Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with low head. Aroma is of fruits, sweetness (almost candiesque). Taste is of oak, fruits, yeast. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Pretty good.
tom10101 (3799) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by dsgolovin, thanks! Clear amber with a medium creamy and good lacing. Aroma of malt, fruits, grains, caramel and resinous notes. Taste is moderately sweet with grain, cedar, malt, nuts, caramel fruits and resinous notes. Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Alcohol is present. I liked it.
JulienHuxley (4136) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear copper gold pour, head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is quite fruity, lots fo berries, malty, peaches, caramel, fresh grain. Taste is sweet, grainy, alcohol comes off as a fruity almost sweet flavor. Palate is a bit slick, I would have liked to see some more carbonation, but this was pretty good.
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Joe at our Florissant tasting for this one. Pours copper with a small white head that quickly turns to a ring. The aroma is very oaky and fruity. It is fairly sweet and has some apricots, floralness, vanilla and alcohol heat. It has a medium / full body with a small amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of vanilla and oak with some caramel malt, dried nectar fruits and a bit of alcohol warmth. The finish has heavier alcohol, oaky wood and more sweetness. Didn’t get to try this fresh to know how it started, but it is pretty interesting right now.
seymour (1650) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared from a big brown corked bottle into a mini schooner glass, thanks Joe. It poured a cloudy deep amber color with thin but persistent off-white head and a little lace. It looked like a double-Oktoberfest, but didn’t smell as much like one. Faint aromas and flavors of pils and caramel malts, even fainter peppery noble hops, but dominated by oxidation, vanilla and tannins of wood-aging.Very alcoholic, but not in a terribly hot/fusel way. Vyvvy pointed out the oak aspects were probably concealing what would otherwise be perceived as flaws. The bottle was two years old, probably brewed up to a year before that, and I don’t think such lengthy aging benefits a high-gravity pale-ish lager. Drinkable, not offensive, but no longer the really good beer it surely once was.
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 750 ML bottle. Pours a murky amber color with just a bit of head and very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet bourbon, cedar, vanilla and a bit of almond champagne. Taste is very similar to the nose with notes of mild bourbon, almond extract and dried fruits. This is really tasty stuff.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing oak aroma that makes you dream of fall. Bourbon flavor stands out in this one. Only negative about this one is its lack of visual clarity. Strong beer from a strong brewery!
OmegaX (1340) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was one that stole the show at the tasting. I don’t think anyone expected to see this style, let alone this style done so well. The aromas were tons of oak and vanilla with a bready, caramel malt presence and a touch of booze. Taste followed suit with some caramel, a touch of booze, and loads of vanilla. This one was great! Thanks for sharing!
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite styles, and it’s an imperial on oak!? The aroma on this was full of wet wood, caramel and vanilla. Vanilla and toffee was in the taste too, and the mellow oak body is sweet and the alcohol keeps you warm. Sip after sip reaveals some brown sugar and stale hops. Funky and delicious, I simply wish I could get more.....
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #2141, from May 2010. I was a big fan of #2 and #3, so I had to purchase this as well.
3.0 A: Murky plum brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and a very short ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: Like the past incarnations of the woodcut series, this too delivers the oak big time. Oak, oak, vanilla, oak, nuttiness, and oak. The base, though admittedly hard to find, works well with the barrel. Sweet neutral maltiness with some caramel and toastiness. Really wonderful smelling. Well done.
3.5 T: The flavors in this are intense to say the least. Again, tons of oak and vanilla. A mild nuttiness. Toasty with caramel and a hefty neutral malt sweetness. You can also taste the lager yeast, if that makes sense. I really like the way this tastes, but it’s pretty damn sweet and I scored it accordingly.
4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. This would be smoother if it was less sweet, but still good enough.
3.5 D: Not the most drinkable beer, but it certainly is a bold one. Huge oak like it’s brothers and a big Bruery sweetness to bring out the diabetes in everyone.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2012 00:06:05