ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: Served up a clouded, ruddy-looking, russet-toned body with a thin, creamyish, near-white head.
Smell: Bready, toasted malts encrusted with caramelized sugars, beer-soaked raisins, hints of vanilla sugar, citrusy hops, and zesty oak wood.
Taste: Caramel as well as bready, toasty malts followed by layers of sweetness with another helping of brown sugar joining in. Raisiny fruitiness, later a bit of cooked apricots. Very small amount of vanilla. The citrusy, earthy hops, lightly bitter throughout, mingle well with the woodsy tannins from the French oak chips. Soft oakiness on the warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A big beer, a bold beer, but it remains keenly, dangerously drinkable. Tmoney99 (14866) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, wood and earth hop aroma. Moderate to full body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy biitersweet flavor to medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex standout beer.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
06 vintage at fobab 2010. Pours deep amber with a small light tan head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of caramel, woody and oaky with some vanilla, bourbony, just lots of rich candy notes. Flavor is sweet and bourbon, the candy again coming to the forefront with the vanilla woody notes there but more background. Sweet vanilla candy finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Pretty good stuff. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Sixth beer of ten at iron abbey’s beer. Bitter taste of destruction. Hoppy and murdering. Bitter taste lingers long after you’re finished. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
2006 vintage on tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours hazy orangish amber with white head. Aromas of woody oak, caramel, dark malts, and a bit of caramel. Flavors of vanilla, oak, wet wood, good amount of bitter hops, and some caramel. Strong woody notes and still a good amount of bitterness even at this age. Really surprised at the amount of bitterness still left in this one. Really solid brew.
TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Had in San Diego. Pour is a dark amber with nice thick head from the draft. Laces super well. Aroma is nice dark malts with bark. Flavor is actually a nice balance of oak hops and malts with caramel. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
draft at small bar logan square. pours hazy amber with off white head. a big aroma of vanilla, oak, grapefruit and piney goodness. nice oak chip character in the aroma. flavors have a nice balance of big oak chips, vanilla, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and mild oxidation. sometimes big hoppy beers work really well with oak chipping, and this is it. the oak chips provide some balance and focus for what is usually an obnoxious american strong beer. freekyp (2389) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
On tap at Duckworth’s Charlotte, NC. Pours and orangy amber with thick white lacing. Aroma shows caramel, whiskey and coffee, and some earthy spices (nutmeg? allspice?). Starts with a sweet malty taste but bitterness rises quickly and overpowers the spicyness and malty character. Ends long and aggressively bitter. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Aged with French Oak Chips, served at Naja’s Place 10/7/2010pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, translucent amber with a creamy tan cap of film.
Aroma: Brown sugar, big oak and vanilla.
Taste: Tannic, medicinal like wood notes, bitter hops, brown sugar and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky with low carbonation.
Overall: Still bastardish. The aging made it slightly less aggressive, but the oak aging in this instance, makes the beer just as bold as a fresh bottle of Double Bastard.
Double bastard aged on American oak. Tap at smallbar Logan square...
Pours a darker copper caramel brown with a thin film of off-white
head... Aroma of a mild spicy woodiness combined with a decent degree
of caramel and toffee malt. Some pine and turpentine... Flavors are
consistently online with nose with an apparent woodiness, some spice
and an assertive everlasting lingering bitterness. Well hopped and
heavily woody. Almost on the fringe of being a little too much but didn’t teeter over that fine line.