SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
bottle hooked up by BBB63. notes of bright, bitter dark chocolate moderate-heavy roast, touch of cream. really nice dark roast character. dry. prob the best beer i’ve had from back road. touch of wet oak. pretty nice. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Tasted in March ’08. Citrusy and floral hops, light roast, and light wood in the aroma. Taste is woodsy, floral, with light citrus. Moderate bitterness lingers into the finish. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2008
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body capped by a small, khaki-colored head.
Smell: What an oaken odor! Wood, fresh lumber, ground up saplings, some soil, even the birds once living in those majestic oak trees.
Taste: Black malt with a touch of creosote. The oak flavor is definitely at the forefront from beginning to end. Sharp bitterness. Finishes still quite wooden, with a touch of smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A very well crafted oak-aged beer. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Kinda against the grain a little I suppose, but this one just didnt do it for me completely. Hoppy, chalky, lighth chocolate, not.....then my notes got cut off. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2008
growler from BBB63. Black pour. tan head. Big aromas of fresh lumber. Hints of red grapefruit zest. Flavors of spearmint, chocolate. Finishes with a big wood, bitter hoppiness. Thanks Mike!
BCMike22 (94) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Smells spicy, almost sour. Poured into snifter glass. Reddish brown, not quite pure back. Oak taste is prominent, almost overpowering. Lasting aftertaste, almost what you would expect in a nice scotch w/a smoky flavor. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, roast, and some juicy grapefruit hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, and a bitter juicy grapefruit hop finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Hand-bottled from a growler thanks to BBB63: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing white head. Complex aroma of fresh woody oak and a touch of grapefruity hops and lightly sweet dark malts. Body starts fairly full with a decent malty sweetness and a good amount of fresh oak and bittering hops before a peppery, drier, slightly earth finish. A unique and enjoyable India Dark Ale (IDA). Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Pours a dark, caramel brown with a thin mocha head. The nose is of piny and grapefruit hops, vanilla and roasted malt; interesting but a bit hard to wrap my head around. Medium-bodied and fairly thin, it has soft carbonation and a dry, woody, resinous finish. The flavor is an interesting combination of grapefruit and resinous hop notes followed by young oak at the dry finish. This is a pretty tasty beer. Thanks for sending us this one, Mike! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: black, big tan head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet oak aroma with a touch of roasted malt and sweet citrus,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: big oak flavor balanced with lots of citrus hops, bitterness rises out of the oak, chocolate and roasted crawls out from beneath the oak to add complexity,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20