BillKismet (3174) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber body with light head that is thicker around the edges. Spicy nose with some deep, unfurled malting hinting at fruits, but not quite revealing. Simply stunning flavor that unravels from a rather austere bouquet. Deep, but coiled, piercing maltiness, packed aged fig, mild leather, Belgian candi syrup, perhaps turbinado. Borderline masterpiece. Three more months may seem this develop wild complexity that propels the flavors to new bounds. I will seek out bottles for aging. Redhook is one of the staid PNW brewers that has not evolved much since it put its stamp on the scene and helped pioneer the craft-brew movement. On the rate occasions when they do put out something new, it is worth paying attention to. Cheers!
Cavie (3553) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at gman fw. Fratto was kind enough to slide this down the table. Pours a clear ruby pour with a creamy white head. Smells of floral notes, bathroom soap and baby powder. Taste is largely sweet with raisins and a tiny dry finish. The raisin flavor holds fast throughout and plays well into this hand. Not bad. Finishes with a cranberry lifesaver taste. Good.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with small off-white head. Really nice lacing, a beautiful-looking beer. Sweet malts in the aroma. Flavor is malty with medium bitterness. Palate is a little heavy and sticky mouth-feel. Pretty good overall.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 3 oz. Taste @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 9.5% ABV. 55 IBUís. Clear bright rich amber color. Mild hop Belgian hint malt ester front. Sweet smooth rich cherry caramel body. Cloying sweet fruit malt mil hop spice rich smooth end. (4.25 ? 5.0)
Red Hook Ale Brewery--8-4-1 Expedition--Oak Ale Brewed With Honey--Limited Release Spring--Brewmaster Greg Deah Signature--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV. 55 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Imperial. Tan dense lacy head that lasts. Clear bright dark ruby brown color. No sediment. Oak hint light cocoa floral hop front. Mild sweet dry brown sugar honey toasted smoke oak hint crisp light textured fruit cocoa hint body. Dry bitter hint hidden hop EtOH end. Sampled 7/31/2010. 2 @ $7.99 Each.
DuffMan (5824) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the SpringBeerFest in Portland. Clear copper amber, low tan head. Aroma brings to mind honey ham: meaty, smoky, sweet (brown sugar). Palate is malt driven, dark toffee, slightly earthy and spicy with peaty smoke nuances. After typing this out, it sounds better than it actually was. I donít know...
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Light khaki colored head is fading away fast. This beer has a nice brown body with a red hue. Translucent beer. Honestly, this one isnít looking too bad. Very sweet sugar aroma. I donít know if others have said this but the alcohol is fairly fíin noticeable. Light fruit and honey flavor are subtly coming through. I donít want to force myself to say that I am getting any type of wood aroma just because I know that I was told wood was used. This beers carries a lot of Belgian-like qualities. This beer doesnít have a solid use of hops as an ASA should have. Wow, they didnít do a good job of masking the alcohol. This beer is a mess. I get alcohol at first, then I am getting some sugar and fruit flavors, followed by a caustic hop flavor that mixes poorly with the alcohol. Wow, the flavor has no accord whatsoever. Well, the wood finally made it through. Slight wood flavor hitting my taste buds. The beer has a decent texture. Drinker beware for an odd experience.
IndianaRed (2051) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this up at Brewforia in Boise, ID. Clear mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. Woody malty aromas. Flavor was earthy and a strange sharpness. Easy on the hops but balanced in that way. Fumy in a bit of an off way. Something not quite right about it and didnít quite get it. ABV was not very obvious and had a nice soft palate.
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Almost clear brown color with a nice creamy head and spotty lacing. Sweet aromas of brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste has a weird bite to it of furniture polish, but has other flavors of alcohol and a little wood. It has a creamy feel with a medium finish. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing!
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark ruby red pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is very malty and sweet with a good amount of honey, sweet malts, and very light wood notes. Flavor is intensely sweet. Lots and lots of honey. Didnít really notice too much of the chocolate or cherry wood. The alcohol is really, really noticeable. It could probably take some age, but right now itís too hot.
neepsntatties (1035) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at the Spring Beer and Wine Festival in Portland, OR. (4/3/10). Colour... dark garnet-amber with no head. Nose... subtle hops and malt. Palate... nicely balanced between the hops and malt, hints of sweetness and smoke but nothing over powers anything else.