drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
on tap at the brewpup a while ago. poured a deep mahogony with white head. aroma had nice caramel, vanilla, with chocolate and nuts. flavor has nice big malt back bone with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and nuts. very tasty but i still prefer hibernation with some age. brianprentiss (702) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Fantastic, great winter brew. One of the best ASA’s I’ve had. (On tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta.) Ratman197 (14848) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2006
On tap @ falling Rock poured a clear dark browen with red highlights and small diminishing amber head. Aromas of oak, carmel, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of BIG oak, carmel and light vanilla with a lingering oaky finish. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Tap @ Great Divide GABF ’06: Clear chestnut color with a medium off-white head. The aroma had huge vanilla and wood notes that lay over a Hershey chocolate bar. YUM! The flavor had a perfect mix of hops, vanilla and chocolate over woodiness. Sweet malty finish. Creamy medium body. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Draft samples at Great Divide. Dark brown with a ruby hue around the edges. Small tan head. Aroma is caramel, thinned chocolate, dark fruit notes, wood, and vanilla. Taste is more wood, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and light roasty malts. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Ends with more chocolate caramel, dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Thank god the friendly folks at Great Divide kept ’em coming!
hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Draft... Mid-GABF ’06, Great Divide Open House, Denver... Dark, ruby ale with a tight, tan head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a medley of caramel, chocolate, black cherries and woodsy vanilla. Cocoa, vanilla, oak and caramel flavor with mild bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with tender carbonation. Sweet, chocolatey, earthy finish. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Tap at Great Divide. The beer pours to a nice ruby colored body with a slick tan head. The aroma seems to be lots of roasted barley, nuts, chocolate, light woody component. The flavor has a deep chocolate with dark fruits, hazelnuts, walnuts, tangy barrel aging. Pretty complex. The palate is tangy, medium bodied, and powdery. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
sampled at the brewery. deep amber with a medium off white head. The oak comes out big time in this beer. Aroma is oak and woody, lots of sweet caramel malt. Taste is oak and wood, lots of sweet malts. I liked this. beernoevil (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006 does not count
On tap at the brewery. I absolutely loved this beer! I found the oak in this to be quite strong (which I like). A dark red-brown with small tan head. The oak starts to come through in the aroma. Flavor - roasty, nutty, vanilla, caramel and did I mention oak? I could drink this beer all night long sitting by a roaring fire after an afternoon of hitting the slopes... bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
had this with the brewmaster at the brewery. we started here, which was probably a mistake but you cant make many mistakes with these great beers. poured dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head that snapped away. nose of tanins and liquorice. bitterness on the palate with lots of bulky malt sweetness on the back end. slight alchohol sting and a feel good vanilla buzz. a bit big and bold at the time. would be nice after a bit of cellaring.