aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Corked and caged. Bottle #1972. Pours a murky brown almost purple with a large 3 finger airy off white head. Aromas aren’t very strong at all but I do get a lot of booze, some plum, raisins, cherry, and caramel malts. Flavors of pretty much the same heavier on the booze, raisins, and there is some oak there as well. Palate is too fizzy and carbonated for my liking. Glad I got to try it but not happy I spent $25 on it. Ahh well, maybe the next one will be better.
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 750 ml botte, thanks Scott! Hazy orange red with off white head, aroma is dough, grass, dark berry, hints of grain, caramel, hints of grain. Taste is a mix of nice grass, grain, hints of yeast, bread, hints of grain, finishing bitter, dry.
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Thanks doodler! Pours a dark reddish appearance with a tan head. Vanilla, coconut, orange citrus, caramel aroma. Quite a bit of oak in the flavor. Lots of vanilla, grainy wood flavors. Light citrus and caramel. Not all that oxidized. Plenty of oak.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 750ml bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and red color with some brown tint. Aroma is wood-oak, spice, vanilla, boozy-bourbon. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, wood-oak, spice, vanilla. Yes almond -after reading the label. Occasional as not my taste but nice sipping. Thanks bitterbill & jwc215 for trading this.
Ethereal (2417) - 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.
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation hazy brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and funky. . The mild flavor contained notes of wood and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, 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.
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle #1980. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of raw wood, alcohol, vanilla, hint of nectarine. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, it’s not bad, but it sure leaves a lot to be desired, especially based on the remarkably inflated price ($25 right here where the brewery is). I expect new oak barrels are pretty expensive, but is the final product worth it? Not so much. Aroma can be summed up as four main things: caramel, wood (and lots of it), alcohol, and vanilla. Pretty straightforward and unexciting.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAY 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:#814. Pours a clear copper with a good size tan head. Aroma of wood,alcohol, and vanilla... smells like curry. Flavor starts nice and woody... ends in a way too sweet alcohol punch. I’m not really digging this one. The $25 price tag probably means I won’t be giving it a second chance either.
TAR (2445) - 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.