bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, light peat, wood, bourbon, and caramel. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: A dark brown/amber color with a very minimal khaki colored head.
S: A smooth and creamy vanilla note (along with some oak) to go along with the sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and toffee.
T: A wonderful mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors going on here. The sweetness from the caramel and toffee really goes wonderfully with the light oakiness and the hints of dark stone fruits.
M: A really creamy and smooth, almost thick and chewy with a soft carbonation.
D: Sierra Nevada really doesn’t get enough praise from us beer geeks. This is a really solid beer (like all of their others), and I would gladly take a glass of this again. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Oaquinox. Dark, dark amber color. Mellowed. Light sweetness. Coconut. Easy to drink. Good. Ratman197 (14848) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2010
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, cocoa, oak, light vanilla and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, oak and light vanilla with a smooth malty finish. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Boulder Strong Fest at Avery. Dark brown almost black with off white head that lasts. Aroma is not very strong but really nice and floral, light woody character. Taste is sweet dried fruit initially then morphs to roasted dry finish. nothing spectacular, but enjoyable.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours a mostly clear deep brown with a faint reddish hue, zero head or carbonation. Almost no nose, light hints of bitter sweet chocolate and faint barrel notes. Some candied peach flavors.....a very uninteresting brew. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Pours a clear amber brown, with off-white head. Caramel malt, toffee, light notes of dark fruit and chocolate. Old barrel and oak flavors. Pretty good, but this beer suprised me, not what I was thinking it would be... Imperial Stout? Not really. DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
I imagine this beer would be inky black if not for the color contributed by the scotch ale component. The result is a woody, amber-brown beer with an oaky, hoppy aroma and a floral hop flavor. Not what I would have expected in a stout, a muted sweetness and very mild malt flavor, with barrel-mellowed alcohol notes. sleepybrew (4) - Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2010 does not count
Exceptional beer. Strong characters of molasses, peat, roasted mocha, caramel. Only complaint is that 75% is the Scotch style ale and 25% the barrel aged Imperial Stout. I wish the percentages were more 50-50. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
8 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Aroma is really nice on this with plenty of bourbon barrel notes. Hints of sweet chocolates are also abound. Very quaffable! Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a small tan head present. Starts with lots of bourbon flavor, before it becomes chocolatey and roasty in the middle. Nice sweetness, although there is also a good dry woodiness late. Well-balanced, and very very drinkable. I shoulda gotten a hotel room and drank a lot more of this.