jakenunes (7) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle # 4433 Date May 2010
Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, big wood
Appearance: Unfiltered, dark amber, little head or lacing
Flavor: Complex, caramel, vanilla, amaretto, a little golden raisin, and alcohol
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, viscous
Overall: This beer is magically delicious. I wish it had a little more carbonation, otherwise...awesome!
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from Coaltrain. Bottled 5/2010. Bottle# 2980. Sampled 10/11/10). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Moderate oak aroma, with light vanilla. Flavor of the same, with light sweet malt. Avg duration. Moderate alcohol finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
Beersiveknown (2120) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Free sample @Cask pub, Pimlico
Fairly sweet, nothing spectacular. Dark brown. Little wood character.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a really carbonated dark chestnut colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is very malty and has some noticeable sherry. Very malty flavors for a Pils. The palate is medium full bodied and nicely textured.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Jeff for opening the bottle! Poured medium orange with a loose cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up warm darker fruits & apricot with dry woody character accenting.. didn’t smell too lively or welcoming, but no real flaws noted. The flavor found warm caramel, molasses, and darker fruit at the core, with tangy oak around.. prickly carbonation and dry woodiness around.. the barrel stood out toward the back, and was fairly enjoyable. Heavy-bodied with a prickly & grainy feel through the palate.. just OK feel and flow.. aiight brew.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with a ring of ivory foam. Fresh cut wood chips, evergreen mint, cinnamon, vanilla aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Sweet caramel, oak, pine sap, honey, black pepper flavors--
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour, Aaron with the hookup again. Pour is oddly dark reddish with eggshell white head, aroma has notes of lemon, bread, caramel, some oak, toffee, slight spice and earth qualities as well. Taste is some nice caramel, toffee, lemon, bready biscuit, some grass and earth, some nice sweet pils malt in there as well, with a touch of booze, some spice at the end, with a nice balanced finish. Really nice and complex.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by adneilsen - okay, so on paper, this beer should be shit - maybe that contributed to why I liked it so much - nose of crackery malts, gingerbread, cinnamon, oak - creamy texture - sweet, rich Munich maltiness punches through the strong oak, spicy alcohol and cinnamon and nutmeg flavors - these flavors add complexity, but take a back seat, leaving that malt character as the star of the show - well done.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Beautiful, red-orange appearance with a fluffy, off white head. Lemon citrusy, woody, caramel malty, a touch spicy nose. A touch spicy, lightly citrusy, caramel/toffee malt driven flavor with notes of wood and various spices. Sweet toffee, caramel, slightly bitter aftertaste. This is an Imperial Märzen, so the current imperial pils category seems a little messed up.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A smell of light tartness wafts my way after cracking the cork. A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as I work my way through this beer some spotty, spidery lacing clings to the side of my glass. The beer has a pretty red-amber color that shows clear pale cranberry and gold color in light. A full look at nose shows no tartness, but i would guess it was the oak, which certainly plays big role here. A toasted, woody oak mixes with caramelized maltiness that has lots of biscuit like malt character and pale-toasted whole grain notes. buttery oak and even oak fruit or tartness if that makes sense. As the beer warms up more of the sweetness comes out, this definitely accentuates the caramel character (it almost has a fruitiness to it even) and there is even a touch of nuttiness to the nose.
There is a viscous heft and chewy, caramel maltiness that lingers on the palate with a textured heft. finish has tart spicy oak and some astringency. up front the spicy, sharp and woody oak melds nicely with the sweet, caramel malt notes. Toasted oak melds with biscuit malt and chewy, almost savory whole grain flavors. The spiciness seems to also come from nice hop character; slightly herbal, soft touch of biting bitterness, maybe even fruit accentuating. oak does somehow contribute a very subtle tartness, adds another dimension (I am pretty sure there is not something else contributing this tartness). As the beer warms up a nice vanilla note from the oak starts to come out, this works well with the richly caramelized malt character.
A second pour has me noticing an almost smokiness to this beer in the aroma, and it is there in the flavor as well; this seems to be a product of the malt and the oak character. It can seem a touch hot in the finish at times, though it is not much if you consider how strong this beer is.
The oak character, while certainly playing a big role here, is not so omnipresent as to clash with the base beer. The mix of oak and malt is actually quite nice; the fact that the beer is quite sweet helps with this, without the oak it would be cloying, but the two achieve a certain balance. This is never going to be anything but a sipping beer though. Tasty enough, though it can seem a touch too cloying at times.