EithCubes (5308) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged, bottle on XXX 25 2012 -- I think APR, but it’s smudged, could be SPT. Nose a little boozy, heavy maple syrupy, heavier oak and vanilla, a little more alcohol, but not really smoke (old bottle or mischaracterized?). Love the malt depth here, light caramel and some berry, would be an acceptable bourbon at this point. Pours russetted dark brown with a blink-and-you-miss it head. Gently crisp medium body, only a step above flat, strips the tongue slightly at first as peat, there’s just a little hint of smoke though it’s slight enough to be imagined. All the main players again, maple and oak and vanilla, and some of the spice you sometimes find leached in from oak. Tastewise, the alcohols are supremely well-integrated, but the inner core is unfortunately hollowed out. No sign of smoke for me. Wish they wouldn’t leave it in the barrels so long, the oak is killing off all the complexity here.
MadRobin (2505) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750ml bottle.
Mucky (with fine sediment), rusty brown with a 3-finger light tan head and fair to good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, raisins, bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt and smoked meat.
Taste of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, plums, raisins, toasted malt, dried sweet dates, oak and spices.
Full/medium body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-4-12
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a deeper brown color that when in the snifter looks almost black. When held up to the light however a ruby red glow is seen through the beer. Upon pouring there is a rather thin off white that fades quite fast to leave a medium amount of lacing and a thin film on the surface of the beer.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a smoky and roasty malt and brown bread smell. Mixed with this is some warming bourbon-boozy aroma as well as a lighter dark fruit aroma
Taste – The flavor is very heavy of malt upfront. A strong brown bread flavor is the first thing detected by the tongue and acts as a base for the beer. Quickly a small amount of dark fruit is detected by the tongue which sweetens the brown bread flavor even more. A bourbon and smoky flavor are the to be sensed. They enter around the same point as the fruit , but are initially weaker , but as the taste moves forward they grow stronger and stronger. At the end there is a increase in roasty and pure alcohol flavor which leave a very warming in the mouth and the body. It is very nice.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level average as well. While the brew likely would have done better with a thicker body and a lighter level of carbonation, really allowing all those roasty and boozy flavors time to sit on the tongue, the mouthfeel is by no means bad.
Overall – A tasty and boozy brew at only ~ 8.1 %. It has a good flavor profile and transitions. Well worth a try.
Beerdedone (3062) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and smoke. Flavor of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, mild smoke and had some notes of toffee. Med-full body, average carbonation, dry finish.
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy, dark amber/mahogany color with a creamy head. Oak notes up front with sweet maltiness.
Lingers on the palate with a rich oak ones and very mild hint of bourbon.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On the 8th Day of Christmas 2013...Pours chestnut brown with a off white head. Aroma is smoke, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet with some acrid bitters from the smoke. Medium bodied with some stickiness. The barrel aging really quells the smokiness and adds some sweetness. I’m a fan, this is delicious.
Boutip (5362) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugars is quite dominant with some very subtle light smoky notes and some light oak/bourbon notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix between some light smoky notes with some bourbon notes and some heavy caramelized malt with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is not very apparent. There is less smoke notes than I was hoping for and bit too much residual sugar s for my taste.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this is actually good, the but in and oak complement each other great, it’s pretty tasty
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by jortiz82. Poured a clear dark ruby color with a small sized slightly off-white head. Aroma. Aroma is some light smokey malts, vanilla notes, wood. Flavor was nice, smooth vanilla wood notes, some light dark fruits. Pretty darn good.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, lors d’une mini dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de fumée et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #4790)
zickbeer_ye (409) - Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice malty, grapey, smoked ham, and alc. Off white head and nice brown body with nice orange golden highlights throughout. Nice crisp smoke and spice flavors and slight fruit notes at the end. Smooth crisp clean on palate.