omhper (22763) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy nut brown. Oaky nose. Sweet and full bodied. Vaniklla and oak dominates. It’s stil too sweet, but the oak aging has given it much more character and together with the alcohol it feels almost whiskey-like. Not very refined, but I find myself enjoying it.
Travlr (19935) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Bright and clear amber. Aroma of very light scotch. Taste is pure whiskey, over the top.
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Malt & Vine, Redmond
Dark amber color. Caramel aroma, creamy. Good body strength, fairly sweet, with deep caramel flavor; almost a Barley Wine, with a light smoke and butter touch; low bitterness, some sweet nuts in the end.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is dark amber in color with a nice amount of carbonation and an off-white head.
S: Fairly decent scotch ale aromas. Quite a bit of bread and toffee with some nice toasted malts and bread. A fair amount of vanilla along with mild smoke and oak notes.
T: Things are pretty much the same flavor-wise. Sweet and malty with lots of toffee and caramel, toasted bread is there too. Perhaps a bit more vanilla than expected and some peat/smoke and oak flavors.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Not really going to knock your socks off, but it was a good beer.
bhensonb (13621) - 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 there’s 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.
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo.
Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted malt, wood and earthy scotch aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
A smooth complex drinkable brew.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of peat, caramel, toffee, vanilla, earth, and apple. Flavor of roasted malt, peat, caramel, vanilla, oak, nuts, and baked apple.
mcberko (12456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at 99 Bottles just outside Seattle, pours dark amber. Aroma and flavour are a perfect smoky balance of malts and caramel, with a bit of wood and oak.
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toffee, cookie, caramel), no hops, light esters (apple/pear) and notes of dates and vanilla. Flavor is heavy malt (toffee, cookie, caramel), no hops, light esters (apple/pear) and notes of dates and vanilla. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottles acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka. Tasted side by side with the Barrel Aged version so notes will reflect the side by side tasting. Both versions poured a medium mahogany with a small sized off white head. The BA version was cloudy with the regular version being clear. They both had an earthy, peaty and caramel aroma (stronger in the BA) with the BA also possesing the expected aromas of vanilla, wood, and also a smokiness. The overall aromas of the regular were on the softer and subtle side. They both shared tastes of nuts, caramel, and earthiness. The BA also had wood, vanilla, smoke, and citrus. Overall the BA was more complex and enjoyable.