holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hopleaf in a snifter. Pours a jet black with a creamy beige head. Lots of meaty wood smoke comes off the nose. Black patent roast comes through as well with some undertones of red fruit. Real roasty and smokey flavors with vanilla, figs, raisins, and a strong wooden bitterness at the end. Really tasty. Balanced well.
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Itís really hard to say definitively if this is just shy of the awesomeness of the bourbon smoking wood. I had the tap version of that at a 4.6 and the slightly meatier bottle version a 4.4 or so. This isnít quite as smooth as the bb version on tap, not as meaty as the bb bottled. Yet another great beer from the Bruery either way. Slight smoke, chocolate, roast, whiskey...very nice."
zvsn (622) - ISRAEL - SEP 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Bruery tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Deep brown almost opaque black with a small tan head. Very rich aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, peat, coffee, vanilla, oak, soya and carobs. Taste - sweet, roasty flavors with chocolate, coffee and caramel notes, prunes, licorice, vanilla and smoky undertones, very complex and well balanced. Rather full bodied, syrupy and sticky on palate, smooth mouthfeel. Getting better and interesting while warms up. Can sip this beer all night long. Wow!
Sunni05 (32) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WOW!!! That's all I can say! Nice wood aroma...the smell of barrels. I've never had rye whiskey before but this could make me try it. Nice smoky flavor. You can taste the alcohol as you sip. Warms the throat for sure. I'll buy more of this while it's still around.
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rayaron (174) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark black with quickly diminishing low brown head. Great aroma of blue cheese, dark chocolate, woody, licorice, vanilla. Very complex flavor, vanilla, smoked malt, dark chocolate, soya, licorice. Mouthful and creamy. Heavy body. Sweetish aftertaste. Amazing beer!
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Heavy barrel aromas of oak, vanilla and iodine, along with notes of molasses, toasted nuts, and chocolate syrup. Tastes a bit like a smoky Islay scotch, salt, dried fruit, and more chocolate syrup. Heavy bodied and not lacking in boozy heat. An intense experience. Definitely a sipping beer.
RumRunner101 (774) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is lightly smoked, dark malt, oak. Tons of flavour and really well integrated flavours from the spicy rye, barrels, smoke, and dark malts. Alcohol is noticeable but not burning for 13%. Really nice.
Cybercat (3342) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich sable with a thick, though effervescent, dark tan head. Aroma has a strong woody whisky overtone, plus notes of roast malt and molasses and a hint of horehound. Smoky wood dominates the flavor, backed up by malty, rye, molasses and miso tones. Viscous, oily texture has a strong fizz and leaves a smoky, woody, earthy finish. Iím confident that you "wood" love this one!
merc7186 (2122) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smokey, Sweet Bourbon
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Bourbon, Smoked Malts
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
skortila (4537) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. The aroma has peated smoke tones, coffee, roast. Black coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is moderate bitter, has sweetness, raisin, peat. The finish a bit thin.
andrewje41 (464) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft pour at Bambinos. Pours near black with a boozy, caramel, almost off putting aroma, but with the high abv, it grows on you. That being said, unbelievably smooth flavor. Love this beer, and very unique too. Dark fruit and slight cherry flavor with a nice wood chip smokey background. Really nice, smokey strong beer without the boozy flavor. Such a good beer here. Very impressed.