ilovedarkbeer (2000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with almost no head. Notes of copper, caramel pop corn, sweat, and vanilla. Weak
DogfishFred (36) - - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle as one of what seems like a thousand specialty beers from Sam Adams.
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of raisin, heavy caramel, and malt. Taste is of nougat, caramel, raisin bread, and oak. As it warms, notes of cinnamon amd light pepper begin to show. Sweet, but dry.
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Seemed a little to malty right from the first sip, but then the dry oak stepped in to balance things a little. But it still could have used a little more hops to balance things better. Not a ton of wood flavor, but it almost felt like you were sucking on a chunk of wood. A little cloying by the end. Seemed a little dumbed down, but it would probably make a decent transitional beer for macro drinkers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, reddish amber with an average to large, creamy, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was rather weak, but had moderate caramel; apple; hints of wood; cola; vanilla; and kool-aid. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and light to moderately acidic with an average duration. There was sweet malt, caramel, cola, slight roast, ever so slight hint of coffee, a little wood, slight vanilla, a little apple and cherry, and kool-aid. The medium body was a little oily and then dry with lightly tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
TheGent (611) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Color is amber like good old normal sam adams. Aroma is caramel and vanilla oak with bread dough. Taste is light wood and sweetness and slight bourbon finish. A medium body with medium carbonation. Good to see a wood aged beer that is mild.
ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving bedhind some light lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of toasted and caramelized malts with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of dark fruit.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some light vanilla, and a touch of noble hop. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of toasted caramelzied malts with some vanilla, oak, and earthy flavors.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and oaky finish.
D - Very drinkable. Pretty good amber ale with the oak flavor adding some complexity. A bit off balanced though.
DarkSong (257) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with a large off-white quickly vanishing head. It has a doughy aroma with maybe a little oak. I taste caramel, vanilla, resin, oak, bread & cereal. There are a lot of tastes in this beer but they blend well, with none of the individual tastes standing out too much. Iíd drink this one again.
LKT1983 (95) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great ale. Nice rich color, dark copper like; aroma is deep, the oak is very pleasant and the finish is good. Def. a top choice if you can find it when itís available.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel on the nose, malty caramel definitely in the flavor. Decently full beer. Donít taste the oak, but it is a bit dry. A bit one dimensionl, somewhat lacking in depth. Still, a pretty solid beer.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma is a nice combo of wood and vanilla. Flavor is really dominated by vanilla, but also has hints of oak and maple. Very nice offering. Much better than I expected from Sam Adams.