brokensail (16645) - 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. bhensonb (15758) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a tan smear for head. Aromas of dark, lightly smokey, malt, vanilla and wood. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. First impression was anise. Then some dark roast malt, with oak, vanilla and perhaps coffee. Not extraordinarily complex, but a very good drink indeed. Ratman197 (15368) - 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. bu11zeye (13215) - 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. slowrunner77 (12851) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
"i’m calling this an old ale only because that’s what the brewer is calling it...it’s actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer I’ve ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (that’s right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in it’s complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!"
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head that fades. Sweet woody vanilla aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, good amount of wood up front, rich sweet malt base, light bitterness barely balances it out, finish is woody. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Solid beer, but just a little too heavy on the wood for my preferences. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3069-20100702] Sample. Woody barrel roast malt aroma has a light floral touch. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Floral red wine and sherry notes in the flavour with tons of wood roast. Full body. Wow, this is big and boozy.
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour with some nice ruddy mahogany highlights. The nose is distinctly woody and earthy with loads of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Soft and toasty with a lingering vanilla/caramel flavour on the finish. There is a wisp of smokiness that creeps up as the beer starts to warm up then it’s gone again toward the finish – quite odd how that works. There’s a whole lot going on, but it still doesn’t really come together for me. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head over a near black body. Aromas of cocoa, light wood, musty and very light fusel alcohol. Flavors are cereal, caramel, alcohol, fruits (dark) and raisins. Kind of basic and a bit bland. Creamy mouthfeel with some higher alcohols. JohnnyJ (5569) - 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.