RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Ale aged in American Oak ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark ruby red color, roasted malt flavor with apparent bitterness. Finishes with a rich caramel and espresso aroma. AMERICAN OAK IMPRESSIONS: Impressions of vanilla crème, classic crème brûlée and nougat. A little more oak flavor than series one, but with creamy intensity. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a darkruby maroon with little head. Nose is grape juice almost like a shot of 3 Olives grape vodka is in it, booziness, some oak & vanilla. Taste is no grape, caramel, vanilla, light oak. Didnt finish the glass. not for me & especially for what i paid for it. Who gives a F%$# if its individually boxed make it affordable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nephilium (1787) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2009
This starts with a slightly sweet smell, underlying hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Pours a clear red, with a thin light tan head. A very creamy mouthfeel. This comes across sweet, with a bit of vanilla and oak. Not bad, but not something I’m going to go after again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Dark brown sort of color with a dense but small head. Loads of vanilla, loads of sweet toffee. Dark fruit in the background and a woody finish. Extremely sweet but not in a bad way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle shared by ucusty - thanks, David! Dark pour, well carbonated, almost menacing looking. Nose was fairly complex, fragrant with sweet candy and oak. Not as harsh and one-dimensional as the initial entry in this series. Strong hop aggression balanced out by sweet malts and some seriously grapey flavors. Weak tea in the finish, alas. But this was an improvement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing this one. Pours a dark copper with a one finger offwhite head. The nose is sweet, fruity, oaky, caramel, mildly tannic. Flavor is mild, some waxy character, rich, caramel, malty. Palate is waxy and astringent. Overall a pretty plain beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
22oz bottle shared by nuplastikk. Hazy brown-amber with a small light beige head. Lots of oak, vanilla and spice in the aroma, with a sweet berry and frosting touch. Sweet, alcoholic, oaky and malty flavors. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. the oak provides some foil to the sweetness, but doesn’t quite manage. Full, sticky body. Alright for a few sips, but this could use some more balance for that sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (10201) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
BOTTLE: copper pour, sweet aroma with some booze. Taste is caramel, oak, quite rich. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(22oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk) Medium tan head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, some vanilla, light alcohol. Taste is sweet, oak, light vanilla, some alcohol. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and milk chocolate with lots of fresh oaky character. Starts with good fullness and rich, sweet dark caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of fresh oak and bittersweetness toward the drier, crisp finish. Pretty well balanced, complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3419) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
This was a decent but unspectacular beer. Aroma was OK. Vanilla, oak and caramel. Pour was a nice deep gold with a one finger bubbly off white head. Taste was a little thin with hints of roasted caramel and chocolate in the front with a weird spiciness prickling the tonsils in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation makes the beer enjoyable. One thing’s for sure, this tasted like an 8% beer at most. Good job at hiding the alcohol.

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