ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The aroma is nice and hoppy with subtle oak. The taste is very good. The hops are strong, but not overwhelming and not bitter at all. The oak does some nice flavoring to it.
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Gachupines (746) - USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with a thick off white head. Aroma is vanilla with some resin pine hops. Flavor is a big hit of vanilla oak followed by a bit of resinous hops. Very mellow finish with a touch of sweet malt.
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.
Pours red/copper with a one finger beige head that recedes to a light foamy cap and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.
Aroma is pine, earthy and grassy hops, some citrus, toffee & caramel malt and dark fruit, some oak and vanilla notes come through as well. Very good strength.
Flavor is citrus, pine and resinous hops, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, a bit of oak, fairly sweet but with enough bitterness to help balance it out. Minimal alcohol.
Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, creamy, a bit sticky, good carbonation.
Equally as good, if not a touch better than the regular stuff. The oak aging is a little subdued and just offers another little layer of complexity to this fine brew.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This thing is so good, it makes me want to try the regular version again. Nose is loaded boldly with grassy hops equally balanced with woody bourbon. The flavor starts out sweet with dark maple syrup flavors quickly giving way to warm toffee and booze notes. Walks a fine line between a barrel aged ale and a hoppy IIPA/barleywine, and does it well.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly opaque brownish ruby color. Tan/off white head, good lacing. very malty aroma, little bit of pine from the hops. Nice oak aroma and flavor. The oak really makes this beer subtle...which is scary.
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This could pass for a weak barley wins. The oak adds a ton of vanilla and pushes the balance from hops to malt, IMO. Still a great beer, but I think I like the regular version more.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. Somewhat typical of most amber ales, the head has a one finger offwhite shade with a wonderful creaminess to it. It fades away to a thin collar fairly quick, but leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: This one is somewhat intriguing, to say the least. The first thing I note is aged piny hops along side a large caramel backbone. When given a chance to open up, the aroma shifts slightly toward vanilla, toffee, oak, and chocolate. Hints of booze also appear.
T: At first, mild hints of hops hit the palate...and when I mean mild, I mean nearly non-existent to my hop-discerning palate. The finish is fairly sweet vanilla mixed with some toffee. To me, the general flavor profile is hard to identify - it comes across as a weird, almost musty caramel sweetness. There’s too much flavor muddling here for me to give a great score.
M: I like the creaminess of the texture a lot. It’s a bit thin, and oaky tannins boost its drinkability at the cost of some softness. Carbonation is a touch low.
O: Not bad, just strange. The absolute closest comparison I can make to this is a 4-month old bottle of Nugget Nectar crossed with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I wouldn’t seek this out again, but I wouldn’t refuse it, either.
Emeister84 (634) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of grapes, caramel, resin, honey, and citrus fruit. Hazy, dark orange with a minimal, off-white head. Slightly sweet, strong, and bitter, with some cherry flavors, and hints of cocoa. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and finishes with fruity flavors, booze, and hop bitterness.
Stldsf1 (613) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perfect balance of hops and oaky goodness. Very smooth. Deep copper pour. Smidge of caramel. Good beef
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Fritz123 (561) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton. Snifter. Deep amber red with thick head. Serious lacing. Very oaked on the nose with caramel, sugar malts and leather. Taste is similar with oak, leather, sweet malts, caramel, and spices. Oily, but smooth. Great oaked and slight booze finish. Very good.