awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the PP SA Fest. Pours a murky, ruddy amber color with a thick layer of fizzy off-white head. Oaky nose thats dripping with vanilla and caramel. A bit of green raisin fruit esters and some pungent white pine hops lurk in the background. The oak character is intensely prominent and dominating, although it’s presence is welcome in the aroma. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Some rich caramel malt sweetness up front, but this gives way to a massive tsunami of oak that crushes the palate. Before getting overly tannic, some pleasing vanilla notes come through. The edges are well rounded and integrated up front, but they get out of control in the second half of the palate, climaxing in an offensive display of alcohol heat, tannic oak, and pungently resinous hops that have retained their bitterness qualities but lost their flavor complexities. Interesting concept, and actually an improvement in some ways over the normal DB, but the finish just didn’t work for me. Smelled great, though.
dansac (20) - Loa Angeles, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not crazy about this one. Too viscous, unbalanced; malts are cloying, bittering hops are totally forward, but taste is rather simple, despite the aggressiveness. Just a big, big american ale, which i think could have been tipped over into a decent barleywine with some work.
gripweed57 (436) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. 2013 vintage. 11.25 % ABV. Pours dark amber color with a creamy beige head. Rich toasted malt aroma with notes of vanilla, slight oak, burnt caramel and dark fruit. Intense bittersweet toasted malt flavor has hints of burnt sugar, currants, roasted beets and vanilla. Big cloying, chewy mid taste. Finish is bitter and dry, long and spicy.
KansaiBeerLvrs (875) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color, good foam. Piney hop aroma with a piney & slightly citrus flavor. Somewhat acidic with a strong warming feeling. Solid.
mfrato (94) - - AUG 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at backcountry pizza. Smokey oakey sweet delicious amazing beer. Beautiful red color. Oakey aroma.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at SIBF 2013. Ruddy, hazy orange. Smells exactly how you’d think it would -- it’s DB with oak. Like a double IPA with a bunch of extra malt thrown in, and bumped up a notch with the wood. Oak comes through more in the flavor than in the aroma -- it’s got just the right amount. Biggest note: vanilla. Could be from the oak, but it really tastes like there were vanilla beans actually in the brew. A little hot, but not too much so. Really liked this one a lot.
mcberko (4805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PIB, pours a hazy amber orange with a small beige head. Aroma of wood chips, caramel, and still quite a big punch. Flavour brings out loads of wood chips, caramel, and piney hops. A nice mix of wood and hops, with a solid caramel malt backbone. Very solid stuff.
BK7 (622) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Portland International BeerFest. Can definitely find the oak in this already outstanding brew. Strong alcohol burn at the end. Tasty.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ PIB... Poured deep reddish with a thin head. Nose had big time oak presence. Quite woody with a decent amount of malt sweetness and some booze. Thick mouthfeel, complex with yeast esters stone fruit characters. Toasted, charred grains, with oak and caramel or toffee too.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Clear copper body with medium beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some oak, alcohol warming. Soft medium-full body, some resin.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sweet pineapple, earthy piney hop, coffee
Palate: extremely filling.
Flavor: sweet pineapple, earthy bready malt, piney hop, black breakfast tea, coffee; coffee fades as bitter pine takes over on the finish.
Comment: liquid bread