optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours darkest brown. Light brown finger of head. Light oak and Bourbon, slight chocolate and a massive vanilla note. Meaty smokiness shows when warmer. Vanilla bursts out on the taste, definitely like vanilla beans. Some chocolate and subtle oak and Bourbon notes. Smoke us present and adds a nice element. Medium bodied, clean finish. Good brew. My favorite Brick Mason brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown with a small tan head that recedes slowly to a thick collar.
Aroma is interesting and heavy on smoked malts with some hints of vanilla. There are some roasty malts and a little bakers chocolate underneath.
The taste is excellent and has a few interesting things going on. The smoked malts are still there but the vanilla is a little more prominent as is the chocolate and malts in the backbone.
Smooth feel with good carbonation.
Iím a big, big fan of this beer and Iím pretty excited about what ABC has been putting out lately. Get some now.
Westmeister (1979) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with 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 muddled. Initially the smokey oak with some vanilla sweetness and some dark roasted malts. The oak barrel does come out pretty big like when you cook on wood planks. I donít really get too much wiskey but more caramel, chocolate and some coffee. It definitely gets better as it really warms. This is certainly a different beer but not in the great category
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of drowland. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, some cognac, spicy. Tastes oaky and dry with some caramel and molasses on the finish.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Ok, letís see if I can wrap my head around this beer. Itís a porter...smoked...whiskey barrel aged...with vanilla. If that sounds like a mess, itís because it sort of is. The beer pours dark brown, but translucent, with just the smallest bit of tan head bubbling up. The aroma has big vanilla, whiskey, oak, cocoa, and smoke. The flavor also has a lot to it. I wonít say itís great, but it does have a lot going on. Semi-sweet with chocolate and roasty notes, caramel, smoke, vanilla, whiskey, and oak barrel. The body is actually a little thin, and carbonation is on the lower end but still present. Interesting beer. Fine at first, but the lack of balance got to me after a few ounces. Wouldnít go back to this one.
Ratman197 (10650) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, burnt carmel and a hint of bourbon. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, light smoke and a hint of bourbon with a smooth lingering vanilla finish.
brewkkake (3) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of different flavors and aromas give it a very interesting complexity thatís remarkably well-balanced, with the smokiness and vanilla playing off each other nicely. Coffee spiked with whiskey, vanilla, toffee and even notes of chocolate-covered cherries.
aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very easy drinking. All of the extra elements - smoke, whisky barrel, vanilla - are notes. Nothing overpowers anything else. Chocolatey malt goes well with additions. Finish is a little weird, but not bad. Good beer.
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark pour with thin creamy head. Nice lacing. The initial taste is delicious, although I will say that the aftertaste leaves a little to be desired. The whiskey flavor comes through, but not as strongly as other reviews suggest in my opinion. I didnt taste vanilla at all. I thought perhaps that would come in with the aftertaste, but no. A good session beer. I recommend a try!
NachlamSie (2900) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 pack from Ale Yeah! This needs more smoke. The smoke character is barely noticeable. Perhaps some far off campfire is buried beneath the very sweet vanilla bean aroma and flavor. Though this beer is too sweet to have more than 1/2 a bottle, the first few sips are quite enjoyable. It becomes a vanilla onslaught quickly though. The finish lets a little bittersweetness come out, but itís not enough to provide real balance. This beer really needs more smoke.