FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Number 847, 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, Sampled September 2008
This pours with a full tan colored head. The beer has a dark red to full amber color to it when held up to the light, but shows a dark brown hue as it sits on the table. This is definitely has a very oak influenced aroma to it; notes of vanillin are noticeable, but spicy oak aromatics are even more noticeable. Aromas of Butterscotch also come in to play, but the base beer is just barely noticeable underneath all of the oak influence; perhaps a touch of caramel notes mix with the more noticeable vanillin and butterscotch aromatics, but that is about it.
This is sweet and fruity tasting up front, and the oak-vanillin character kicks in towards the finish. There is a lot of caramel character here in the flavor though and it really mixes in with the oak flavors. This has a very fizzy texture from the carbonation and the body is only medium-light for a beer of this strength; this is still a sipping beer though. There is a lot of spicy oak character in both the aroma and flavor; in the flavor this combines with the alcohol to be aggressively hot at times. As the beer loses its carbonation it begins to soften up a fair amount.
’This is an interesting beer, perhaps a touch too oak dominated (especially in the aroma) to be great, but when allowed to warm it really helps to tame the harsher / alcohol-enhancing oak character. I would definitely have loved for the base beer to have come through more here, but not bad and fairly tasty over all.
Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Tucson Gathering courtesy of Flaco Alto. Had a wet sawdust aroma Peanut gallery came up with mahogany colored body with beige head. Flavor of oak wooden barrels with some sweet fruits in the mix. Did have an alcohol burn on the palate. Thanks Sebastian.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruddy rufous. Unattractive soapy dirty-white head. Simplistic creamy vanilla-tinged oak and plasticlike aroma. Slightly nutty with a touch of coconut, cherry, and plum. Fuzzy carbonation pricks the palate. Initially scratchy with a peppery surge of alcohol warmth. Brisk, overly dry maltiness fails to cushion the overbearing oak. Despite the presence of a fairly savory blend of red licorice and peppered plums, the fruitiness is flabby and not overly polished. Poorly attenuated with a faint cola sweetness which compounds the sugary qualities. Only redeeming aspects are the caramel accents of malt which complement the nutty oak. Limp finish reveals red licorice and flimsier notes of overripe plums and meaty molasses as a trail of cotton candy lingers. While not offensive, it’s far from pleasant. Something is clearly amiss with the bottle conditioning (ugly head, terriby fuzzy and prickly mouthfeel, phenolic overload), and the oak is rampant and completely out of synch. Also quite alcoholic and underattenuated. Too bad.
rallison (116) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #1273 - picked up from the tap room itself...well after they sold out. Apparently they were able to find an extra one hiding in the back. Score.
Brown sugar and vinous dark fruits in the taste. Relatively woody with a slightly harsh finish from the wood. Over carbonated at first - swirl it around some. Good malt character overall. Not a bad first barrel aged offering from Odell.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, long-lasting head that is thick, rich, and frothy. Amber/mahogany in color. Sweet, fruity aroma.
highibus (697) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great aroma of wood and malt. flavor is nice malty and sweet. finish is wood and alcohol. real nice.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, #917, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a slightly hazy, burgundy-wooden color; off-white head with patchy mixed-bubbled lacing. Solid levels of sour-mash bourbon, maple syrup, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma; decent soft barrel character with a touch of green apple. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of sweet brown sugar, soft sour-mash barrel notes, and oily dried dark fruits upfront; the carbonation is a touch fizzy, and the body could be firmer, but a reasonably enjoyable, if a touch messy, barrel-aged creation. Lengthy finish: sweet, vanilla-tinged, chewy barrel notes linger, along with brown sugar and dried dark fruits; still sweet at the far end of things.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
High carbonation, huge growing tan head, cola-sized bubbles. Nose is mellow bourbon, maple, dry wood, sweet pipe tobacco, somewhat muddled by a minerally yeast, acidic and sharp up the nostrils. Body is somewhat flabby and disorganized up front, carbonation is overdone and uneven, with the mineral-heavy yeast. The bourbon and wood is mellow and just a bit fruity - some sort of dried, bourbon-glazed apples or pears. Nice flavor and decent warming, but muddled by the sharp, slightly acidic and minerally yeast. Lingering vanilla syrup flavor overtakes the olfactory senses, I can’t get rid of it. Lingering vanilla syrup flavor overtakes the olfactory senses, I end up huffing it for a few minutes after I’m finished. Can’t get rid of it.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. $25 bottle from Coltrain! Amber color. Big huge head that doesn’t fade. Large cork pop when opened. Dryish with a hint of alcohol.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st new rating, of Toncatcher’s tasting 9/20/08 in Santee with a mess of cool Sd Ratebeerians, bottle from Wetherel in his recent trip to Colorado. Pours cloudy brown, like a melted caramel with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and oaky. Taste was sweet with noes of caramel and overall tasty.