beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oak, oak and more oak. Changed to American oak barrels instead of the French used in the first series I believe. Pours redish copper color with a bit of head that does not want to stay too long. Oak dominates on the finish. A bit of berries in there although to be honest I cannot distinguish between the different types of berries going on in this beer. A slight hint of caramel with mediocore lacing on the glass.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz pour at Brouwers Cafe Seattle.
Poured chocolate brown with soft reddish flecks and a mildly dark tan head that is thick with a smooth, creamy consistency. The nose is dulled in all aspects. I did pick out chocolate, anise, nuts, prune, raisin, and vanilla. The taste was chocolate, vanilla, creme brûlée, oak, fig, raisin, alcohol, and oak. This beer tastes much better than the smell. Great body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Cellar one for sure.
damzz (262) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slight head that lasted. Needs to be sipped as one would a wine remembering that the bubbles punch up the alcohol effect. malty nose - ah, my wine tasting intrudes. Palate: Roasted malt with caramel and faint hops. Body is full and syrupy. Drink with a friend. Downing a couple of these will put you over the limit on the breathalyser and perhaps lead to memory loss and you do want to remember this brew.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured darker color than cuvee 1. aroma more prevalent and deep earthy notes. taste: more wood, some vanilla, spices, some cherry.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 year old large format in snifter. Carmel color. White lacing. Creamy with toffee vanilla and carmel. Medium bitterness, sweet, and good burn. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Very well done.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer wasn’t bad, but it was pretty forgettable. Nothing really stood out. The oak was not very evident. I’d like to try it again, perhaps with the series 1
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby chestnut body. Sweet aromas of vanilla, grass, caramel and oak. Syrupy mouth feel with a nice amount of carbonation. Flavors are semi-sweet and sticky, oak nicely complements the malty toast flavors and the slight hop bitterness. Finishes out with a slightly tingling bitter mouth feel. A rich, complex and boozy brew.
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of oak, caramely malts and some toffee. Flavor is oaky with caramel and toffee notes at first, complex, but enjoyable. Finishes a little bitter.
Keir (127) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ The Stable - 12.23.09. Dark red/amber with a thin head but nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet, fruity, heavy alcohol. Taste sweet, malty, slight oak, slight bourbon, slight vanilla, tart. Oily mouth feel.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours chestnut brown with a thick, creamy head. Aroma of vanilla, honey, roasted malts, alcohol (too much). Very rich, medium body with a slightly astringent finish.