beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour hazy deep copper color with a huge, rocky tan head. Much more head than expected for a barrel aged offering. Aroma is full of sweet caramel malt, deep resinous hop aroma, plenty of woody notes, and light brandy-like notes. Very deep and earthy aroma. Flavor is initially full of resinous hop character that has a nice roundness in the flavor which keeps it from being harsh. Then notes of wood and peat kick in. There is a touch of sweetness from the malt, but only just enough to balance the hops. The acacia wood is really nice here. I do not know that I have ever had acacia wood-infused consumables before, but I like it. It’s pretty subtle, but has a nice earthiness with some light spicy and lightly sweet notes. This is one of those beers that I did not love, but one where I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship and subtlety.
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy amber with a decent foamy off-white head. Aromas of dried stone fruit and spice with a touch of perfume. Flavor is like the base with a very floral aspect. Overall quite different from the base. Smoother. Mellower. Bitter is less harsh. Nice.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bhensonb Woodworks tasting. Pours hazy golden with a beautiful fluffy white head and a perfumed aroma. The flavor is not quite as bitter and a lot smoother, with more overall taste than the reference beer. However, there is a long bitter finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, light wood, light hops, slight caramel, some spice. Less fragrant than the other 2 in this series that I have had. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, as well as many medium and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of wood, fruit, hops, malt, tea, yeast, and some tannin. The Acasia wood is noticeably different than the oak used in other versions. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Wood, fruit, malt, tea, yeast, and hop finish is dry. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a larger sized fluffy head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of wood, some earthiness, very lightly fruity, and had a light smokiness. Tastes of wood, some vanilla, caramel and the same lighter fruitiness.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is an interesting mix of earthy hops, sweet woody notes, dusty yeast, a hint belgian to me. Light fruity hop notes, but mostly an odd woody aspect that I cannot place my finger on. Pours hazy brown orange with a huge fluffy head and sticky lace. Flavors are malty and sweet initially. A good deal of caramel and toasted sweetness, dry earthy notes, a touch bitter, but hop presence is definitely muted and almost dirty. I got hints of honey, dust, and light belgian notes. Rather carbonated, dry mouthfeel, bitterness is minimal, and the 11% is not over powering. An interesting beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brownish amber with an enormous fluffy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is the best of this series with some extremely aromatic wood character. There is some spiciness and a really robust, almost purfume-like, floral aroma that I don’t get in any of the others. The dry wine-like Nelson hops are still in full effect.
The flavor is very smooth and well balanced. It’s much earthier and less hoppy than the others. All kinds of leather and tannins coming through and the finish is not nearly as dry as the two oak versions. Smooth finish.
The mouthfeel is the least effervescent of the series. It’s also the smoothest and most drinkable as the alcohol seems hidden better.
All in all, I’d rate this the best of the bunch though, ironically, it’s got the least hop presence. I personally just like the character that this wood gives the beer. Good stuff.
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml paper wrapped and capped. Pours with some viscosity to it; a hazed almost chewy looking caramel brown with a perfectly formed and stout looking khaki head that lasts. Lots of bready biscuit with hops being subtle yet herbal and perfumey with a touch of dark berry. Dense small carbonation feel with medium light body...not as chewy as it appears. Bitter piney, biscuit caramel, herbal and juniper berries with some oakey tannins on the finish...as well as some alcohol warmth. If you like juniper character, this may be for you...but it wasn’t my style, although well made, and certainly not worth the $15.
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375, wide-capped and paper wrapped. Pours a pretty and opaque bright bronzed medium amber. Huge dense creamy tan head that really sticks around, showing gorgeous tight bubbles. Lemony, chardonnay-like acidic brightness on the nose. I don’t know what acacia wood smells like (historic Greek warships, I suppose), but I am sure the bright fresh-cut wood smell coming through this is acacia. Probably a little too barrely but it’s so interesting and singular that it’s forgiven. Creamy medium body with tight carb. Lemons, grapefruit, peaches, and fresh cut wood on the mid palate. Mild finish. Really not bad, but, given the ingredients list and the post-ferment effects laid onto this beer, it’s not really as dimensional as one might expect.
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Highly carbonatged pour wwhich pours turbid deep coppery orange with 3 finger fizzy yet clingy off-white head. Nose is earthy malt, resiny piney NS hops, some spicy esters. Tastes earthy, oaky, very resiny, and hot from the start. Gets yeasty and cobwebby late, with more earthy notes and a bit better balance as it warms, and the oak supports rather than taking center stage. Enjoyable.