sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 2007: Dark brown pour with a dark tan head. Aroma, maple, caramel, molasses. Flavor, fruity, some sugary sweetness, very malty beer, and the wood comes through nicely. Medium-full body, glad I got to try it. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Draft at Rehoboth Beach brewpub; listed as 14% ABV on the chalk menu above the bar. Dark black center; medium tan head with attractive lacing. Generous aroma: milk chocolate, olives, cedary / woodsy notes; hints of black licorice and cotton candy. Very sweet, sugary mouthfeel: chocolate, licorice, oaky / toasty notes, hints of marshmallow and slightly buttery; the wood aging seems to add all kinds of flavors to this beer; it’s a bit hot right now, but incredibly satisfying and complex. Long, bitter-chocolate finish, showing hints of vanilla. wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Had this at the November extreme beer dinner. Delicious. The smokey, wood flavor is excellent. By the end of the glass though, the alcohol really began to stand out. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Draft at Rehobeth Beach, served in a snifter. The board says its 14% and 35 IBUs. Pours deep brown with a nice frothy brown head. Aroma of wood mulch, nutshells, and caramel. Soft carbonation in the mouthfeel. Initial brown ale flavor of brown sugar and caramel, some hints of cocoa, but then it quickly gets overpowered by the alcohol. Warming and dry woody flavor on the finish. Boy, this beer had a lot of alcoholic kick to it. I am not sure a brown ale is meant to have this type of ABV, as it really overpowers the beer. The wood aging definitely helped pull this together. However, I did enjoy this and would have no problem drinking again. This has potential to be an amazing beer.
Bottled version. Sampled at 50 degrees. Pours a deep coffee brown, almost stout like, with a one finger brown head that dissipates to a ring. Very inviting nose of cocoa powder, dark roast, and wood mulch. Short initial flavor of nuts, molasses, and roasted malts that quickly transitions to aggressive plummy and red wine flavors. Semi-dry and oaky finish is warming with a strong vodka like alcohol presence (not quite as aggressive as the initial draft version). I am going to bump the aroma from 6 to 8 and the overall from 14 to 15.