MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617, and for a stout it’s pretty good, well RB says it’s a strong ale, but I don’t 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 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
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
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
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
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.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Large bottle brought from the Ohio area - Great aroma with that Oak Aged goodness appearing from the nose to the palate. Oak spirits with smooth caramel malts and some vanilla notes. Perfect blend of alc. with the aged quality you would expect, a robust and smooth enjoyable stout. Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
22oz Bomber. Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma and taste of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. Very drinkable and would probably have again. yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this brew since I personally find oad aged brews a bit hit or miss. This beer was a hit for me. A very active nose with sweet bourbon and vanilla. The flavour was very nice as well. The oak instilled a nice smoky vanilla flavour but it was not overbearing and blended nicely with the more traditonal malty sweetness. Very impressed GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Black pour with brown head. Oak and vanilla notes with roasted sweetness, Taste is smooth- oak, vanilla, roasted malt, slight sweetness, and did I mention smooth. What a nice tasting brew. For 8.5%, you don’t notice the alcohol. The oak flavor becomes more pronounced as it warms and the vanilla gives off a great mouthfeel. Nice lacing on the glass. Tasty beer. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2009
The first thing I notice about this beer is the queer smell of Butterscotch. Odd. Pours a deep brown, but not much in the way of a head.Big flavors of butterscotch, caramel, some toffee, and maybe a light note of vanilla. Some dirt is detected as well in the end, followed by a slight alcohol warmth in the throat. Not bad.