markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is big malt, some light brandy, some oxidation, wood, brown sugar, and light vanilla. Flavor astounds for an older BA beer, it’s still maintained a fair amount of goodness: big malt, some fruit, some oak, some vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. Medium in body and still very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 shared by JCB! Pours a mostly clear amber with a woody hint- and a nice foamy head. Aroma is very woody, but still enjoyable for the most part- intense vanilla, oak with grassy green herbal notes, leather, earth, toasted nuts, caramel and toasted malts- spritzy sharp green alcohol hints too as it warms. Flavor is caramel and buttery malts, tons of sweet oak- vanilla, toast, light char, buttery oak, dry toasted malts, more nuts, fruity esters, and a dry woody finish- and hints of tannic astringency in the back of the throat. Nice.
BuckeyeBoy (5004) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #1827 thanks to Sam. Pours out a amber/orange topped with a sand head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, sweet caramel, and brown sugar. Taste was more of the sweetness and oak. Thanks Sam
RobertDale (4987) - 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.
emacgee (4551) - 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.
FlacoAlto (4125) - 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
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shard by JCB. Thanks Jason. This beer is very woody (big surprise)! Some tannins, oak, vanilla, herbal, spicy hops. Extremely woody but not too one-dimensional, surprisingly. A little big for my tastes, though.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very oaky, woody nose on this handsome copper pour. Carbonation is thinnish, body is medium. Unadulterated wood balances out the slightly too-sharp vanilla and booze. Pleasantly deep malty profile and a playfully spicy flavor as the beer warms up a bit. Not quite as complex as you’d like from the style, but certainly an enjoyable beer.
Steve_0 (3730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Scott. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Orange peel, caramel, oak, fruity, light lemon, and grass in the aroma. Taste is rich toffee, caramel, brown sugar, bread, grassy, and tangy with a light alcoholic burn on the backed. Light body with medium carbonation. Really cool stuff and has held up well.
Headbanger (3723) - 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.