fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet vanilla and bourbon with some wood notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, mild toast and grassy hops. Finishes with nice light barrels touches of sweet vanilla and bourbon. I like that the barrel is finessed, but it’s a rather thin brew. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
03-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 29-Apr-09 for $2.39 at Hi-Time Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa, CA) Pours a dark, translucent brown with a wafer-thin, light-tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring. Primary flavors of medium-dark chocolate, sweet molasses, licorice, earth, wood, and dried, dark fruits, but bourbon is far in the background, if at all. The flavors are reinforced by similar aromas of earth, wood, chocolate, prunes, and molasses. Its medium-plus body is not really weighty enough for an Imperial Stout, but it certainly isn’t thin or watery, which was the expectation. The mouthfeel is dry, mildly acidic, and slightly chalky, and carbonation is fairly gentle. Not the greatest beer, but considering the source, it definitely exceeds my expectations. nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a translucent black with a thin, white head. Nose is sweet, oats, grains, brown sugar, whiskey, vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, malty, brown sugar, oats, lightly toasted bread. Medium bodied. Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown, clear. Aroma of chocolate liqueur. Taste is dark milk chocolate syrup. Kind of plain, but not bad. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours dark brown in color with slight reddish hues and a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, roast, oak, and bourbon. Decent. The flavor is sweet caramel malt, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Par for the course more or less. Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation and an average mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty generic for a -bal aged beer. Didn’t really impress or unimpress me, it just was.
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some black cherry sort of highlights when held up to the light. Very little head formation, just a thin ring of tan bubbles.
S: The nose starts off with some sweet vanilla notes followed by a definite dark fruit aroma. Strong notes of prune, plum, and raisin along with a moderate booziness.
T: The flavor is sort of flat and not as intense as I would have expected from the nose. Some tannic oak character on the back end along with a sweet malt base and caramel coming closer to the front.
M: The body is medium with a low but smooth carbonation.
D: The nose and mouthfeel are nice, but the flavor falls way short. Even after letting this one warm up a fair amount, it was still pretty plain and woody. MaBeer1972 (2164) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 11, 2010
I wasn’t sure what type of beer this was when I picked up a single bottle at Julios. It sounded interesting with the oak. It’s an imperial stout-like brew with low head and carbonation. Aroma is sweet and smoky, and a bit woody. Mouthfeel is heavy, but this one goes down rather smoothly. Flavor is dark and roasty with good sweetness, but balanced, especially by the herbal oaky and vanilla notes. Not bad at all. Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is wood, bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Oddly has a bit of a raspberry taste, which I’m sure is a mixture of vanilla, oak, and vourbon that forms some weird concoction. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Thanks for sharing bro! Pours a deep brown color with thick, frothy, light brown head. Aroma is of rich chocolate, dusty old malt, light wood notes, rich caramel and toffee mix with a light hop nose. Taste is much the same with component of an imperial stout and barleywine intertwined which makes for an interesting, and tasting beer. Solid. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Well. The ’script boasts IS, yet RB defines it as an ASA. I would personally consider it the latter. [A] Chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, and whiskey aromas. Appropriate. [A] A chocolate brown to very bright light, but otherwise opaque. Tannish head, that fades. [F] Hints of smoke and licorice upfront. Mid-bodied chocolate, caramel. Finishes with a hint of vanilla, oak, spirit and milk chocolate. Tastes of a foreign stout/ dark fruitiness begin to show through the oak complexities. [P] Light bodied for a "stout". I have to say drinkability for an ale of this profile and ABV is phenomenal. [O] For +9%, I would never guess it. Does teeter between an ASA and stout. But the mouth and body, again, would have me choose ASA. Doesn’t matter what it is, I enjoyed it, highly recommend it, and would gladly grab a 6-er/