ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Aged this beer for four years. Smooth and chocolatey. Nuttiness almost disappears into the rich coffee body. A little vanilla and woody finish. Tried over Christmas with dad in Lawrence in 2017. jtclockwork (17604) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle - pours black tan head - nose/taste of oak, dark fruit, prune, coffee and chocolate - medium body vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, dark malt and charred aromas. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, oak, charred and nutty tones. bytemesis (9488) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear Ruby black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, vinous, anise, hint of bathroom. Flavors is light plus sweet, light plus bitter, muted, roasty, malty, molasses, loads of oak. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2016
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, oak, light vanilla and light dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bitter chocolate finish.
IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Ratman. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak, and nuts. Black with a medium lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly bitter chocolate, vanilla, and walnuts. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Black beer. Dry from the oak with some vanilla. High alcohol is noticeabl. Heavy roast. A hint of sourness. Some red wine. A little oxidation but it works in this beer. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle @ home via my rotbox. Pours a black appearance with a hefty, deep brown head. The aroma has a ton of oak, tannins / leather, coconut / vanilla, roast, and woody herbal notes. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Moderate high sweetness and moderate bitterness. Quite a bit of booze though it doesn’t burn on the finish. Flavor has coffee, lots of chocolate, heavy oak, tons of vanilla, and a little leather. The oak is incredibly strong - too strong in my mind - but the beer isn’t all that bad. Definitely not worth $20-30 like all of the Woodcut releases. rosskyle (796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Served on tap at Marco's coal-fired pizza. Dark black with a tan head. Sweet cherry coffee aroma. Heavy body. Oak dark chocolate alcohol flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle No. 02503-13; Sampled July 2014
A steady, not quite vigorous, pour into my teku glass produces a tightly beaded, dense, brown tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is simply black in color and quite opaque. Up front the nose is a complex mix of toasted oak, vanillin, roasted coffee, and dark malt aromatics. The aroma is actually quite complex and interesting; toasted sweet-coconut, smoothly roasted coffee, hints of burnt brandy, richly toasted / roasted whole-grain brown bread, lots of buttery oak character, rich toasted cocoa notes, toasted tobacco.
Slightly sweet up front, but the oak seems to accentuate some of the sweetness towards the finish where it brings out a dark chocolate like note. The finish has woody oak flavors to it as well as a bit of oak-derives spiciness. Flavors of vanillin and buttery oak meld in the middle of this beer and help to play up the dark chocolate notes, which in turn melds well with a dark, smooth coffee like note. Roasted notes dominate the finish at times, but manage to stay quite smooth and not overly astringent or bitter; lots of toasted / roasted whole grain character, as well as a smooth, smoky, complex, dark malt character that is accentuated by the oak flavors. The body of this beer is nice and rich, not at all cloying, with a body and viscosity that is quite appropriate for an Imperial Stout; though it might not be as heavy as one expects from a brew of this strength, which is certainly a good thing.
This is a nice Imperial Stout; it stands up well to the oak treatment and allows the oak notes to meld in with the rest of the flavors such that it adds to the complexity rather than dominates the profile of this beer.