Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - OCT 5, 2005
tap at the brewery. thanks for having our motley crew over brian. it poured a mahogany brown with a large taupe head that is very creamy. chocolate toffee and vanilla nose with the requisite alcohol. i really like this aroma. oaky taste(duh) comes through with plum and raisin and some more chocolate. a bark like finish with warming booze that is subdued. a lot of bakers chocolate taste. nice the oak works. 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. 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.) 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. burg326 (5482) - 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.
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. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
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. tiggmtl (4545) - 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. 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... 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.