SpringsLicker (3442) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, 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++
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 (3014) - 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 (2901) - 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
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.