Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle #1016. Very dark brown pour. Woody, malty, dark fruit aroma, it’s got alot going on in there. Slightly acidic initially, and a little sweet, then smooths out into something very, very good. Nice and warming, and very good.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 11/15/08. 750ml cork and cage bottle. #477. Hazy and brown hued. Layer of khaki head. Woody aromas with nutty and vanilla undertones. Touch caramel and Kahlua. Full bodied with a bright effervescence. Caramel malts. Big pronounced alcohol note. Nice mix of tart and sour berries and cinnamon cookies. Huge effervescence with a citrus lemon note. Sticky cloying finish and slightly astringent. Toasty woody note. Lotta fruit, both fresh and dried. Sweet and bitter duality. There’s a lot of potential in this one.
jcwattsrugger (10938) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 750ml bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and red color with some brown tint. Aroma is wood-oak, spice, vanilla, boozy-bourbon. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, wood-oak, spice, vanilla. Yes almond -after reading the label. Occasional as not my taste but nice sipping. Thanks bitterbill & jwc215 for trading this.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy, dark caramelly brown with a huge off white head, good lace. Smells sweet of caramel and vanilla with a good bit of wood character and some alcohol. Tastes sweet and caramelly malty with lots of sweet wood. Quite a bit of fruit as well, dark and ripe sweet. Very malty. Full body, over carbonated in general which ends up being pretty distracting from the beer in general.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy tawny with a large, frothy, light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -cookie, caramel, toffee-, average hops -flowers, perfume-, average yeast -dough, leaves- with notes of alcohol, dates, apples, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, sticky and alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
dirtcampbrew (4) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good malty nose. Residual sweetness not too cloying. Fair to good head.Flavor is well done with being aged in oak bourbon barrels. Could stand for a bit more hop flavor and aroma blending with the oak/bourbon flavor and aroma. Overall I like this beer. Major drawback...costly.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a rich sour scent with a bold fresh wood note on the end and a hint of vanilla. Color is solid hazy brown with a tall loose head coming off of very active carbonation. Taste is rich and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down smooth with a bit of a foam like fell. Finish has a bright sour oak taste that carries vanilla, a faint dried fruit taste and a touch of caramel. After taste is a little dry as the sour turns a little more bitter leaving you with a toasted coconut taste lingering for just a bit. This is not a style I am real fond of but this is an amazing well rounded and complex brew. Also at 10.6% ABV. one bottle leaves you feeling good making it almost worth the $25 price tag.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Corked and caged. Bottle #1972. Pours a murky brown almost purple with a large 3 finger airy off white head. Aromas aren’t very strong at all but I do get a lot of booze, some plum, raisins, cherry, and caramel malts. Flavors of pretty much the same heavier on the booze, raisins, and there is some oak there as well. Palate is too fizzy and carbonated for my liking. Glad I got to try it but not happy I spent $25 on it. Ahh well, maybe the next one will be better.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - number 44 dated 8/15/08. Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge fizzy big bubbled off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a little subdued - sweet caramel and molasses, some fruit (apples and raisin), wood, and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a little fruitiness with some grassy hops and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation that mellows as it sits.
Overall, an interesting outing from Odell. It’s a bit pricey ($25) and a bit one dimensional with sweet caramel and wood.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple, and oak. Flavor of caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins, and brown sugar.