Niko100 (2914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, dark fruit, & some rum notes; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, dark fruit, and some dark rum; Underwhelming - but not too bad. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Nice sweet brown sugar and fig flavor. Nice lasting finish. Malty and delicious.
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750 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served cold in a tulip glass. steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2015
App.: Very deep brown-mahogany with a fair light tan head.
Aroma: Lots of maltiness as dark dried fruits, dark treacle, brown sugar veering into molasses, toffee, a little vanillin, vague resinous hops, something like cherries, quite sweet and inviting.
Palate: Medium-full body, elegant carbonation.
Flav.: Brown sugar and almost molasses, dark treacle, slightly earthy, a little vanilla and resinous hops, dark dried fruits, light fruity esters, almost a cherry note here too, very malt-forward; somewhat sweet with low to moderate bitterness and a lightly smoked and sweet (maple syrup) finish.
Not quite as good as their cream ale and brown ale blend, but still quite enjoyable.
reminds me of a barley wine, sweet, cloying, very malty. not too many hops to it at all. It’s alright. mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Winter Beer Fest, Philly: I am sure that this beer was made with all the best intentions, but it just doesn’t come together. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is light citrus and pale malts. The wood aging didn’t really do anything positive for this beer. Lightly sweet. It kind of just tastes like an old and not very good DIPA with half the flavor.
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Got this one on sale for $4.99 at La Vista Liquor, great deal for such a strong beer. 750 ml. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance is dark amber approaching brown with a slight, ruby red tinge, certainly not a pale ale! Decent, two finger, beige head that leaves lacing. Aroma of oak, rum, brown sugar, light molasses, and bread. Taste is rather one dimensional, it has a sweet, rummy, oak character but has a thin mouthfeel for 9.4% abv. Has a slightly roasted malt flavor but is lacking in character, kind of watery and boozy, not enough backbone for an ale that is comparable to a barley wine. This is one case where more bittering hops would be appropriate. I’ve been so used to drinking world class beers lately, I guess I have a high standard.
Medium to full body, thin texture, average to soft carbonation, sweet, oak tinged finish. For being such a big beer it is lacking in flavor and distinction, probably won’t repeat. User134089 (1644) - - JUN 21, 2014
Type: 750ml (25.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: June 21, 2014
Consumed: June 21, 2014
Poured a dark reddish, brown, opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Didn’t notice any bubbles on the sides of the glass. Above average circular lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.
Smelled oaky wood, bourbon, rum, dark fruits, plum, purple grapes, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, black cherry and light crayon.
Tasted slightly better than the smell. Lots of wood, then oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, crayon, roasty nuts, some chocolate, rum and plum. Lingering boozy astringent taste on the tongue.
Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, slightly bitter finish.
Just an OK strong ale. I was a bit disappointed as I was a big fan of the 3 Lick Spiker Ale.
superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, light vanilla, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and rum oak notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, vanilla, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness. Light earthy oak/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and rum oak spiral flavors; with a great malt/oak flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oak aged strong ale. All around well balanced dark/bready malt and rum oak spiral flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2014
Thank you Arg0! Overall this beer is not terribly good. The flavor is rum barrel, sugar and malt. Palate is rotten yeast. Finish is Sugar and molasses. not terrible but I am not sure I would have again. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2014
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop clear red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, some rum, earthy, light cedar, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, cedar/oak, some rum, faint earthy. Medium body, light stickiness, low carbonation.