MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Elegant oak adds complexity to this Wee Heavyís berry-laced caramel malts. This is not one of those over-the-top barrel-aging jobs; kudos to Silver City for being parsimonious.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish dark red.
-The caramel finish could be longer for my tastes.
-The body is quite lean for the style; this increases drinkability, but then again some looking for a rich Scotch-style Ale are not going to be completely satisfied with this one. This is drier than most Quebec examples...
-Hops add a touch of bitterness in the finish, but they barely succeed in making an appearance.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy amber with no head. Rich vinous and dark fruit aromas. Full bodied. Flavor starts oaky/vanilla, goes to sweet dark malt, and then thereís something like date/raisin/prune. A very little smoke towards the end. Finishes more sweet than dry, but far from sticky sweet. Oak at the end as well.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hannont for the bottle. Pour is cola brown. Quite muddy looking. Fizzy tan head and no lace to speak of. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light
Peat and nuts. Flavor is dry with plenty of residual bitterness. Sweet and malty.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Bottlworks. Pours a cola reddish brown with tan head that reduces quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is woody caramel malt. Taste is underwhelming...the oaky woodiness combined with the caramel malt combines to form a flavour best described as egg-salad like. Crazy and weird and Iím fully aware Iím cutting against the grain of the high ratings this beer generally gets...but it ainít working for me. These two very dominant flavours just do not work together, they are in opposition. Maybe itís my general dislike of American Oak (hate it in Chardonnay as well). At least the finish is better, slightly boozy but more refined with lingering vanilla and sweet caramel...the woodiness is less apparent in the end which is merciful.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Parkway. Clear, root beer colored pour with a persistent short, white head. Fairly benign nose (woody as the ale warms) leads to a body that is very complex. A predominantly sweet, medium-heavy body with vanilla, caramel, almonds, chocolate and a well hidden ABV. The wood is subtle, as is the peat - which is how I like it. Finish is short and sweet.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby brown color/ tan head. Vanilla, booze, toffee, mild peat smoke aromas. medium bodied. Sweet toffee vanilla caramel bourbon flavors with a touch of smoke---too sweet.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with light white head and lace. Sweet caramel malt, toasted malt, and abv. Toasted sweet caramel malt, and brown sugar. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
BuckeyeBoy (2319) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Thanks to Jake65. This was a very pleasant surprise. Pours out brownish amber topped with a very small head. Aroma was great lots of sweetness. Rich malts, wood, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Taste was more of the sweetness. I love a good balanced sweet beer. Thanks again Jake.
MarinaMarket (201) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best beer I have ever had from Silver City Brewing. Definite variations between bottles, but man oí man, most of them are fantastic! Great balance with a strong woody taste. So yeah, many brewers are jumping on the wood bandwagon, but I like most of them, and this one is no exception. Love the malts and vanilla, with a smack down of alcohol. I would love to try this on tap. Tasted from the bottle @ 58įF.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks jake65!! - Pours clear and dk brown like cola with a small beige head...aroma is molassas and coconut, vanilla, smoke and very slight peat...flavour is similar, vanilla oak, roasty grain, cocoa, coconut and caramel...very fine carbonation and a dry malty finish...this was a terrific surprise and a hell of a beer, thanks Jake!