IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Draft at the Bistro’s First Barrel-aged Beer Fest; Oak aged for 9 weeks; Nose of coffee and chocolate; clear brown, small beige head; flavor of coffee, oak, and caramel malt in a kind of thin body.I had put this under the regular but moved since I saw it was added! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pretty disappointed with this beer. I was looking forward to an oaked porter but...well. On to the review. A slightly oaky aroma with a roasty/dark chocolate character, and a bit of vanilla. Tastes somewhat sour with an earthy hook to keep things from falling apart. Finish is slightly bitter. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Tap, O’Briens 8/19/06. Pours very black in color. Not quite pitch black. Pretty foam free. Roasted coffee is dominant. Sweet malty flavor. Pretty full flavored and roasty. A slight bit of bitterness with a smooth mouthfeel. Fairly complex with a little bit of whiskey. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Growler from the brewery: Initial sniff has a hint of whiskey. Black in color with just a hint of purple, held up to a flashlight and a small, fading light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate with coffee and cream and a hint of licorice as it warms. Flavor starts with a little coffee followed by bitter sweet chocolate and a little whiskey in the finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with modest carbonation.