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 (3321) - 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.
Tmoney99 (10550) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Dilly Deli.
Poured hazy ruby brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate nutty malt, caremel and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium to heavy creamy sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish and small alcohol burn of moderate to long duration.
This is a solid brew.
KornDogg (528) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap... a bit more balanced then the first, vanilla richness with a bitter aftertaste... def a warmer... nice ale
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of oak, caramel malts, and some toffee. Flavor is very oaky with caramel and toffee notes at first. Finishes a little bitter with some warming. A little more oak then the first series, a little on the verge of being too much.
thornecb (4352) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to nothing. Oak aromas. Sweet dark caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon from front to back. Lasting oaky alcohol burn.
paleale80 (7) - Lansdowne, Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I LOVED this beer !! One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.I had it on draft and there was not much head when it came to the table but the color was beautiful. NIce solid brown with ruby shining through as well. The oak shines through in the flavor but not overly so. There are also notes of caramel and tobacco as others have said. The alcohol was present for sure but without any harsh bite or lingering effects. Very well done !!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Faint aroma of oak and caramel. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small to medium-sized, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Not sparkling. Very good lacing. Lightly sweet flavor. Tastes of wood, alcohol, caramel, slight tobacco, tar, and oak. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Wood, oak, and alcohol finish. Like on an old ale. 11%ABV very well hidden.