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.
SpringsLicker (3253) - 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.
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++
kmweaver (3207) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one pours a murky crimson/chestnut color with a small eggshell head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, citrus, oak, and dark fruit. Flavor has notes of wood, vanilla, honey, buttermilk biscuit, plum, raisin, and bourbon. Just a touch of alcohol still noticeable. Holding up nicely!
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.
Hophead22 (2879) - 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.
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
Bockyhorsey (2610) - 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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Musty Nose & woody, maybe even a slight sweet hint as well...even a touch of strawberry...and the nose grows fruitier and frutier. Beer pours amber/brown with a full sheet of head atop. Thick mouthfeel. Bitterness nice and strong. I sense some licorice notes here as well amongst the other musty, plasticy stuff going on.