Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Growler (which are sick btw). Pours deep black, tan head with good retention, nice fine lacy patterns. Has a mellow chocolate & coffee aroma which are very strong on the flavor. Nice and creamy, medium body with high mouthfeel, low carbonation. 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. slowrunner77 (13206) - 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!!!"
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Black with almost no head. Raisin chocolate brown sugar bourbon and oak aroma and taste with a sticky palate. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - 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.
brokensail (16689) - 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. mabel (10004) - 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.
bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
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. bu11zeye (13239) - 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.