corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy dark copper color that’s completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet malt aroma with hints of dry oak, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit. Slightly earthy with a musty wood character followed by leather, caramel and toffee. As it warms the dark fruit notes come out with hints of plum, raisin and fig. There’s also a slight diacetyl cream presence but it’s pretty faint.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that’s countered by leathery and sweet malts, zesty spice, earthy hops and vinous fruit. Tastes like virgin oak barrels were used with lots of dry, ashy oak that slightly overpowers the other flavors. After it warms, there is some leathery malt and boozy heat but it’s lacking the sweetness and complexity that the nose suggests. The diacetyl character is gone but it’s lacking in complexity with lots of wooden toothpick flavor, leathery malt and boozy heat. The ABV us poorly masked and the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are very faint. I was really excited to try this beer but it was a bit of a letdown.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Santa. Pours clear copper with white head. Aromas of tons of sweet malt, herbal notes, earthy hops, caramel, and spices. Flavors of sweet herbal malts, sweet caramel, earthy hops, some spices. Palate is thick and messy. One of the few Terrapin brews I didn’t care for.
Beerman6686 (4427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a semi murky medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of wood, soapy hops, some dark fruits and toffee. Flavor was mainly light roast and dried fruits with mild fruity notes. interesting, but nothing stands out much.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a hazy medium brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of wood, caramel, toffee and a spicy finish. The taste is strong peppery wood notes, herbal hops, apples and toffeeish malts that are kinda buried. Medium-full bodied, linger bitterness, low carbonation. A little bit of a mess, but decent.
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates rather quickly. Hoppy aroma with some spruce, and perfume along with some cherry cordial and sweet malts. Dark mahagony brown in color. Nutmeg, more pine and some hazelnuts in the flavor along with a light roastyness and a bit of gritty and dry bitterness. Light alcohol presence. Finishes dry and a bit chalky with a slight spicyness and roasted malts. A pretty good american strong ale.
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 7/28/12
Aroma: The nose has a lot going on, including: wood/oak, caramel, vanilla, earth, trees, and grass
Appearance: This one pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and light-medium lace
Flavor: The taste of this beer is fairly complex as well, there seems to be a lot going on in this one, with malty sweetness, booze, and a some hoppy flavors all present, however the oak definitely dominates
Palate: This one is full bodied, the almost 10% ABV is surprisingly almost completely free of heat, it has a fairly thick, sticky, and almost chewy mouthfeel, and it concludes with a fairly lengthy, dry finish
This is a pretty interesting beer. I certainly didn’t know what to expect when I first opened it, but what I got was rather unique. There was a lot going on here, but it didn’t really feel that muddled. I’d be curious to see how this one ages, I get the feeling it would evolve quite a bit, though I can’t really get a feel for what that evolution would do to the beer.
Damico (2613) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours unclear thick amber in color with a sandy head. The aroma is a bit of lemon citrus and then the wooden oak dominates for sure with a bit of booze. Brings oak flavors dominating again, no vanilla but more dry notes on the end.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from richdorchak, thanks Rich! Pours a cloudy, deep ruby tinted brown body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is very woody, but there is still a good amount of sweet, slightly bready caramels as well as some dark fruits. A decent amount of citrusy florals and light pines make their way through the woodiness along with a touch of chocolate and a bunch of vanilla. A bit of rye spice note from the wood too. Flavor is similar. Lots of dry wood up front with a bunch of dark caramels, citrusy hops, and some dark fruits. Wood gets a bit spicy in the middle with some light pine notes and florals. A touch of chocolate again towards the end as the wood continues to grow before this finishes very dry and moderately bitter with a slightly sticky sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, ever-so-slightly chewy body and a lively, moderate carbonation. Overall, this wasn’t bad, but it was way too woody for me. If the wood was toned down I’d probably get into this a little more.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Strong American ale. Good tasty dtrong malt and hops flavor.
jtclockwork (8595) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown with light brown head. Nose/taste of sharp oak, vanilla, black walnuts, caramel and dark fruits. The wood and dark walnut/nuts dominate the palate. Finishes dry wood with some vanilla and dark fruits mixed in. Solid beer.