SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour produces a dark brown, somewhat murky body that displays a quick-lived tan head.
Dark musty caramel aroma with dark dried fruits.
The flavor hits heavy and doesn’t wait to sneak in there. Anise, unsweetened chocolate. old raisins, very complex.
It might be interesting to lay a bottle or two of this back back.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Market Square. Murky dark brown pour with a tan head. Nose is strong boozy oakiness, cigar paper, caramel, burned sugars with hints of dark fruit. Flavor profile is weird and confusing with oak, dried salty plums, peanuts, minerals and caramel. Theres some other characteristics i cant quite put my finger on. Super weird and bastardized beer.
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room. Toasty cherry and oak flavors. Not at all sweet, oak adds complexity not found in others I’ve tasted. I think I could drink this all night except it’s so strong. Very smooth, intriguing complexity. Remained smooth as I let it warm. YUM!
jbruner (2817) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown from the bomber with a thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malts and oak, kind of like most oak aged ales. Taste follows smell, but maltier than the smell and a bit of an alcohol burn on the way down. Enjoyable, but intense, not sure if I would ever drink another...good thing it’s limited release.
obguthr (4360) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weak oak nose. Hazy copper, thin yellow head. Oak and cranberry flavor. Hints of smoke. Not hot.
tia (1110) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ 18th RG. Medium brown with cream head. Smells like dubble bubble plus a lemon note. Spare and dry with hips kicking in late. Light then hoppy with long hoppy finish- seems a little unintegrated. Get more of the oak as it warms.
Butters (3930) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Brown pour with thin layer tan head. too heavy on the oak. Can’t really get much else from it. Fruity, earthy, floral, nutty, heavy woody tannins. I guess there is some complexity here, but I can’t really get it out. Maybe it just needs to age a little? Probably one of my least favorites of the series.
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany, reddish-brown, thin head. The rich aroma carries for quite the distance ... cooked sugar, rich malt, caramel. None of those essences even begin to hint at the monstrous cacophony of big-a$$ flavors lurking in this brew. Big, chewy licorice/caramel, baked brown sugar, alcohol. Don’t think this is an easy-going one ... this is a slow sipper, but delicious. (#4619, 6/21/2012)
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Murky reddish-brown in color with a thin graham cracker colored head that diminishes pretty quickly but hangs out for a while on the glass’ edges. Good aroma; notes of wood, light vanilla, bready malt, booze, faint toffee, and even a touch of tin can. Extremely thick and oily on the palate. Full bodied to say the least. Wow, taste is extremely interesting and unique! Taste starts off slightly sweet with small doses of fig and raisin before bitter blast of sprucey/earthy hops takes over...all of this with a medium malty spine supporting it. The finish is all about the oak and it lingers long and even re-emerges if you swallow again. One of the more intriguing beer tastes I"ve had in a while. Too much of the wood/oak keeps it from being perfect, but a great beer overall. Kudos to Terrapin for their creativity here!
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep amber almost brown with a thick white head. No lacing. Flavor has some smoke some toffee some caramel and a gritty finish. There is a lot going on here and not sure if it is all working too well together. Bits and pieces are nice but combined comes out a little messy. Maybe it needs a little time to chill. The oak ageing is coming through in some woody peaty flavors. Finish is pretty quick, pretty sweet and a little resiny. This might be better in a year or so after the flavors meld together in a more cohesive palate.