Ratman197 (15200) - 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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(draft) Hazy dark red-brown body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet,caramel, raisin, faint oak. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, some raisin, light oak. Creamy medium body with a light alcohol burn. BeerandBlues2 (13695) - 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. bu11zeye (13140) - 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. hopscotch (11180) - 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.
3fourths (9357) - 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. ClarkVV (6839) - 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 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at brewery to start Day 2 of the GABF party:TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
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!
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! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Draft at Great Divide. Immensely enduring beige head keeps the goal over the hazy caramel colored ale. Beefy, chewy cereal, caramel and biscuity malts are gently offered compliments by polite earthy and floral hops. The peachy and plum whispers fit into the vanilla laden like old mates. Medium bodied, silky smooth, no acidity, engaging light carbonation. Exceptional barrel-aging work that never appears aggressive, they might be one of the greatest at this.