iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
12oz bottle, no date from pepsican, thanks Andy! Clear deep brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, fading to 1/2 finger of creaminess. First three things I smell: tobacco, alcohol, and tang (infection?!?). Then some bourbon, wood, caramel, and light smoke come in. Letting this breathe a bit did help the sourness mellow. Flavor had some bourbon, caramel, dry wood, A bit of ash is noted in the earthy dry finish, with bitterness peaking around a 2-3. Medium body with low carbonation. Was hoping to be totally impressed with it. As it is, it’s merely OK. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Dark mahogany pour. Small tan head. Nose is woody with vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, soft roasted malts, hints of smoke and chocolate cake. Taste is more wood, soft bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate cake, roasted malts, dark fruit and vanilla. Very tasty! Body is medium-full and rather chewy with a moderately strong carbonation. Slick in spots as well. Finishes with more roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate cake, hints of smoke and dark fruit notes. YUMMY! I could drink this forever! hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with kmweaver (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood / oak, earthy, light vanilla, with some dark fruits and chocolate. Lots of woody oakiness. Tastes of vanilla, wood, chocolate, dark fruits (raisins and plums), and toffee. Lots more wood in the aroma vs. the tastes. On the sweeter side. There was some bourbon in both the aromas and tastes, but on the subtle side. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Rich, roasty dark plum malt base, chewy and sticky as well with some toast and cherry malt flavors. Light roast tasted, more in the nose, a good full bodied roast-heavy scottish-ish beer. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is brown sugar, cola, vanilla and raisins. Moderately sweet and vinous with vanilla, light bourbon, toffee, cola and floral hops. Medium/full body is round with light carbonation. Finish is thin.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, cherry-brown color; light tan head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Cola, cocoa, and dry bitter chocolate in the aroma; a bit chalky, with a touch of vanilla. Average carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: toasty vanilla-laden oak, light bourbon and dark chocolate throughout; a nice touch of citrus acidity; pretty tasty and nicely dense caramelly, brown sugar core; a bit of cardboard and lightly toasted vanilla. Medium finish, showing dry breadiness and toasty oak and dough; some vanilla; not a huge, chewy bourbon presence here. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2006
I think this is more around 8% if I recall. Either way, Dense blackish brown, thin tan creamy head. The nose was awesome with rich notes of oak, vanilla creme brulee, brown sugar, cherry, plum and raisin, with soft tones of coconut and chocolate. Flavor is more of the same with loads of milk chocolate, dark fruits, and hints of toffee brittle. It’s well rounded with additional notes of vanilla, oak , and touches of bourbon. Full bodied, soft carbonation, warming, oaky, lightly sweetened finish. The best beer this place has ever done. Great job! hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Black ale with a small, creamy, everlasting, taupe head (check your thesaurus. I’m sick of typing "beige"). Malty, vineous nose with attractive notes of red wine, milk chocolate, vanilla and buttermilk. Malty-sweet flavor with no semblance of balance. Rich with a whirlpool of chocolate and caramel malts, vanilla, woodsy notes and a hint of acidity. Medium-bodied and satiny with subtle carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet and a bit warming. Sourmash? Maybe the power of suggestion. Diamond in the rough... excellent brew from a mediocre-at-best brewery. World Class!