Cybercat (5562) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2012 Aroma is interesting - somewhat smoky like a stout, but with a strong alcohol bite like a barleywine and a decided overtone of oak. It pours a dark, warm, chocolaty brown with a fairly thick beige head that is not all that persistent. Flavor is somewhere between a stout and a barleywine - oak dominates, and there is some "stouty" smoke-coffee-chocolate flavor plus quite a strong alcohol bite like a good brandy. Texture is sharp, edgy and tingly, going down more like hard liquor than beer.
Re-rating 11/4/2012, on-tap at Summits Wayside Woodstock. Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick and rather persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Mocha dominates the fairly strong and smoky aroma, which has a firm note of caramel and a hint of licorice as well. Roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavor has quite the alcohol bite, like a good barleywine. Itís like drinking Irish coffee cold. Hints of caramel, licorice and brown sugar make appearances. Smooth texture has firm body though minimal fizz, and leaves a finish like a sweet, syrupy mocha. OK, would somebody please explain how one milks a dragon? :D
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown/amber pour, little carbonation and a great oak and molasses aroma. Flavor was roasty malts, vanilla, rum and oaky on the finish. Solid beer, hope to try this on tap someday
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle at mom and dads: pours a nearly black dark brown with brilliant ruby edges. Tall dense tan head falls to a nice long lasting 1/2 cm layer. Woody nose with a nice dose of vanilla and chocolate. Good roast works itís way through. If you let it sit some of those aromas blow over and cherry starts to build up. The beer lays nicely on the tongue with a light slickness and tannic twang. Oak tannins and alcohol work together to give it a bit of punch. Perhaps a bit too much. Some of the nice chocolate tones are lost under this tannic alcohol. Vanilla and cherry come through nicely with a creamy character after some of the booze fades away. Nice cherry and vanilla finish
beernbourbon (1587) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Whole Foods. Drank this one while shopping...most ridiculous grocery store ever. Pour is dark dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavor is true to nose with long sweet finish. Solid beer, but was incredible under the circumstances.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another epic brew from an amazing west michigan brewer! This poured a dark brown-black, with a small tan head. The nose is sweet, with some vanilla and coffee on the finish. The flavor is lots of vanilla, coffee, with some subtle chocolate notes. Again, epic stuff. My new favorite stout. Cheers!!
shared with merelikesbeer:)
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617, and for a stout itís pretty good, well RB says itís a strong ale, but I donít know what it is. Either way, it pours a dark brown black color with a very thin tan head. It smells like vanilla and a lot of oak. Taste, initially is heavy on vanilla, and then goes more into the oaken alcohol flavors. Seems to have a big alcohol feel to it!
BeerandBlues2 (12839) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, rocky, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), light hop (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, prune, date, and toffee. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, small cream head. Carmel, cognac, and malt, lots of malt aroma. Creamy, creamy, with just a great malted flavor. Some chocolate, some caramel and vanilla. It does have an odd bit of a metallic, maybe even blood flavor. I wonder if that was intentional? Overall, reminds me of eating a caramel sucker when I was a kid, and then with enough bitter and warmth to remind me I am an adult.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 6 n Save. Pours a midnight black with a thick frothy tan head. The aroma was cocoa, dark fruit, alcohol, and sweetness. The flavor was a sweet coffee, latte with some black cherry that hid the 9% very well. The finish is where you get the toasted oak flavors and catch a little bit of the bourbon. This was very tasty.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz draft from the Brass Rail. Poured a midnight black with a medium amount of think tan head. Nose was cherries, malt, figs, alcohol, bourbon, and very, very light, perhaps chocolate sweetness. Taste was much the same with a light dry bitter for a finish. A very nice big beer, yet the body was surprisingly small. Could almost be a session beer, that is, till the ABV reared itself.