Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Sweet smell of malt, caramel, and salt. Very sweet, caramel, like a fresh Thomas hardy.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 12, 2011
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, fruity sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, fruity esters balancing phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
alexsdad06 (3803) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD 11 from??? Pours an amber brown color with a small off white head. The nose was sweeter caramel malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some earthy hops. The flavor was caramel malts, bourbon vanilla with some mild earthy bitterness to the finish. I had this early in the day, but would like to try this again in a different setting.
djd07 (2533) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bleeng at the May tasting. Pours a dark ruby with a paperthin off white head that quickly diminishes to nothing. The aroma is cinnamon and hairspray. Alcohol upfront with a smoke vanilla flavor. A decent old ale from Straight to Ale.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep amber with a nose of semi-sweet oak and light bourbon. Flavor is light bourbon with a saccharin oak finish. Thick on the tongue. Tasty beer.
coolpop (1283) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Draft. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor are very malty, lots of caramel, some earthy hops, some oak, a bit of smoke. Almost a doppelbock quality to it. Thick palate, low carbonation. Very tasty. Would definitely drink this one again. .... Sampled again at Magic City Brewfest. Delicious. Reminded me again of a doppelbock, and I liked this much better than StAís actual doppelbock.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to bleeng for sending this beer with him to the Houston May tasting. Pours a dark cola color with no head, although it did lose carbonation in the shipping. Nice Old Ale nose, with malt and some hops. Oak flavors, some light hops. Not bad.
horto008 (152) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terrific stuff here. Growler from Liquor Express. Poured with very thin and small head. Itís a cloudy dark brown in the glass. Pretty carbonated for the style. Absolutely love the bourbon notes..much more of an aftertaste than an in your face bourbon flavor. Has a floral hint that really reminds me of some of the trappiste ales. Sweet but avoids being cloying and syrupy. This is my favorite Straight to Ale brew so far. Alcohol is present but given the ABV it doesnít slap you in the face. This is the type of brew that could sneak up on you if youíre not careful.
JohnnyJ (3887) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from growler. Clear dark brown pour, with small light tan head. Caramel, sweet malts, fruit - mostly stone fruit, vanilla, and oak. Nice beer, complex and tasty.
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Liquor Express. Pours dark brown with a thin, bubbly, tan head and a light ring of lacing. The aroma is caramel, grapefruit, apricots, dates, and bourbon notes evidenced as oak and vanilla. The flavor is cloyingly sweet. The palate is huge and clingy, with a significant alcohol warming. Overall, an overpowering beer, complex and strong.