hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle… Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, wispy, off-white head. The bouquet is all about oak and nutty caramel. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and busy carbonation. Caramel sweetness, woody earthiness and low bitterness. Crisp, lingering, toffee finish. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
From the Bottle at TAG Restaurant, Denver 22/09/2009
Woody aroma. Amber coloured and a little hazy in appearance with some bitterness in a crisp and warming malt finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy caramel brown with orange coming through when held up to the light. There is plenty of carbonation coming out of the bottle and a huge 3-inch creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and actually leaves a hefty cap throughout. Lacing is light.
The oak is really prevalent, surprisingly so, with lots of oaky tannins and vanilla coming through. There are some raisins, molasses, and a big caramel malt sweetness as well. I can’t remember a beer smelling so much like wood, clean virgin wood.
The sweetness keeps on coming in the taste, but the initial taste is sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The oak can’t be held back for long though and the finish is just full of oaky tannins, vanilla and even a hint of woody spiciness.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with the wood imparting a wonderful smoothness that turns into a dry spicy feel on the palate. The carbonation is strong which keeps the full body from becoming too heavy.
I’m definitely impressed with this beer which is one of the better use of barrels I’ve tried in a while. The fresh oak really makes this one unique and all of the sweetness comes together very well without becoming cloying. Very good. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle shared by guess who? Yeah JW77! Brown pour, tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel and some nice fruit. Flavor is full and has some great vanilla, booze and dark fruits. Good stuff! MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
bottle shared at July A Tasting. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is same as aroma with oak and bourbon prominent and vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and alcohol noticeable.
dmac (6429) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle shared at the UFC 100 gathering, sorry I forgot who broght this one but I’m thninking RIch or his buddy. First let me say I love me some Old Ales, what a great style. Poured a murky brown with a great full creamy tan head. Aroma is awesome and comlex as an Old Ale should be with notes of wood, coconut, cherry, vanilla, toast and slight alcohol. Body on this one was creamy with slight alcohol warming and softer carbonation, nice. Flavor had lots of sherry notes, wood, and alcohol. This was some really nice stuff. egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Poured a hazy red amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, wood, citrus, toast, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of more wood, vanilla, dry tannins, citrus fruit, melon, and a yeasty, somewhat alcoholic finish. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - JUN 23, 2009
light orange red with a strong tall big white yellow head.nice woody note that has a pear scent almost belgian like powdery powdery raisin plum.strongly effervescent. it may be the guys i’m sharing this with, but there is a definite odor in the air, likely from their rank asses. the lighter fruit notes mix well with a vanilla component . i get a touch of blueberry as i watch steve come in out of consciousness. a beer with a lot of depth, and alcohol, that may be responsible for me exposing myself. i am surprised at how dry this, and at how loudly these two jackasses snore. thanks for hanging out steve, & matt, i can’t believe matts dad is such a nice guy, what happened to matt?
4 8 8 4 18 Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Sampled during Deliriumfest’s Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by Deliriumfest. From a 750ml bottle (#1585) pours a semi-hazy brownish amber colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of fruit, vanilla, some roasted nuts and spice. Taste is full bodied, some carbonation with flavors of semi-tart fruit, caramel malt, some oak/vanilla character, a hint of roasted nuts and butter. Finish is semi-sweet with a short lived vanilla and caramel aftertaste. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Musty Nose & woody, maybe even a slight sweet hint as well...even a touch of strawberry...and the nose grows fruitier and frutier. Beer pours amber/brown with a full sheet of head atop. Thick mouthfeel. Bitterness nice and strong. I sense some licorice notes here as well amongst the other musty, plasticy stuff going on.