bigtaster (951) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours semi-clear dark brown with a large beige head that hold on. Huge aroma of warm vanilla notes and wood some cream maybe some banana. Very smooth, and a nice bite that give that comes from the great secondary fermentation. The oak definitely comes through. Good amount of sugar still left in here, wonder how much it would change with a couple years in the cellar? Overall very smooth and lovely vanilla unlike any other beer I’ve experienced.
Sammy (11828) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at Cole’s. Much more sweet and barleywinish than the first cuvee, oaking taste is secondary, however significant. Pours barleywine brown. Carmel to bulkup mouthfeel. Made more popular? Better than this year’s Flying Bison C-130, but it’s as if the same brewing team worked on both. It was drinkable.
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I expect might be overpriced, even before trying. Pours a slightly tarnished copper with a bit of a head that has died to a thin ring of bubbles. Aromas are sweet and fruity. Flavor is predictably sweet... sticky brown sugar and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit and a bit of ABV warmth. Based on the price of these, I would expect something much more spectacular... Guess I’ll be sitting Series 3 out on the sidelines... $15 is just too much for average beers.
blankboy (7590) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small diminishing creamy off-white head. Mild aroma is sweet and sugary along with caramel, fruit and alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, buttery toffee, alcohol and a dry bitter finish. Average bodied. A subtle beer, it’s barely oak-aged, but it’s an O.K. beer.
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from SL. The pour was dark copper to brownish, near to nil head and lacing. The aroma was strong oak and vanilla. The flavor followed with some firm oak, vanilla, roasty/ash elements from the barrel presumably, tannins, some caramel and light dark fruity notes in the finish. Body was moderate but a little sticky and undercarbonated. Alcohol was detectable but not harsh.
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coppery with no head. Aroma of oak, ripe fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is oak, vanilla, toasted bread, raisins, and caramel.
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy deep copper brown colored body with a very thin and barely there light khaki head. Smells of sweet toffee and leather are very pleasant. There is also some apple. This smells almost like a barley wine and tastes like an old ale. The taste is sweet and earthy with some iron blood taste. There is also some pear and cinnamon spice. The finish is dusty with cobwebs. A decent and interesting brew with light oak notes being just a highlight, not a dominant feature. Very smooth for the alcohol level.
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a medium frothy white head. Average head retention and lacing. The oak notes come through strongly in the aroma, particularly maple and vanilla with a bit of caramel and light fruitiness. Taste is citrus, raisin and other fruit notes with strong oak, maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Very nice beer.
jb (3155) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh so much better than Cuvee 1 thankfully. Dark orange with ruby highlights, thick foam, spotty lacing. Aroma is raisins, brandy, alcohol, oak. Palate is a bit oaky, sugary, slightly sticky (tacky), small bubbled mouthfeel, a medium sweet finish. Overall very good, maybe lacking in the complexity department.
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, caramel, light peat, and oak. Flavor of wood, caramel, raisins, and brown sugar.