SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting RBWG.
Clear brown body with an off-white head.
Rich aroma brown sugar and dark fruits.
Sweet, very low hop bitterness.
Smooth sweet sipper. RobertDale (6856) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
750 ml. at a bottle share. Pours reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Holding up well. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Scott. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Orange peel, caramel, oak, fruity, light lemon, and grass in the aroma. Taste is rich toffee, caramel, brown sugar, bread, grassy, and tangy with a light alcoholic burn on the backed. Light body with medium carbonation. Really cool stuff and has held up well. Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2008
750 ml corked and caged bottle #960 poured a clear brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and some roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of BIG OAK, vanilla, carmel, roastiness and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering woody finish. sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2008
This beer should age well, but is not worth the price so I’ll probably never know.
Bottle courtesy of RidleyBrewery.
Bottle # 853, date of 8/15/08.
Pours dark brown.
Aroma is oaky and sweet.
Taste, roasted, some sweetness with some vanilla. Thick on the palate, filled with rich fruity flavors as well as caramel malts.
I did not get to try enough to write a more complete review. A good brew, heavy on the taste, with good lacohol presence.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep wood brown, with a good size lasting head. Aromoa of oak, malt, slight alchoal smell. Tastes of oak, carmel, roast and light fruit. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
1st new rating, of Toncatcher’s tasting 9/20/08 in Santee with a mess of cool Sd Ratebeerians, bottle from Wetherel in his recent trip to Colorado. Pours cloudy brown, like a melted caramel with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and oaky. Taste was sweet with noes of caramel and overall tasty. wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. $25 bottle from Coltrain! Amber color. Big huge head that doesn’t fade. Large cork pop when opened. Dryish with a hint of alcohol. rallison (116) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle #1273 - picked up from the tap room itself...well after they sold out. Apparently they were able to find an extra one hiding in the back. Score.
Brown sugar and vinous dark fruits in the taste. Relatively woody with a slightly harsh finish from the wood. Over carbonated at first - swirl it around some. Good malt character overall. Not a bad first barrel aged offering from Odell. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle Number 847, 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, Sampled September 2008
This pours with a full tan colored head. The beer has a dark red to full amber color to it when held up to the light, but shows a dark brown hue as it sits on the table. This is definitely has a very oak influenced aroma to it; notes of vanillin are noticeable, but spicy oak aromatics are even more noticeable. Aromas of Butterscotch also come in to play, but the base beer is just barely noticeable underneath all of the oak influence; perhaps a touch of caramel notes mix with the more noticeable vanillin and butterscotch aromatics, but that is about it.
This is sweet and fruity tasting up front, and the oak-vanillin character kicks in towards the finish. There is a lot of caramel character here in the flavor though and it really mixes in with the oak flavors. This has a very fizzy texture from the carbonation and the body is only medium-light for a beer of this strength; this is still a sipping beer though. There is a lot of spicy oak character in both the aroma and flavor; in the flavor this combines with the alcohol to be aggressively hot at times. As the beer loses its carbonation it begins to soften up a fair amount.
’This is an interesting beer, perhaps a touch too oak dominated (especially in the aroma) to be great, but when allowed to warm it really helps to tame the harsher / alcohol-enhancing oak character. I would definitely have loved for the base beer to have come through more here, but not bad and fairly tasty over all.
Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO