brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: A dark brown/amber color with a very minimal khaki colored head.
S: A smooth and creamy vanilla note (along with some oak) to go along with the sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and toffee.
T: A wonderful mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors going on here. The sweetness from the caramel and toffee really goes wonderfully with the light oakiness and the hints of dark stone fruits.
M: A really creamy and smooth, almost thick and chewy with a soft carbonation.
D: Sierra Nevada really doesnít get enough praise from us beer geeks. This is a really solid beer (like all of their others), and I would gladly take a glass of this again.
bhensonb (14075) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a tan smear for head. Aromas of dark, lightly smokey, malt, vanilla and wood. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. First impression was anise. Then some dark roast malt, with oak, vanilla and perhaps coffee. Not extraordinarily complex, but a very good drink indeed.
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, cocoa, oak, light vanilla and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, oak and light vanilla with a smooth malty finish.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, light peat, wood, bourbon, and caramel.
slowrunner77 (10088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"iím calling this an old ale only because thatís what the brewer is calling it...itís actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer Iíve ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (thatís right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in itís complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!"
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head that fades. Sweet woody vanilla aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, good amount of wood up front, rich sweet malt base, light bitterness barely balances it out, finish is woody. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Solid beer, but just a little too heavy on the wood for my preferences. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour with some nice ruddy mahogany highlights. The nose is distinctly woody and earthy with loads of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Soft and toasty with a lingering vanilla/caramel flavour on the finish. There is a wisp of smokiness that creeps up as the beer starts to warm up then itís gone again toward the finish Ė quite odd how that works. Thereís a whole lot going on, but it still doesnít really come together for me.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3069-20100702] Sample. Woody barrel roast malt aroma has a light floral touch. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Floral red wine and sherry notes in the flavour with tons of wood roast. Full body. Wow, this is big and boozy.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head over a near black body. Aromas of cocoa, light wood, musty and very light fusel alcohol. Flavors are cereal, caramel, alcohol, fruits (dark) and raisins. Kind of basic and a bit bland. Creamy mouthfeel with some higher alcohols.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with almost no head. Raisin chocolate brown sugar bourbon and oak aroma and taste with a sticky palate.