highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
great aroma of wood and malt. flavor is nice malty and sweet. finish is wood and alcohol. real nice. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Tasted 11/15/08. 750ml cork and cage bottle. #477. Hazy and brown hued. Layer of khaki head. Woody aromas with nutty and vanilla undertones. Touch caramel and Kahlua. Full bodied with a bright effervescence. Caramel malts. Big pronounced alcohol note. Nice mix of tart and sour berries and cinnamon cookies. Huge effervescence with a citrus lemon note. Sticky cloying finish and slightly astringent. Toasty woody note. Lotta fruit, both fresh and dried. Sweet and bitter duality. There’s a lot of potential in this one. lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pours dark orange to brown with a medium lived beige head. Smell is sweet and smooth malt with well incorporated bourbon. Taste is oak, lightly bourbony, and malt but very well balanced together. Taste, oaky and bourbon caramelly malty beer. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Underrated, I think. Skyview (6099) - 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. GAManiac (1946) - 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.
hopscotch (11242) - 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. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours an amber to copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of oak, grain, caramel, chocolate, yeast, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted coconut, hints of toffee. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, light floral esters, oak, vanilla and hints of smoke. Medium body with a smooth malt finish. Sledutah (7841) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle shared by boltz7555 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a small beige head and some light lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel candy, herbal and oak
Taste: Caramel, ripe fruits, woody and oak