Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a growler of this for football this Sunday. Smells great, hints of orange and vanilla, but really complex. Goes down very smooth (relatively low ABV for the Bruery), but the taste is a little thin -- which is close to the only flaw in this brew. This is far from an ambitious drink, but agreeable and should go great with a variety of meals.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewery. Rating #13. Dark amber with a nice tan head. Aroma was light hops with a bit of caramel maltiness. Flavor was light hops again with a bit of rich malt to round it out, very drinkable and quite delicious overall, a highlight of the day. (1426)
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to luckyhank - brought to tasting on 11/20/10. deep red pour with a 1 finger white head which lasts throughout. vanilla nose with oak and light hops. medium body with more bitterness, light fruit, banana and a floral character. oak, bitter finish with lingering vanilla. very enjoyable drinkable red with a nice barrel addition.
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber color/ viscous ivory head. Awesome fruity, spicy, citrusy, juniper, pine sap, lumber mill green chain aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Fresh floral hop, caramel flavors with spicy fresh juniper, spruce wood- very good
bhensonb (13621) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Beverages 4 Less in Santee.nPours clear dark ruddy copper with a 3 finger creamy off-white head. Aroma is very citrusy/grapefruity/hoppy. Flavor has a lot of oak, some mild roast malt, and a very great deal of citrus/grapefruit rind. Very nice.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, strawberry, oak, and light citrus. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, toffee and sage. Overall body is moderate, soft, and finishes lightly bitter. Extremely well balanced and interesting.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Provisions. Pours a reddish amber with a medium off white creamy head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits and nuts. Flavor of toffee dark fruits, nuts and citrus notes.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip, brownish amber with big fluffy tan head that stays around for a long time. Aroma of big piney and grapefruit hops, toasted caramel malt, and fresh oak. Taste is mildly sweet and nutty, with medium bitterness. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable and different beer!
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had high hopes for this beer before I tried it. It is well crafted, and I love the idea to barrel age a red ale. But I felt that the dry hopping is too much of a contradicting flavor for this beer.
But again. Well crafted
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loakal pours a dark red color. The head on this beer is crazy as you can see. It took over my glass.
A really good mixture here of hops and oak. Hops give off a citrus, grapefruit and pine aroma. On the other side is the oak and a hint of caramel. Really nice and inviting.
The taste is pretty complex for a red and has a lot going on. Itís still nicely hopped and it gives off a good amount of bitterness. But thereís aspects I didnít pick up in the aroma. Vanilla, earthiness, and spice. Then bring in the nice backbone of oak and caramel and you have the a perfect marriage of all the ingredients. Nothing gets in the way of each other and they all come through nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and sticky.