FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was invitingly strong coffee, vanilla, cocoa, wood, licorice and molasses. The flavor disappointed with bitter and dry malts, coffee, licorice, wood and touches of cocoa, tar, burnt malts and cookie dough. The finish was long with burnt malts and coffee. Full bodied. A bit lacking overall but decent.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz hand bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, oak, subtle vanilla, and coffee.
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Exiled) near black with oily tan bubbles. Nose of cedar, coffee, espresso, sweet chocolate, and graham cracker. Taste of bitter coffee, huge wood, cocoa with an excellent smooth finish. The body was a bit thinner than expected. Had hoped for a more viscous beer. Despite this simple complaint it was excellent!
cpetrone84 (1480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Fathead’s drinkin fresh.
A-pours a jet black opaque liquid, motor oil style, with a dark tan colored head that is dense and creamy leaving a pretty solid lacing all over the glass.
S-the nose is big and quite nice, lots of milk chocolate and vanilla up front, notes of oak, faint roasted coffee, anise with some malty sweetness in the back with notes of fusel alcohol.
T-rich milk chocolate and vanilla, lots of tasty roasted coffee, faint hints of oak and a light coffee bitterness at the finish.
M-huge full body and very smooth and creamy. soft with just enough carbonation to hold up the back end but allow it to slide down the back of the throat.
D-extremely tasty with tons of coffee flavors but some other things going on as well. great texture from the oatmeal.
smith4498 (3062) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Vine & Barley. Pours black with brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and wood. Similar flavors. The barrel ageing hasn’t had as much affect as I was hoping. Still a nice brew. Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. I think I like the original version slightly better.
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tampa Wkly Gathering @Datz-on tap-pours brown bubbles for a head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-jalepeno/coffee. Taste is dark malt-jalepeno/coffee, some earthy hops. Soft/minimum carbonation.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at redlight. Pours a pitch black color with a light brown around the edge and topped by a small film of tan colored foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with no lace left behind. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, roasted barley, and a touch of oats. There is a touch of oak and vanilla in there as well, but the chocolate and coffee are dominant. The flavor follows the same theme with the bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee up front while hints of oats, earthy hops, and touch of vanilla are detected on the back end. There isn’t much there from the oak, which is dissapointing for sure. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, but a touch thinned compared to the base beer and a long, roasted coffee finsh. It’s still a good beer, but I had high hopes for this one.
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to exiled, thick brown color with sticky legs, and a rich roast coffee and Pall Mall aroma, flavors of ashtray, roast nuts, espresso, chocolatey thick finish
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle thanks to exiled. Pours like ink with a small tan head that fades. Aroma is tobacco, ashy, earthy, bitter, cookie, chocolate, coffee. Taste is earthy, coconut, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, and nutty. Silky mouthfeel with light carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. The body is nearly black, showing just a bit of mahogany brown when strongly backlit. A very thin brown film dissipates into a skinny ring around the edge, leaving no lacing behind. Aromas are of dark, bittersweet chocolate, roasty coffee, and toasted barley, with hints of cooked oats and a little fresh, oaky vanilla character. Flavors follow suit, mainly based in baker’s chocolate, barley and oat grain roast, and day-old coffee bitterness, hinting at some earthen hops on the back end. The oak hasn’t added much, and in fact, I don’t think the chocolate or coffee are as robust as they are in the base beer (perhaps just a batch difference). The biggest surprise (read: disappointment) comes on the palate, where the substance is relatively lacking, and the consistency is semi-dry, almost to the point of being chalky on the finish. While it’s a good brew, it is quite disappointing when compared to fresh batches of regular Wake-N-Bake from a couple years ago.