Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: Hazed dark brown-amber body with a short lived crown of khaki bubbly head that settles to an alligator skin film on top.
S: Robust roasted caramel malt, toffee, timidly smoked oak, orange dish soap, vanilla, figs, apples peels, pumpernickel bread and dirty barley.
T/M: Huge flavors bursting into a robust malted beast with vanilla oak, smoldered barley and spicy-floral hops. Bready yeast, flowers, orange oil, figs soaked in spiced rum. This is similar to a barley wine style ale. Coffee comes out faintly in the background once swallowed. Full mouthfeel that is dense and chewy with moderate effervescence. Finish is dry with lingering bartlett pears, oak and pippali pepper.
O: A definite big boy beer. Robust and complex with big roasted malts and a great bombardment of spiced and floral hops. This is a beer I will always look forward to. Cheers!
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark clear amber with sticky off white lacing. Smell is sticky sweet caramel, pine hops. Taste follows suit but oak really pokes through. Reminds me more of an american barleywine. Good.
gerbewa (253) - - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had four pack from Holmes. This seems a lot like oaked arrogant bastard. Slight oaky flavor with big malty and slightly boozy backbone. It says big hoppy but the hoops are over powered by oak and malt.
BadAprilia1000 (401) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy red color with little head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is very warm, chocolate and roasty malt tones, some caramel, with a lot of oak on the finish. Taste is very smooth, begins with a bright citrus hoppy note followed by a wonderful dark roast, maybe a bit of smoke, malt with the oak once again present. Overall a fantastic beer, easy to drink, and big on flavor without feeling the surprising 10.6% ABV on our bottle, although here it is listed at 9.1%
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at Food Bank bottle share, copper brownish pour. piney hops, rich toffee maltiness, vanilla & oak notes. everything blended together very wel. Very nice
novice101 (308) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a brown copper color with a small off white head that doesn’t linger long. Smells of oaks and a bit of hoppyness towards the end. Taste is first fairly sweet vanilla and oak, followed by a balance of hop bitterness, piny. Nice beer alcohol is very well hidden
FROTHINGSLOSH (6538) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a plum-brown color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was toffee, pine, resin and leather. The flavor was bitter with a sour caramel note, toffee, wood, smoke, fig, pine, resin, leather and noted alcohol. Long finish of toffee, caramel, fig, resin, leather and booze. Moderately full bodied. Pretty tasty.
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m starting to think that oak aging beers does something to the hops. I can’t think of one that ever had much in the way of hop aroma. It could be the aging fades the more volatile hop aromatics, but I’m not really sure most oaked beers spend much more time between brewing and my mouth despite any wood aging.
That being said, the wood is very present and in a good way. Vanilla, toasted wood. Almost pineapple in the finish.
Ed5388 (3109) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber color with a finger of off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, earthy and piney hops, wood, and boozy. Taste is caramel, toffee, alcohol, oak, with a piney woody hop bite in the finish.
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some oak, cherry and toffee notes. The flavor is full of oak, dark fruit, toffee, pine and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.