Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy variegated golden brown color. Aroma of vanilla, light spice, herbs. Taste is full bodied spiced straw. Very nice.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange pour with a white head. Very sweet on the nose, sugar, banana, grape, and a hint of vanilla. Bread, caramel, and a little bit of toast, too. Tastes of caramel, sugar, grape, banana, and apple. A little bit of oak, a fair amount of vanilla, and a hint of yeast. Better than the regular, but not great.
Ratman197 (8489) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bread, grapes, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, biscuit and light grape with a crisp dry lingering oak finish.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s. Hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of grapes, fruity, toasted nuts, and caramel. Tastes of wood, grapes, fruity, nuts, and some vanilla.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Thanks to Travlr for the share. Pours a clear, deeper amber to red in the light. Weak head with spotty lace. Nose is lemon, herbal, big vanilla. Taste is oily vanilla bean, sugar, tart lime, sweet and sour playoff. Lactic, tart finish. Quenching palate. Probably picked up a benign infection for the better here. Yum!
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Hazy light brown with a thin head. Oaky vanilla caramel and grassy vegetal aroma. Sweet sugary oak forward taste followed by vanilla and roasted coconut flavors, caramel, and a oaky dryness. Bright sticky medium bodied palate. Interesting.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, hazy yellow-golden pour with white head, aroma has very nice notes of slight brown sugar, vanilla, oak, raisin, tannic notes as well, pretty nice. Taste is a nice mix of oak, vanilla, toffee, nice lemony notes from the oak, hints of earth, finishing fairly dry, tannic, slightly sweet. This is very nice tasting.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of toast, nuts, vanilla, toffee malts, grapes fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, light nuts, oxidation, and a semi-sweet finish. Big improvement over the standard ’10.
mcberko (4811) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out loads of musty grape skins, grape juice, Belgian yeast and light white wine. Flavour is similarly complex, with grape skins upfront, quite a bit of vinous notes, and light grape juice. The barrel aging is really done well here. Wasn’t a huge fan of the 09.09.09 base beer, but the barrel aging has transformed this into something great.
DrSilverworm (4020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Mostly hazy dark orange color. Thin kind of bubbly off-white head. Little dots of lace. Nice oaky lightly tart nose. Good citrus, lightly grapefruity taste. Little tart, some lemon peel zest. Some solid yeastiness. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. More dry, clean finish. This is a nice one. Oak really works, here.