Niko100 (2978) - Chicago, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Dark brown/cider; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, caramel, vanilla, & some bourbon/brandy; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and some bourbon/brandy; Overall, this version was fairly decent. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Good overall flavor. Caramel and maple flavors with the usual brown ale foundation. (No bean flavor).
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750 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served cold in a tulip glass. Produced on 04/02/13. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
App.: Clear deep copper/light mahogany with a thin tan head.
Aroma: Bread and bread crust malt with sweet toffee/caramel notes, some sherry-like oxidation, brown sugar veering into molasses, a wee bit roasted, vanilla, barrel starts to come through as it warms, some dark dried fruit as well, some brighter berry-like fruitiness, slightly peppery/spicy, rich and complex, nicely done.
Palate: Medium+ body with restrained carbonation.
Flav.: Bread and brad crust, sweet caramel/toffee notes, a little more boozy than the nose, brown sugar with a peppery note, less fruity, more alcohol as it warms, a little dark dried fruit, a bit more roasted than the nose; sweet with balancing bitterness, warming alcohol and a somewhat fruity and lightly roasted finish with a lingering roasted after taste.
Quite nice. I kinda regret not sharing. I’ll get over it.
Bottle from Capone’s, aged for several years. Pours turbid brown with tan head. Nose was earthy, oak, vienna malt, some lactic creaminess. Tastes like an oaky brown ale, with some earthy and creamy notes. Smooth finish. Late brandy notes. This one is decent. User134089 (1644) - - MAR 20, 2015
Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) glass
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter glass
From: Alpine Liquor in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: March 19, 2015
Consumed: March 19, 2015
Misc.: Produced on April 2, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
Poured a dark brown color with two fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Some bubbles streams coming up from the bottom directly on the sides of the glass. Uneven, foamy spots of below average lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.88)
Smelled a mix of dark candied fruits and dark liquor. More specifically plum, black cherry, dates, figs, oaky notes, black raspberry, faint Jim Beam and brandy. (Smell - 4.13)
Tasted similar to the nose. Got those dark fruits, mainly black raspberry, black cherry, plum, raspberry frozen yogurt, black cherry soda and cranberry. Also oaky brandy and bourbon. The 9.3 pct. ABV is well-hidden. (Taste - 3.75)
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Longer, somewhat warming finish. (Feel - 3.75)
This was a very good beer, especially for the $2.99 value I found on clearance. Might pick up the rest of these bottles, even if it is retired and produced in April 2013. (Overall - 3.75)
3.83 86 B+
voyageurmike (500) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2015
From a bottle, poured into tulip glass. Dark reddish brown with scant head, fine carbonation. Medium bodied beer with caramel brandy-edged flavor and a nasty, lingering finish. This tasted ok with the first few sips, but by the end of the glass your palate was telling you not to drink this one again. mansquito (6784) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Winter Beer Fest, Philly: Pours brownish with a white head. Aroma is light amount of hops, plenty of malts, toffee. Taste is caramel, lightly sweet. I don’t know what is cream ale about this. The wood didn’t really shine through in my opinion all that well. I was really unimpressed by this. Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
I think this is the best of the three John Henry ales. 750 ml. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown pour with a creamy beige head that leaves lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, slight chocolate, vanilla, and cream. Taste is well balanced, the sweet malty flavor is offset by the tannins of the oak and the bitter of the hops. Has a dark, roasty malt flavor that helps to balance the sweetness as well. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and sweet, chocolatey finish. Pretty nice overall, definitely unconventional. katrinaez (2175) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Tasty and strong. Not too heavy but far from light. Didn?t taste the cream or feel creamy. Bottle Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle shared with the men for man night. Aroma is vanilla beam, hazelnut, toffee, and sweet chocolate. Pours brown with a frothy white head with some small lingering film. Taste is sweet caramel/marshmallow, french vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate morsels. Very sweet taste but thankfully not the most cloying mouthfeel. This is best split between friends before you burn out your tastebuds.