kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2015 beernoevil (7) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
Malty brown aroma. Medium dark color. Light white head. Light caramel and vanilla flavor. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from Craft. $32.99. Saved it for #2500. Shared with Nic Knack and Super Model Shawn Robinson. old notes of wood, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, Earth, and bread. B
Really smooth and solid all around, however, at that price, I have had better brews for less. burg326 (5604) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On draft at the Brass Tap, pours a dark brown with some red highlights in a snifter. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Taste is much like the aroma with a touch of chocolate. As the beer warms, more of dark fruits and camel come out, and all the favors blend very nicely together. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Poured into a snifter glass. Color is a deep rich mahogany. Aroma is very sweet and chocolatey, almost like a rich chocolate syrup. Has a somewhat earthy, woody character in the nose, kind of like coffee and cream. First taste is full throttle, with the richness of the beer slamming you back in your seat. Rich chocolate starts, before giving way to an amazing roasted caramel character in the middle. Mild spicy alcohol warmth finishes the beer. A very unique beer, almost like a scotch ale minus the peat, or something like a cross between a robust porter and barleywine. Very complex, but never muddled and quite enjoyable. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2010
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, caramel, florals, earth, and citrus. Flavor of oak, herbs, grass, and caramel malt with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Fluffy cotton batting head is slightly off-white. Aroma is intense with a fresh hop scent. Cat urine amarillo hops are prevalent. Dark reddish amber color. Very fruity flavors of pomegranates and bing cherries but I’m not getting very much oak in it. As it warms there’s a little bit of oakiness to the aroma but not to the taste. The heat is well-disguised in this one. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
On draft at the brewery during GABF week 2009. Nose is full of oak, deeply toasty malts, faint toffee, roast and earthy hop, along with lighter notes of caramel and dark bread. Opaque medium amber-brown color with a light dusting of sediment and a nearly subsiding head. Flavor profile is toasty and bittersweet, with more toffee and light roast, cocoa, honey and faint vanilla, finishing semi-dry with a twinge of bitterness and wood. Actively but smoothly carbonated mouthfeel, body is medium-full. Really quite nice. BeerandBlues2 (13802) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Great Divide. Pours hazy brown with an average, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, roasted grain), light hop (herbs), average yeast (broth, leaves, earth) with notes of prune, date, wood, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, gritty texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap @ brewery during the 2006 GABF open house. Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon, spice, and a hint of oak. Taste is brown sugar, coffee, mild oak, cinnamon. Tastes like a holiday ale. The oak is complimentary, not dominate, a well done oak aged beer. fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
As if the hibernation ale wasn’t good enough. This has all the good qualities of the regular but with added richness. A very pleasent oaky vanilla flavor.