RobertDale (2835) - 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.
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
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - 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!
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.
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.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. Beautiful label, and the poor itself wasn’t so bad either. Clear deep amber/copper pour with small off-white head. Big oak nose, with lots of caramel and vanilla. Woody and a bit sour and tannic. A bit harsh, and one-note to me. I think I liked this less than most of the crew last night.
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - 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
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.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Rake, 7th March 2009. Cloudy reddish amber. Heavy palate and lots of alcohol, too much for me, plus a very oak-centric flavour.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 11/15/08. 750ml cork and cage bottle. #477. Hazy and brown hued. Layer of khaki head. Woody aromas with nutty and vanilla undertones. Touch caramel and Kahlua. Full bodied with a bright effervescence. Caramel malts. Big pronounced alcohol note. Nice mix of tart and sour berries and cinnamon cookies. Huge effervescence with a citrus lemon note. Sticky cloying finish and slightly astringent. Toasty woody note. Lotta fruit, both fresh and dried. Sweet and bitter duality. There’s a lot of potential in this one.