manuchampions (1237) - 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 I’m fully aware I’m cutting against the grain of the high ratings this beer generally gets...but it ain’t working for me. These two very dominant flavours just do not work together, they are in opposition. Maybe it’s 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 (551) - 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 (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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 (5145) - 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 (2837) - 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 (211) - 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 o’ 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 @ 58°F.
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!
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A smooth, sweet, woody and vanilla heavy beer. Decent brew for the sweet tooth.
How: Bottle 22oz. Exact age unknown, probably about 1 year old. Sent to me by after4ever, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Beautiful clear ruby body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The nose is pretty light for a BA scotch ale, mainly wood barrel and vanilla. Tate has a lot of barley candy, a lot of caramel, a lot of vanilla, a lot of wood, some dried cherries, some maple. My first glass was a clear ruby and I though the beer was a rather bland. From the second glass on it got cloudy and much more fulfilling. Nothing very good, nothing original, nothing very bad. But that’s ok "nothing" already plays a very large part of my life and will most likely play a large part of my future.
OldMrCrow (1867) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle sampled 3/19/10.
What a treat! The age seems to have done this one some favors. Splendid oak and caramel aromas, lovely mellow mouthfeel with no heat until long after one downs each big lovely sip. This one is super-dangerous because I can drink it so fast and barely can restrain myself from just downing great gulps of its lovely caramelly oaked goodness. Mellow on the carbonation, but enough to keep it alive and provide a nice head upon an aggressive pour; oak is very present but balanced; slight sour hints that mellow as one’s palate acclimates. Frickin’ world class!!
jake65 (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks brewolf. Dark chestnut brown pour with a thin beige head. Nose is fruity, vanilla, molasses, and oak. Tastes sweet and seemingly like the samoa cookies girl scouts sell... Vanilla, coconut, chocolate, caramel, and light oak. Really nice on the palate. Fun Brew; I could drink this all the time.