fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Aroma boozy and caramelly/sugary, maybe some vanilla that is oddly artificial smelling, and some plastic that matches it. Flavor continues to be a lot of not-too-interesting sweet notes, vanilla, booze, big but not rich malt. Eh.
harrisoni (12480) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at post Borefts BF 09 tasting. Red amber, thin beige head. Sweet amber malt in aroma, not sure I like the oak in it. Too woody for me. bit too oaky, sweet, some hop on end.
Cletus (6322) - 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.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer prompted me to be completely over the oak-aging phenomenon. Amber pour with ruby highlights and a small white head. Oak, vanilla, sugary malt in the nose. Flavor is very, very oak-y. Dominated by it totally, in fact. Very sweet. Wood, caramel, vanilla. A decent beer, I’m sure, but too much oak.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber, shared with Brenn79, thanks bro. Pours murky burnt orange with a small beige head that collapses into a collar of foam pretty quick. Smells like an over-the-hill barleywine, a smell I don’t care for at all in a beer. I really hate over the top maltiness. Taste is way too sweet and malty, way too oaky. Carbonation is average and the body is full. Not my thing.
gregwilsonstl (920) - Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark red. Smells like plum. No head. Not balanced at all. It just doesn’t work. Very strong alcohol. Dominant oak flavor. It just doesn’t work.
cheap (3747) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Vintage Estates, really nice place. Looks like rootbeer with a really nice creamy head. Smells fairly good. Initial taste is rather rude for a lager lover. Then, it smooths out a bit thru the session. Must be havving an anestetic effect on the buds. Barely any detectable creamy carbonation, palate is overwhelmed by flavors. Medicinal linger, would not buy again.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 2, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Zeno’s Pub. Aroma is peculiar and bubblegummed with a lot
of weighty caramel. Alcohol. Pours a clear red-brown, with no fringe.
Flavor is absolutely ugly and messy. Burnt caramels, sloppy sugars,
boozy barrel, and weird dead yeast. This is underattenuated, sloppy,
unfinished and gross. Ugh.