slowrunner77 (7864) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Here’s a beer that the oak aging really did a number on the base, and in a very good way. I liked the black ale, but thought it a little rough around the edges and sweet. The oak toned those thing down while maintaining everything that was good in the original. Really liked this!"
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Jen. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, raisin, oak, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with nice chocolate, roast, molasses, with light booze finish. Very nice.
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle c&c thanks to Chris. Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Nose is smoke oak milk chocolate and pit fruit. Taste is as the nose with lots of smoke a good sweetness and the oak notes.
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
who smokes a cigar on a plane? .. . pours a deep grandfathers shoe .. . mild foam .. . mild vanilla, oak, dog, cork, and light barrel .. . medium mouth .. . good but lacks a wow factor .. . . one for your mate! ya mad bugger!
Huhzubendah (3095) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is near black with a small tan head. The aroma offers roast, pine, chocolate, oak. Wood flavors emerge more in the flavor. Nicely balanced. Chocolate notes and a pine finish. Notes of vanilla emerge as the beer opens up. A touch of molasses. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-09-2012
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, wood, and raisins. Flavor of chocolate, pepper, vanilla, herbs, and dark fruit.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color. Bit of smoke in the nose. Dark fruit with oak, chocolate, sweet. Low carb, medium thick body. Pretty solid.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a bottle at Stone’s 16th Anniversary Festival. The appearance is a deep dark brown hue without too much head. The nose is full of black malts, figs, and floral accented pepper with some light oak smells. The flavors are baker’s chocolate, peppercorn, nice figs and dried fruit, tasty oak but not the usual grainy variety. The flavor profile has a lot of unique characteristics that you just don’t find in beers, and they work wonderfully together. Smooth, flavorful, and well melded. The oak addition is nice but only adds minimally to the overall enjoyment of a base beer I already love.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured near black with a thin, light tan head. Got a lot of the virgin oak tones here. Was very effervescent in that sense. Reminded me of fresh cut wood. Malt sweetness and cocoa came into play too with dark fruits and vanilla. Quite nice.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown pour, light tan head. Aroma has some light roast, raisins, vanilla, oak, and cocoa. Flavor is a bit sweet, some oak, a little try on the finish, some molasses and roasted malt. Interesting brew!