OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
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bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
11/17/06. Pours deep brown with a nice dark-tan head. A mellow blend of chocolate roastiness and soft red wine notes, slightly chalky on the finish. This is a perfectly nice porter, well balanced, no glaring flaws -- but for me it was just too cautious of a beer. It lacked the spark of personality that would have taken it to the next level. That said, I’m quite happy drinking this stuff! One could do a heck of a lot worse.
1/28/10. Draft at Fiddlers. Pretty much exactly as above. No flaws, just yawns. 3.6 seems a bit generous but it probably deserves the 7s and 4s.
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown/mahogany body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactos, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, vinous, and caramel. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of light wood / oak, chocolate (that came out more as I let it air out), and light vanilla. Tastes of light oak, roast, vanilla and had a light coffee finish. Body a little on the thin side. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark brown with some red when held to the light with an average bubbly light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, toasty, hints of oak and some vanilla. Flavors of the same but a bit on the thin side...very light hints of oak. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2006
bomber from OhioDad. nearly black on the pour with a great looking tan head. aroma was mostly chocolate with some coffee beans. flavor was bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops on the back end. a very enjoyable drink, thanks Scott.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
On tap: Dominating oak nose with some slight hints of chocolate. Dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. Quick sweet chocolate presence up front with a touch of roasted coffee. Huge oak finish with some slight pine bitterness. Without a doubt the strongest oak flavored beer I’ve ever had and it was a little too much for me. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2006
Thanks to Kook. Deep dark brown body with a short head. Smooth chocolate flavour that starts to lose it a little midway, taste the american oak. mjg74 (3156) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle, Tri County Produce, Snata Barbara. Pours a dark ruby color. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. A little bit of chocolate. Bitter maltiness up front. Quite of bit of coffee going on. Some sweet hoppines and a little hoppy bitterness. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
22 oz bottle, via BA Dano213. Pours a clear dark brown colored body with some light passing through on the edges. Head is moderate, fizzy, light brown, and faded quickly. Aroma is a nice interplay between chocolate, light roast, and raw oak. Fairly subtle and delicate. Lighter notes of toasted marshmellow, coffee, and light chalk. Flavor wise, really well balanced between the beer and the barrell. Dry chocolate malt with some roast, moderately bitter. A decent Porter with a nice tweak. The oak mostly comes out on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, just shy of a creamy texture with soft fizzy carbonation. The above was really my intial impression. As I made my way through the bottle (by myself) the oak became overpowering and tannic, especially as the beer warmed toward room temperature. I think a 12 ounce portion of this would have scored much better. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
22 ounce bomber purchased at the Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. 2006 vintage, I believe. Nice, pleasant woodsy, oaky barrel aromas with some light toasted malty aromas along with some chocolate hints as well. This is a very nice aroma and I think the oak compliments this very well. Moderately-mostly opaque dark brown color with a fair, perseverant tannish-yellow head. Light sweet chocolate flavors start out, which turn a little more roasted later on. A slight woodsy dryness is also appreciated from the barrel-aging. A tad thin, but it is a porter after all. This is very enjoyable and the barrel-aging compliments this lightly. I don’t understand why this beer isn’t as highly rated.