dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2011
(12oz bottle from drowland). Pours a dark brown red color with minimal tan head. Aroma is savory smoke, vanilla and whiskey. Taste is semi-sweet with loads of chocolate. Light bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A little hot, but pretty well restrained. Not bad at all Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Nose is a smokey wood, spice, vanilla and dark roast coffee. As it warms the whiskey starts to show. Taste is a bit muddled. Initially the smokey oak with some vanilla sweetness and some dark roasted malts. The oak barrel does come out pretty big like when you cook on wood planks. I don’t really get too much wiskey but more caramel, chocolate and some coffee. It definitely gets better as it really warms. This is certainly a different beer but not in the great category mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
bottle. pours a dark brown with minimal tan head. was not a big smoke aroma but there was in flavor. could use more vanilla GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown with a small tan head that recedes slowly to a thick collar.
Aroma is interesting and heavy on smoked malts with some hints of vanilla. There are some roasty malts and a little bakers chocolate underneath.
The taste is excellent and has a few interesting things going on. The smoked malts are still there but the vanilla is a little more prominent as is the chocolate and malts in the backbone.
Smooth feel with good carbonation.
I’m a big, big fan of this beer and I’m pretty excited about what ABC has been putting out lately. Get some now. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Lots of roast, smoke is very slight. Spicy sweet cherries, sweet potato, dark malt. Brown molasses. Some vanilla is present. Gives a cool grape flavor. Bottle from j Barleycorn
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: pours smoky brown under a voluminous tan head which fades slow and blotchy. Swirls creamy like whipped chocolate mousse.
Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Nose: smoke, vanilla, caramel, chocolate nougat, and bourbon in the back. Rich. Smoke all around. Melting caramel and vanilla. Tannins in the nose.
Palate: unfortunately much thinner than the nose implied with an unexpected tannic tartness leading the way – cherry skins and leather. Smoke, plums, and tart cherries. Leather and old wood in the finish. Sides of cheeks tingle. Peaty meaty bacony smoky middle with a weak beginning and a weak finish.
Final Thoughts: the nose was amazing but unfortunately the palate didn’t really measure up. Not bad but definitely not great – just alright.
Pours a dark deep brown color with aroma of smoked malt. True roasted malt flavor with a mild burnt aftertaste that leaves a nice flavor on the palate. The oak barrels is recognizable but not overwhelming. A complex and flavorful beer that I recommend for the style. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle. Medium brown, light looking, no head. Aroma is smoky with some fruit. Taste is of rank fruit... Something must have gone wrong with this bottle or batch. For me, a drain pour. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
A good lesson in not always judging a beer by the brewery....been looking at this one in my beer fridge with trepidation given my less than stellar experiences with RBBC and this doesn’t suck. Pours dark brown almost black with a very small white head. Chocolate, vanilla, and maple dominate the aroma. The smoke flavor is light, but keeps this from crossing into over sweet territory. A little of the bourbon character which goes so well with the flavor. Good beer,