Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2005
At the brewery: I have on my notes that the brewer said this was more of an old ale, but whatever. Pours a dark brown with a nice head- some lace. Aroma is lightly roasty with some chocolate and nutty hints. Low on the hops all the way through. Lots of oak and wood with some vanilla, but almost ocmes out a bit dry and harsh. Still pretty nice though. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Chocolate aroma with a thick, rich, malty sweetness, some light vanilla and oak notes that are nicely present without overwhelming. Dark ruby brown body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, tan head that lasts well and laces. Thick, rich, chocolate flavour with vailla and roasty overtones that spar in the aftertaste. Medium full body with moderate, soft bubbled carbonation. Enjoyed on tap at the brewery during the GABF Ratebeer session. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
On tap at brewery. Nice dark cocoa-brown color with a small tan head. Nose is very roasty with the oak peaking through with a touch of hops. Full mouthfeel and some nice caramelish maltiness.....definitely some oakiness to this flavor...very tasty. Nice bitter choco-malt finish. Very nice. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Tap at breweryerway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours deep brown with an aroma of oak, vanilla, and earth. Maybe a tad bit of roasted malt in there as well. Flavor is caramel, oak, and a bit of wine with spice in the finish. Palate satisfies. Interesting beer; I’d try another.
Pours deep brown w/ a lite brown head. Sourish vanilla oak aroma with some hints of earthy hops. Med.-heavy body. Flavors are vanilla and sour w/ a heavy caramel maltiness. Very dry bitterness. Excellent balance of oak and malt.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 On draft at the brewery: poured cola brownish with a medium off white head. Caramel and light fruit aroma. Full bodied, the flavor is somewhat malty with a slight oak flavor imparted. Light chocolate notes as well. Good but I may like the regular better. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
On draught at the brewery, 9/30/2005. Pours a murky, unfiltered maroon to deep chocolate brown-beige with some darker espresso-yellow hues on the edges. Nice to see a creamy, well-retained tan-beige head with some light auburn flecks in there. Great Divide always seems to do very well with appearance/head retention, even in their oak-aged beers and this is no exception. Left spotty lacing on the glass as it receded, but it was a heavy, almost limp liquid that did not produce sheets of lacing. Aroma smelled of very sweet, soft vanilla-cream, butterscotch and hints of bakers chocolate. Notes of dates, old cherries and gingerbread, with a pleasant, almost vinous mix of raisins and cola and more butter toffee. Fairly dry overall, and the oak chips are well restrained. The flavor begins with a mix of light alcohol notes, not sharp and offensive, but strong and warming. Cherries, dates, toffee and buttercream, with a moderate amount of woodiness and lightly bitter chocolate on the end. Very easygoing mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation, with the texture ranging from sweet and lightly sticky, to lightly slippery on the end. The oak chips seem to replace the spices, and sweet cream and chocolate seem to dominate the finish, with a low hops bitterness and flavor. Served very cold to start, it’s an easy, simple drink and needed a good deal of warming before the many subtle flavors of this English Old ale meets American oak-aged strong ale came forth. Medium-full body overall, though never heavy or burdensome on the palate. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at brewery to start Day 2 of the GABF party:willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Hazy amber hue with a small head and a bit of lace. The aroma has notes of carmel, toffee, spicy and grassy hops, earthy esters and some oaky notes. The taste starts quite balance with the woody character working well with the light bitter and spice notes. Nice malty and light sweet fruit background as well. The feel is velvery smooth and slightly sticky. A very good beer and well wood aged. The mjames spit take beer!
09.30.05 Tap at brewery. I love this like I love my nougat...sweet and chewy. Cocoa, grass. Plum and raisin. Pecan and a long chocolatey finish. Buttery and woody. It’s like a delicious liquid candy bar aged with wood. Yum. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dang, am I the only one that thought this smelled like peanuts? Had a weird, funky BO or moldy peanut scent mixed within a light oak flavor and behind a little but of some starchy berries. Small bite at the back of the tongue. I thought it would be better, but I was pretty dissappointed. Sorry about spitting it all over you Facto.