jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Zeno’s. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is surprisingly tame for an RIS: some roastiness and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, oak, vanilla and a little bourbon. Long dry oak finish. Solid but unspectacular RIS. Too dry for my tastes.
orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lots of dark roast, oak and some light chocolaty sweetness. The oak is strong throughout. A touch of booze creeps in as it warms up.
T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast quickly giving way to lots of dry oak tannins, light chocolatey sweetness and some lightly charred wood. The booze is hidden well, only noticeable once it has come to room temperature. The finish is a mix of dark roast and dry oak, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Big bodied with plenty of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. The oak is strong throughout, combining with plenty of dark roast to linger on the pallet long after consumption.
O - This one was pretty good but it really isn’t anything special. The booze is hidden well but the oak is a little too strong for my liking. Yet another winner from the scratch series.
Beerathon (794) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with tannish thick head. The oak aging comes through in both the aroma and taste. 9.1 ABV, but it tasted stronger than that. A good bitter hops/malt balance.