Thewade (340) - USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer...... smoothe and well balanced with definite vanilla notes.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Nose is a smokey wood, spice, vanilla and dark roast coffee. As it warms the whiskey starts to show. Taste is a bit confusing. Initially the smokey oak with some vanilla sweetness and some dark roasted malts. I donít really get too much whiskey but more caramel, chocolate and some coffee. And really not much vanilla. It definitely gets better as it really warms. This, like the Old Stock ale, has a dense foam all the way through to the end, which seems to make it creamy.This brewery is pretty good, this is the second I have tried, gonna have to trade for some more.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with quickly dissipating tan head. Musty dark fruit nose reminiscent of many European stouts. Smokey, musty, dank. Taste is surprisingly bright as musty notes take a back seat. Some sour/acidity up front with lingering smoke. This gets more and more weird as it opens up. Dark notes almost totally replaced with sour fruit. Never got any vanilla...Quirky and clumsy from beginning to end. Not sure Iíll finish it.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle from stevemastny- thanks again, Steve! Pours a dark, deep, mostly opaque coffee brown with a small tan head that leaves a lasting ring. Smokiness emerges from the aroma immediately, with notes of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and whiskey- pretty much what it advertises but something was just a wee bit off; maybe too much fruit? Is infection starting to set in? The flavor confirms that yes, something is off. There is a ton of tart fruit in complete opposition to a really nice woody, smoky note; some cocoa and bacon. So unfortunate. Itís not terrible and totally undrinkable, but it is in no way what was intended. Half of the flavor is fantastic but is torpedoed by the rest. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smoky, tart mouthfeel. Both linger, too, so itís insane on the palate. Damn.
fluffy (1957) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
oh, god this was awful. i usually love rauchbiers (like Z Lager, or the german ones i cant pronounce), but this was just heinous. a weird sweet/smoky flavor that was awfully unbalanced. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, as i would give this another chance. but this was a drain pour after one sip.
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, pours brownish black color, tan head medium carbonation, smells of smoke chocolate and vanilla, taste of smoke, bourbon, then vanilla shows up at end. As beer warms kinda get a strange barrel taste. Just ok
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head and aromas of grain silo and peat with a little vanilla. Flavor is discombobulated, to say the least. There is a tart edge to it at times, a bit of dustiness and vanilla and a fairly sweet brown sugar and maple syrup finish. Itís not awful, but not a beer I will ever try again.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. Pours dark w/ tan head. Nose is ehh, funk. Taste is syrupy vanilla, and ashtray. Cheap shit. Not for me.
mikem409 (1857) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a dark brown with minimal tan head. was not a big smoke aroma but there was in flavor. could use more vanilla
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from secret santa. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, roast, wood, and bit of vanilla. Flavors of chocolate, roast, bit of smoke, but not picking up a ton of vanilla. Body is a little thin, but handled the smokey flavors ok. Would have been better if a little bigger.