BuckeyeBoy (2338) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy amber topped with a sand head. Nose is candy sweetness barrel malts and a nice molasses note. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweetness some oak molasses vanilla and some grapefruit bitterness.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours hazy reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and smoked malt. Thick sticky palate. Tastes of oak and vanilla up front transitioning into the caramel and molasses flavors and finishing with the smoked malt and more wood flavor on the back end.
tmoreau (1935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a snifter showing a murky, brownish amber color, with a respectable, but short-lived hat of off white, creamy foam, and later some streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was immediately woody, oak & smoke, with decent maltiness, but a slight hint of meatiness to the yeast. The flavor was a continuation of the malt, plus a very lingering, earthy, and rind-like hop bitterness that, combined with the wood, presented a similarly lingering, tanniny bite that was not altogether favorable. Soft carbonation didnít help the body seem any more than medium to me. Alcohol was noticeable but somewhat hidden. Glad I tried, but probably only a one time deal.
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Stone OíSide. Murky copper brown pour with a froth of off-white foam. Aroma is vanilla, light and dry oak, smoked malt, and clean hop bitterness. Taste has a prominent vanilla/oak character before giving way to the smoke, dense raisin and caramel, and hop bitterness on the finish. The extra oak character smoothes the beer out. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. An improvement on the base beer.