Aurelius (5380) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
Clear, fairly dark, tea-colored red-brown with a clingy bone colored head. AS lightly pasty aroma. Flavor is woody whiskey and that’s about all -- not very sweet, muted cocoa. Whiskey finish. Fermentation Lounge, on tap. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbs, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, and light smoke. Flavor of herbs, honey, caramel, some burnt wood, brown sugar, and smoke. NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bomber from Green’s in Columbia. I was skeptical about purchasing this but finally was suckered in by the sales guy who convinced me that this is a great smoked ale. To each his own, but this ale is not smoky enough to even get a second thought as being a "smoked beer". The aroma is sharp and nutty with very sugary hints. Lots of vanilla, candy, and the like are noted. The first few sips I didn’t like at all but this slowly grew on me. Most of the character of the beer comes from flavors of sugar, honey and candies but it is only slightly too sweet, not disgusting by any means. Just based on my perception, I still could never tell you that any amount of smoked malt went into this. Some oaky and nutty flavors make things palatable along with a lingering bitter finish that provides balance. It’s an okay beer. bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Nitro at Woodinville. Pours a clear golden brown with nice size dirty white head that has good retention. Nose is brown bready with a touch of nuttiness but lots of sweet brown sugar and hints of apple...and really ’hot’ smelling. Not really picking up any smoke or oak. Pretty much all the aroma comes out in the flavor...not much depth, quite boozy and either under attenuated or way too much brown sugar, honey and Candi sugar added. Sounds interesting on paper, but really a simple sweet hot mess. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Light khaki colored head is fading away fast. This beer has a nice brown body with a red hue. Translucent beer. Honestly, this one isn’t looking too bad. Very sweet sugar aroma. I don’t know if others have said this but the alcohol is fairly f’in noticeable. Light fruit and honey flavor are subtly coming through. I don’t want to force myself to say that I am getting any type of wood aroma just because I know that I was told wood was used. This beers carries a lot of Belgian-like qualities. This beer doesn’t have a solid use of hops as an ASA should have. Wow, they didn’t do a good job of masking the alcohol. This beer is a mess. I get alcohol at first, then I am getting some sugar and fruit flavors, followed by a caustic hop flavor that mixes poorly with the alcohol. Wow, the flavor has no accord whatsoever. Well, the wood finally made it through. Slight wood flavor hitting my taste buds. The beer has a decent texture. Drinker beware for an odd experience.
j12601 (12698) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle with some work people. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a medium yellow beige head. Dry malt on the nose. Thin, malty and with a spicy smoke note. Boozy finish. Mediocre. drjay44 (3740) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, off white head, over a clear, light brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is light vanilla, molasses, bit of coffee, light wood.....taste is light toffee/caramel to start then coffee, finishing with terpene sharpness, and alcohol heat.....mouth feel is light, carbonation makes a creamy texture. This, for all the skill and resources that went into it, is a remarkably simple and unbalanced beer. The alcohol is not hidden. The negative aspects of oak aging come out (sharp terpenes), with few of the positives showing up (roundness of flavor, vanilla). The beer may be too young, but there was no indication on the bottle that aging was necessary. Finally I have no clue as to how it was handled before I bought it. Alas, I had hopes. BJCP 6/3/10/4/6 jcwattsrugger (12471) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
22oz bottle Thanks suttree @PreJam Gathering-pours a tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-peat/molasses, secondary earthy hops. Taste is medium malt-peat/molasses, secondary wood/earthy hops. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours dark amber with slight off-white head. Not much carbonation visible. Aroma of smoke, cherry, candied sugar, cooked banana. Taste is fairly bitter with a pronounced smoke and woody flavor. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter and very dry. Some sweetness is coming in more as it warms, but this beer is unbalanced to me and has some rough edges and it’s quite hot. Not a fan. slowrunner77 (12157) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"still expecting more from RH’s limited series. Not sure why. This was pretty standard beer...nothing deserving of a special release. nice looking. dominated by muddled sweet malt and too much brown sugar. the honey makes an appearance as do the bitter hops, but a bit too late. an average beer that costs more than many great ones."