emacgee (4138) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ucusty for sharing this one. Pours a dark copper with a one finger offwhite head. The nose is sweet, fruity, oaky, caramel, mildly tannic. Flavor is mild, some waxy character, rich, caramel, malty. Palate is waxy and astringent. Overall a pretty plain beer.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle shared by nuplastikk. Hazy brown-amber with a small light beige head. Lots of oak, vanilla and spice in the aroma, with a sweet berry and frosting touch. Sweet, alcoholic, oaky and malty flavors. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. the oak provides some foil to the sweetness, but doesn’t quite manage. Full, sticky body. Alright for a few sips, but this could use some more balance for that sweetness.
BVery (6961) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOTTLE: copper pour, sweet aroma with some booze. Taste is caramel, oak, quite rich. Good beer.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk) Medium tan head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, some vanilla, light alcohol. Taste is sweet, oak, light vanilla, some alcohol. Sticky full body, low carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and milk chocolate with lots of fresh oaky character. Starts with good fullness and rich, sweet dark caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of fresh oak and bittersweetness toward the drier, crisp finish. Pretty well balanced, complex and enjoyable.
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a decent but unspectacular beer. Aroma was OK. Vanilla, oak and caramel. Pour was a nice deep gold with a one finger bubbly off white head. Taste was a little thin with hints of roasted caramel and chocolate in the front with a weird spiciness prickling the tonsils in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation makes the beer enjoyable. One thing’s for sure, this tasted like an 8% beer at most. Good job at hiding the alcohol.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark red with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, pepper, roasted malt. Tastes cloyingly sweet and mesy with up front weird bitterness.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
EBF NOTB. Light amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malts- caramel/molasses, light toasted bread as well as oak and vanilla. Taste: I found this to be way too sweet- alot of molasses/caramel as well as alot of oak and vanilla. Light hop bittering finish. Big, sticky, and boozy-
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great nose with the vanilla and caramel. Color is nice too, with a rich bourbon color. There’s some malt on the first taste - but it’s all at the front of the mouth. It’s one of the only beers I’ve had where there’s almost no finish... It’s viscous on the palate, which is your only sense that you’re drinking an 11% beer. This one could sneak up on you.
HonkeyBra (3518) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Binny’s Glen Ellen. Murky, dark brown pour with a thin bit of off white head. Aroma is nutty, with caramel, vanilla, maybe some bourbon. Flavor is oaky, lightly sweet. There’s some smoke, some caramel. The sweetness is nicely subdued here. Nice body with some carbonation and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Very solid brew.