GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy caramel brown with orange coming through when held up to the light. There is plenty of carbonation coming out of the bottle and a huge 3-inch creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and actually leaves a hefty cap throughout. Lacing is light.
The oak is really prevalent, surprisingly so, with lots of oaky tannins and vanilla coming through. There are some raisins, molasses, and a big caramel malt sweetness as well. I canít remember a beer smelling so much like wood, clean virgin wood.
The sweetness keeps on coming in the taste, but the initial taste is sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The oak canít be held back for long though and the finish is just full of oaky tannins, vanilla and even a hint of woody spiciness.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with the wood imparting a wonderful smoothness that turns into a dry spicy feel on the palate. The carbonation is strong which keeps the full body from becoming too heavy.
Iím definitely impressed with this beer which is one of the better use of barrels Iíve tried in a while. The fresh oak really makes this one unique and all of the sweetness comes together very well without becoming cloying. Very good.
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a rich sour scent with a bold fresh wood note on the end and a hint of vanilla. Color is solid hazy brown with a tall loose head coming off of very active carbonation. Taste is rich and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down smooth with a bit of a foam like fell. Finish has a bright sour oak taste that carries vanilla, a faint dried fruit taste and a touch of caramel. After taste is a little dry as the sour turns a little more bitter leaving you with a toasted coconut taste lingering for just a bit. This is not a style I am real fond of but this is an amazing well rounded and complex brew. Also at 10.6% ABV. one bottle leaves you feeling good making it almost worth the $25 price tag.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown rusted colored beer with a fully lasting, creamy head of foam. Nose of new oak, vanilla and just the slightest notion of hazelnut and caramel, but it is so light, it’s hardly worth mentioning. I wish those notes were more vibrant, as it would make the nose so much better. Also, because of the use of new oak, it does have some contaminated aromas. I am not saying it is contaminated, but because of the use of new oak, the scents of wildness and funk are easy to notice. Flavor mainly consists of new oak, vanilla and a slight hint of golden raisin and caramel. Disappointed in the lack of complexity, poor finesse and fairly muted flavors. Also, while I love that it is naturally carbonated, the beer is obviously over-carbonated and it shows in the overly bubbly mouth feel. Overall, it’s an okay beer, not something I plan on personally collecting.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. $25 bottle from Coltrain! Amber color. Big huge head that doesn’t fade. Large cork pop when opened. Dryish with a hint of alcohol.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours an amber to copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of oak, grain, caramel, chocolate, yeast, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted coconut, hints of toffee. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, light floral esters, oak, vanilla and hints of smoke. Medium body with a smooth malt finish.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand signed and numbered bottle. Shared in a tasting with my crew. A farly dark pour with a 1/4 inch head. Beautiful sweet and sour armoa. Brown sugar and red wine in the nose. Flavors of sour grapes, oak, and sugar. Perfect viscosity, and overall one of the best beers I have ever had. I really hope Odell makes this one more time.
Rustyham (1779) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great strong sweet Arome of prunes, raisins and caramel. Flavor is much lighter, fizzy, pale flavor. Mouthfeel is light and mellow.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs brown. Nose is nutty, wooden, sweet malts and hints of cherry. Flavor is fresh wood, sweet caramel, hints of smoke, fruits, vanilla.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours hazy tawny, thin tan head, ropey lacing. Nose is smoked honey, butterscotch, spicy fruit, cognac, apple butter. Flavours of brandy, apple butter, oak. Very tasty brew.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Boltz at RBWG. I have a numerical rating, but my notes are un-readable so Iím borrowing a bit with this one.
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!