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
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.
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 doesn’t fit the style of this rich and malty brew. Tasty, but disappointing overall and drastically overpriced.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from jason at rbwg 3/5/11.
hazy orange... actually cloudy since i went back for seconds near the end of the bottle. minimal ow head.
the flavor and aroma are pack with green wood!... mixed with honey, cooked orange, herbs, flowers, caramel and vanilla. it is really rich but not too sweet. spiciness and green help out tremendously. this is perfectly melded and aging wonderfully.8/4/8/4/17++
burg326 (3210) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at RBWG, poured an amber cor with aromas of sweet malts, oak, light vanilla, and a touch of oxidation. Flavors were malts and oak with some light sigar on the back end. Thanks to whoever brought this fine beer to the tasting.
kmweaver (3206) - 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.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting RBWG.
Clear brown body with an off-white head.
Rich aroma brown sugar and dark fruits.
Sweet, very low hop bitterness.
Smooth sweet sipper.
Headbanger (2974) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle 4/18/10 Bottle #1944 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-54° in English Pint-Pours a slightly hazy brown with a huge off white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Taste of caramel, sweetness, oak, brown sugar, and dried fruits. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and is very delicious. I believe it being aged has balanced and smoothed it out very nice.
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. at a bottle share. Pours reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Holding up well.
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.