales are climbing the charts in my book.
SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # 252, bottled 8/15/08.Pours a deep reddish brown, nice and dark. Plenty of white frothy head that dissipates very slowly.The smell is very rich with somewhat of a fruity smell that is overwhelmed by a smooth vanilla odor. Thereís also a hint of oak in the aroma, however the vanilla is the most predominant odor.Tastewise, this beer is a great. Starts off rather hot (although the beer is only 3 days old according to the label) but quickly fades into a flavor of aged fruit and the vanilla flavors again. Thereís also a strong almond flavor that makes itself known. A subtle oak flavor rounds off the taste to a perfect finish. Of special note is how subtle the oak flavor is in this beer, as most oak aged beers tend to have an almost ovewhelming oaky presence. Woodcut does not, which is remarkable given the beerís nature.Mouthfeel is mostly unremarkable. It is very similar to the mouthfeel of most strong ales, being heavy and slightly gelatinous. Beyond that, itís nothing to write home about. Drinkability is relatively poor. The beer is too hot, and the flavors too abrupt to drink more than a single bottle. In fact, at a half a bottle I was satisfied. All in all, Iím rather glad that I sought out this beer (From many different stores because of the two bottle limit). Itís wildly different than anything yet from Odell, and for a "first venture" into the world of rare and complex beers, Iíd say that Doug and the crew nailed it. Itís very drinkable out of the bottle, and itís my impression (as well as theirís) that it will get even better with age. Very well worth the $25/bottle. If youíre able to get this beer, you owe it to yourself to do so., regardless of itís price. Good beer takes precedence over the value of a dollar. Eat ramen for a week if thatís what it takes. You wonít be disappointed.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle (#847) shared by FlacoAlto at a recent tasting - Pours a mahogany color with a large light tan head. Faint, short lived lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and esters. Flavor is oak, sweet esters, and alcohol. The oak dominates this beer. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Sebastian.