PlainsDrifter (69) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy amber with medium cream head. Hay and malt aroma. Stong malt flavor, low biiterness. Lingering but refreshing finish. I really like this one for when i want a high malt low hop beer.
baccamon (1) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark amber with a white head. Initial taste is smooth with a slight bite and then you taste the toasted malts of this seasonal cold-filtered lager. Subsequent tastes continue to go down easier and efficient. This beer is unbelievably good.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 5/4/10. Apparently this was released years ago. Saw it on tap at a little chain place in Kernersville. The tap handle said "Limited Release." They had a little flyer for this beer. Said it was a big Vienna Lager sitting in at 7.0% ABV. Letís see how it is...
Came out a dark amber/gold with a thin off-white head on top. Retention was weak. But it left some nice lace behind. Scents of creamy malts, sweet sugar, fresh bread, and just a touch of hops. The body was creamy smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation backing it up. This has lots of honey-sweet flavor. I can sense the alcohol just a bit, but nothing overpowering at all. Some mild bitterness, but masked by the malty sweetness. Not bad. This is definitely a sweeter beer more than anything, but it was refreshing and decent. Not sure how long thisíll be around, but for you locals, itís one to seek out before itís gone...
freekyp (1452) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Easily the best beer to come out of Red Oak, Big Oak pours a hazy golden with a slight wite head. The nutty aroma shows a bit of pear, and general fruitiness. Malt forward for sure, but only slightly sweet. Nice grassy hop character; balanced. Slick mouthfeel.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at City Tap in Pittsboro. As OldStyleCubsFan mentioned, it was also advertised as 7% when I had it. That plus the fact that I havenít been a big Red Oak fan turned me off, but I tried it anyway and was actually pretty impressed. Malty and rich. Some sweet grainy notes and caramel. Really pretty good. I might even drink this again.
OldStyleCubFan (76) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Iím not a fan of RO besides the cool brewery along the Interstate but Iím game to try it. First question to the bartender...what type of beer is it...she had no clue but bragged it was 7%. The beer looked nice but it was void of taste. Weird really Almost no bitterness. Very smooth. its well attenuated unlike other RO beers Iíve had. I figured a high ABV Vienna would be a malty mess but its not. Its dried out nice with no real alcohol heat. I just dont see the point of an imperial vienna or whatever this is. It will get you drunk.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old rating on a crumpled piece of newspaper--somewhere around 2005. I tried to enter this beer as a "Vienna" which is what the rep from the distributor said it was, and I was rejected. Oh well...
Draught at the Flying Saucer in downtown Raleigh. Amber-brown body, clear, with a small white head. Aroma is grainy, bready, and somewhat sour. Little caramel, some better malt balance that the "red oak," but still a bit thin at end. Hops are there, but not noticeable. Eh, still not that great, but a big improvement.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer from Red Oak! Yay! This is the souped up version of the normal Red Oak that they make. I think it is around 7% or 8%. Same Coppery sheen. Very reflective and clear as a bell. No head. Nothing. watery surface. nose is very fruity for a lager. Apricots everywhere. Nothing but fruitiness. However clean and not too estery, infact the sweetness from the malt is truly complex and subtle and not just a saccharine wallop. Hops arenít present. Flavors take in the full orbedness of the fruit adding a little tinge of mintyness. No corny adjunct flavors like with the regualr Red Oak. most impressive, I thought, was the lack of presence in the alcohol. Very smooth. Deceptively good beer.