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.
Ron (2199) - 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 (1928) - 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 (8556) - 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.
DrSilverworm (4065) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, from Dilly Cafe. Shared with caterwaul and friends. Hazy dark brown red orange color. Thin khaki head. Short reaches of lace. Bigger body, smooth crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky. Nice woody spicy notes. Some espresso. Light dark fruit. Caramel malt. Bigger bitter taste, Bigger sweet too, lightly dry finish. Soft, smooth, kind of creamy palate. Enjoyable oak-aged strong ale. Complex. Much better than the mess that was cuvee 1, and my favorite of the three overall.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep bourgandy color with a thick frothy off white head that slowly fades to thin lacing. Aroma has loads of vanilla, some woodiness, caramel and soft alcohol. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, black plums, and prunes that provide a nice base while mild alcohol, softer vanilla tones, some oak, and a nice bitterness balance it out. The alcohol is well hidden, but comes out a bit as the beer gets warmer. Smooth creamy mouthfeel that leaves the tongue a bit sticky with soft moderate carbonation.
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle for NHL playoff watching. Pours murky brownIsh plum. Nose of plums and toffee. Tastes of dark fruits plums and figs. You get toffee, earth, leather, woody, some tobacco. Not too sweet which is nice from Southern Tier
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with sweet vanilla malt and strong oak in the finish. Good.
UDBeernut (1265) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber in my fridge. Pours cherry wood stain red/brown with no head. Nose full of oak. Taste of toffee, vanilla, and caramel with oak rounding out the finish. The oak adds complexity to an otherwise one dimensional beer. Body is full and slick.
olio (4830) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ Oluthuone Esplanadi, Tampere.
Originally rated on 20100417.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of resiny hops, caramel malts, ripe fruits and toffee notes. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits, alcohol notes, some resin and hay. A mediocre beer wrapped in a nice package.
McGarnigle (521) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber that was on sale (but still $9). If getting rid of the box would drop the price, I’d do it. I haven’t had the others in this series. but I like this. Kinda sweet, not bitter, nor roasty. Creamy with some vanilla. All the edges are worn off this ale. They say nougat, and I think they’re right. Excellent.