mansquito (3568) - 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.
mikem409 (1612) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep garnet with a toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of oak and very juicy fruits (apricots, pear, and pineapple).. peppery accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found sweet, but alcohol-fueled fruits and a touch of molasses at the core.. fruit, black pepper, and rye bitterness plus lots of toasty oak around.. picked up some tasty vanilla on the finish.. aggressive and very oaky, but it worked. Medium-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. buttery feel on the middle.. a little hot at times. Overall this was worth the drink.
PorterPounder (5707) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma with some bubble gum accents, some cherry notes. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some roasted accents, some vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, and some back end booziness. Mouthhfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty decent.
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark cedar color. Not very hoppy on the nose. Very smooth, oakey, malty beer. Hops are somewhat muted but still present. Very balanced imperial red.
AdamJackson (2878) - 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.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. The pour is a deep reddish-brown color with nice frothy tan head. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the glass but donít stick. The roma has fresh-cut oak with resinous hops, and lots of caramel malt. Itís a good, fairly straight forward scent. The flavors show a lot of that as well. Thereís sweet caramel, toasted almond, and bitter resinous hops with perhaps a splash of citrus. But itís the oak that turns a pretty good beer into a very good one. The regular version of this beer is just an amped up red (not really my thing). The oak softens up the core flavors while adding another element. The oak isnít overdone either where itís the only thing I think about but itís solidly there throughout.
BREWMUSKCLES (2301) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a juicy grapefruit citrus brew mellowed significantly right from the bottle with a lightly sweet banana flavor leaving it with quite a Belgian character. left alone in capped bottle overnight this one develops a Bourbon flavor and the Oaken woodiness comes on strong with alcohol and a woody finish. a bit of plasticy plum.
deyholla (7002) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a hint of grapefruit with a bit of backing sweet grain and oakiness. Flavor has much more sweet grain with a hint of vanilla and oakiness with a good amount of bitter pine in the finish.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Medium-dark caramel, some orange rind, clean booze.
Ap: Deep red - hazy - medium-small beige head with medium-low retention - leaves a thin ring and spotty covering of foam.
T: Burnt caramel and grapefruit rind, medium sweetness - strong citrus and sticky caramel - clean alcohol, vanilla, and some tannin - high bitterness.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: A big and caramel-laden hoppy beer - malt flavors are firmly caramel, with a roast accent - hop flavors still shine through boldly.