ChrisFields (99) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Poured a dark bronze with a thin light head. Aromas of caramel, toasty grains, and apricot. Tastes of roasted nuts, smokey wood chips and sweet malt. Medium body with mild carbonation. Overall very good. Arcadia (61) - DeLand, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle from ABC. Pours a thick, dark brown with a very thin head; gone almost instantly. Smells of caramel maltiness and faint vanilla. Dark fruits abound. The oak taste definitely comes through for me. Full bodied, oily, thick mouthfeel and a really smooth finish. Acquire.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Hawthorne (4) - - NOV 3, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Deep amber color with ¼ inch cream head. Head appears to have viscosity of whipped cream. No real lacing to speak of.
Smell: Caramelly, molasses-like. Bananas and rum. Oaky.
Taste: Surprisingly balanced, based on the smell and oak-aging. Not too sweet. Starts with gentle, bubbly carbonation followed by a creamy, rich mouthfeel. Hop bitterness comes through fairly strong for the style. Definitely tasting the oak and maltiness as it finishes, and a warm heat exudes from the alcohol.
Overall: Pleasing aromas and a very well-balanced beer. A little thinner than I imagined, but other than that it is high-quality. thb (847) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Foggy ruby with long lasting rocky half inch of foam. Aroma is toffee, candy, pine, oak, vanilla. Taste is significantly bitter. Oak is there, but fairly subtle. Honestly there’s more "just bitter" than interesting flavours it seems. Good. unclemike (3195) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Poured a darker amber color with an averaged off white head. Woody aroma with light vanilla. I found the woodiness to really come out in the flavor (a lot stronger vs. the aroma). Malts in hops in there as well. Lighlty sweet.
slowrunner77 (13203) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"this beer was very good. it mellowed most all that i didn’t particularly care for in the regular AB. Very smooth, as the oak aging treated this beer VERY well." Artistdave (65) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Really good brew...not too oaky thouigh...I am not bitching cuz I do not like a ton of unbalanced oak. Big malts and great hops as stone always does. mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay February 2014. Good beer with a woody almost smoke like aroma. Goes down a treat. RichCityBrewer (6) - richmond, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2014 does not count
Bottle to Nonic Pint glass. Pours a rusty red with off white foam and lacing till the last drink. Carmel and vanilla aroma with a hint of oak. I picked up some toffee, citrus, and oak flavors. Finishes with a chocolaty and dry finish. jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle (12oz $3.25): Pours a dark golden or redish brown. Little head, but nice lacing. Nice carbonation. Where it falls down with me is that over burn/toasted favors and the lingering bitterness.