slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"had a bottle with some age on it. dark red. smells pretty boozy. fruity, with a little chocolate and a touch of hops. mostly sweet with a little oak. a little more oak in the flavor, then more of the same. nice toasted oak flavor as it warms. it’s pretty nice but a little too cloying to be worth the $. ST makes better for less."
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chris / Adrien for this bottle. Ya’ll are drinking right now so enjoy the beers! Miss you dudes.
appearance is a clear blood red, oak red. Slight cardboard, oxidation and intense oaky maltiness. Lots of oak, astringent oak, slightly sweet. Lots of wood and sweet creamy vanilla. Interesting beer.
tmongoose (1333) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber shared again a very old bottle no date on it..poured a murky amber color. same abv as the cuvee one just taste a little different. aroma is sweet malts and sugars and vanilla. the flavor was more of the same plus he booziness on the end. not bad but I like the one better. this is more of dessert sipper. overall still pretty good.
Damico (2614) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby amber with a beige head. The aroma brings sweet wood oak and malts. The flavor is similar bringing sweet malty notes dominating and then some of the oak as well, not complex and doesn’t bring a variety of flavors, right on for a style that I don’t love though.
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 01-15-2012 (Bottle) This beer pours a small semi-fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, hazy ruby body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, oak and woody. The flavor is sweet, moderately bitter, caramel malt, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer at 11%ABV. The flavor is very flavorable and this beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
thewolf (11192) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. Pours deep, clear, dark chestnut red with a nice, staying, creamy, small white head. Aroma has sweet malts, caramel, port, raisins, vinious, light chocolate. Low carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, quite sweet and sticky, caramel, raisins, plums, nutty. Light oaky dryness, vinious. Lingering warming finish.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a ruby orange ale with excellent clarity and a single finger of toasted peanut head falls rather quickly to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.
S: Interesting. Wood (oak), and a large degree of mineral and vitamin smells. I’m not particularly intrigued, but not offended either.
T: Hmm, oxidized (cardboard). But also plenty of toffee, caramel, oak. Really a mature ale here. I really am enjoying this one. Tasty and fun. Sorry I’m not more definitive here, but I guess I don’t have to.
M: A bit thin, and higher carb than preferred. A near slickness to the finish.
O: This was a surprise for a good beer. I’m not a ST fan, but this is nice. Glad it’s still on the shelves here.
Serving type: bottle
Ron (2598) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Price reduced at BOTW. Only beer I’ve had that was boxed(also Series 1 that is still in my cellar). Poured amber with thin beige head. Aroma oak vanilla, caramel, creme brulee, butterscotch, quite sweet, mild dark fruit. Flavor of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, creme brulee, mild dark fruit. MF medium to full body with light carb. Good brew, complex and full of flavors.
superspak (2696) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least 4 years old. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a thin khaki lace cap for a head, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, fig, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, brown bread, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and oak character flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome oak aged strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt and oak character flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the high ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
BeerandBlues2 (9883) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a small, fizzy light beige head, medium to short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is oak, peppery alcohol, caramel and cookie malt, raisins and figs with earthy hops and papery oxidation notes. Flavor is sweet malt and light alcohol, oak, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, light oxidation notes and a sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.