brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
What i had here doesnt seem to be at all what everyone else was tasting, the aroma was big time prune raisin malt with just a touch of the oak, wow ,flavor jolts you, a woody smokey malt taste is quickly washed over by a massive hop taste and bitterness,finishing with a dry bitterness that contorts the tongue,one of the bitterest I’ve ever tasted and an absolute joy to experience. Thanks again Awaisanen zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours orange ruby carramel, off white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, candied caramel. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, malt, hops, slightly woody. Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some nice caramel malt. Taste is sweeter then expected with lots of caramel malt and a medium bitter finish with some citrusy hops. Body is definitely above average with some medium carbonation. I thought the oak presence was quite subtle and overall this is more reminiscent to a barleywine then an American Strong Ale but enjoyable nonetheless. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 From a trade with Immy the Skull Popper. Poured an attractive amalgam of orange, red and brown. Doesn’t sound that attractive when I type it, but the colors swirled together underneath a two-finger tall slightly fluffy, off-white head and ended up looking quite pleasing. Citrus and pine in the nose with only a little bit of wood noted. The flavor rolled from citrus to pine to a bit of alcohol and finished fairly crisply. I’m curious to try the non-oaked variety. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Reddish chestnut color with a very thin head. Serious oak flavors present, which meld with the strong hop presence and the two flavors are exquisitely balanced. Woody aroma with a hopa roma that sits underneath, with some sweetness as well. Medium palate, with carbonation low, but complimentary.
OldBoss (27) - Tuttle, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Again, many thanks to MrRomero for this fine brew. Pours dark amber with a thick, dense, creamy head. Some floral hops lingering, with mild spiciness. Initial caramel sweetness, that gives way to a dry, hopped bitterness, with hints of vanilla, orange, and mild spice, then dries out quickly with a tang of oakey, woody, mild alcohol near the back of the tongue. Oak adds complexity, but detracts slightly from the hoppiness this beer is known for. Let’s just say very interesting. imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Oak aged gym sock. I enjoy bastard, but this was just foul. A waste of the money i paid for it. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours deep red with a two-finger off-white head. I was immediately struck by the lack of strong hops in the aroma. What is there asserts itself as spicy and lightly herbal instead of citrusy and piney. A charred toffee aroma dominates, and that hop spiciness combines with alcohol to burn the nose a bit. The flavor begins much like the original: a sweet, caramel malt taste with hints of the promised hop blast. This blast doesn’t come in the oaked version, or if it does it is tamed by the oak. The finish is still nicely bitter, and the wood adds dryness and complexity. Good stuff. tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Draft. Dark brown with medium head, some red shows through when held up to the light. The aroma was not very strong but simple; taste the oak, not overpowering, balanced out with dark malty and finish with the spice of hops. Great mouthfeel. Great brew. WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
I am not going to go into heavy detail here. It has all been said. Less hoppy than the original with a wood flavour instead. VERY nice. Another outstanding Stone brew! I happened to meet them at a beer convention on Long Island, NY just before the release of the 6.6.6 last year. Very nice guys! Keep up the great work!