brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The beer pours a mahogany color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Definitely has some oak and vanilla notes to it. Light charred oak aromas as well as plenty of roast. There is quite a bit of sweet toffee and some mild fruitiness. A weird ash-like note on the back end.
T: Medium levels of sweetness, mostly in the form of toffee. The oak flavor is quite strong, but there is a bit of acidity to the beer and a weird flavor I cannot quite describe, perhaps spoiled chocolate?
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Not a bad aroma on this, but the flavor was a bit off. Wouldn’t have this one again.
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at CBW 2011. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, chocolate and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted chocolate and woody flavor with a medium sweet acidic finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met.
bu11zeye (12767) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, light oak, and toasted grain. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and subtle oak.
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Max’s. Pours a clear dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spicy wood, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is roasted malts, big chocolate notes, toasted wood and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied.
Sammy (11253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kickbacks. Big oak, big lace, the finish is bitter and a tad astringent. Drying. Still a serviceable porter and glad to catch up to it.
shrubber85 (10762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Light smoke, wood and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut color with moderate head. Lightly bitter herbal hops and sweet toffee malt aroma. Okay but nothing great.
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Elaine’s. Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a thin to medium sized beige head. Big sweet caramel and vanilla and wood. Medium, sweet caramel and a bit of plum. Soft toffee warm cocoa and wood. Easy drinking but a bit thin and watery at times.
b3shine (8198) - Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; pitch black with thin beige lacing. Smells mildly malty. Tastes like it smells with some roastiness; not much oak though. Average on the palate. Underwhelming.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours with a clear brown body with a small tan head that fades. Aromas of molasses, oak, vanilla, grainy, brown sugar, light toasts and a faint fruity ester. Flavors of molasses, vanilla, malty, watery. Light brown sugar. Low carbonation. Medium dry. Watery/thin. Bland.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Cleveland International Beer Fest on 5/14/11. Pours a clear darkest brown/black with a thin beige head. Malty nose with hints of chocolate, roast and dark fruit. Malty flavor with just a bit of chocolate and roast, with even less barrel character. Could use a lot more of everything that’s in there to give it some nose and flavor.