nearbeer (4239) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Nearly opaque, deep copper-brown with a half inch of foam. Light toasted oak aroma with some toffee. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, toast, peppery oak and light whiskey. Medium-heavy body is fairly smooth, lightly sticky, but well-dried by the big toasted oak finish.
mansquito (4209) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 4-pack: Pours a brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma is oak barrel, some vanilla, hops, and a healthy helping of maltiness. Taste is not particularly bitter, as the hops are somewhat attenuated. he malts are more prominent and the hops play second whistle. The oaking is clear and evident and adds some complexity. Minor bitterness. This is somewhat sweet, but not excessively so.
maxwelldeux (4171) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a small head. Strong hoppy notes to this with some grassy tones and just a faint whiff of sweetness underneath. Taste is extremely well balanced - slight bitterness, but nice malt notes to it. I don’t get much of the barrel aging in taste or smell, so that was a little disappointing for me.
Cybercat (4088) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty aroma has a very strong woody overtone of oak and dusty hay. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with woody notes, fresh-cut oak and hay, plus a malty and slightly fruity undertone. This bold flavor will overwhelm a wimpy palate - only tough beer drinkers need apply! Texture is viscous, woody and hoppy, leaving a syrupy and oaken finish that just might have you making faces. Let this monster get you hopped up.
Earlier Rating: 4/11/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.
PhillyCraft (4074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample with Tom at Khyber, notes of oak, caramel, hops, and sweet malts, lotd of hops but still balanced. Medium to fuller bodied. Pretty good, more of a hoppy barelywine.
Butters (3967) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near clear amber brown with small ring of offwhite head. Caramel, toasty, vanilla nose. Surprisingly not very boozy on the aroma, but it does show up on the flavor. Definitely oaky, but smooth, not harsh. Big malty boozy body. Kinda like a barleywine, but not as fruity or sweet. A bit of a harsh woody bite on the finish. Ends hot. Really Good, but not great.
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Total Wine Stuart. Pours a turgid brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of wood on the nose. It tastes of artificial vanilla with a bit of pine on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but it’s not something I’d drink again.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky burnt red. No head. Nose is charred oak, pineapple and pine cone taste is decent. Malty and smoky. Oak isn't dominant.
queenholly (3559) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Caramel malt, piney orange hops, wood, and alcohol aroma. Cloudy red-orange amber with a small beige head. Burnt sugar malt, oak, orange peel, and boozy flavor. Full sticky body. soft carbonation.
GenDV138 (3545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounce draft pour at ChurchKey. Ruby/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, coffee, roast, toast, light coconut. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable.