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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2011
6/19/11 st cuvee #2 bottle from wooden keg ( $13 2 years ago) Crimson / dark amber color no head. A= wow, booze!...though not unpleasant...vanilla,wood, multi vitamins, caramel, orange, faint nuttiness F= iced tea/florals on finish and a.t., orange juice concentrate as well...nuttiness/nougat caramely oak and slight bitterness akin to burnt sugar. Quite sweet but bearable. Med body. Not syrupy but kinda meh on the tongue. A little boring... 7/4/7/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, nicely tanned head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry red hue and a touch of gold when held up to the light. The beer smells rich and malty, with lots of toasted notes that are also accentuated by some soft oak notes. Lots of the toasted character comes from concentrated caramelized malt notes, there is some nutty character to this beer and some spicy grain almost like rye. There is a touch of richness to this beer, it sort of smells a touch buttery (no doubt from the oak, but also a bit from the rich caramelized malt), a definitely butterscotch type note, or perhaps a bit more like toffee.

The beer is has lots of caramelized notes in the flavor, again there is a significant toffee note, and maybe a touch of butterscotch. The beer finishes with a green, sort of astringent oak like character that helps to balance the rich, sweeter side of the malt. The oak contributes a touch of peppery character to the finish, as well as some alcohol that reminds me a bit of brandy, though it is a bit too malty for that. The nuttiness is perhaps accentuated a bit by just a hint of oxidation.

In many ways this is clean and perhaps a touch simplistic, it does have some richness to it, but even the body seems to be lacking a complexity that would make this the beer it is trying to be. Having said that though, this is still a quite enjoyable beer. The oak is really well done here, it is quite subtle, and it is just enough to balance the up front, caramelized malt character; it even manages to keep this from being cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (1212) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Reddish brown color, cloudy with quickly dissipating head. Thick malt nose, similar to a dopplebock; malty with hint of pine. This brew provides a punch. Certainly along the lines of a Dopplebock, rich, full, heavily hopped. Hint of alcohol in the finish and a bit astringent. A big big brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Not as good as I would have expected from a very solid brewer.Pours a dark ruby red with an off white head. Nose and taste are of muted malts leaning towards coffee and caramel and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22oz bottle 9/8/11 (Some Binny’s)-58° in Snifter-Pours a dark amber with a small off white ring for a head. Aroma of oak, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste of oak, vanilla, creme brûlée, and chocolate. This full bodied brew is well balanced and easy to drink. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14202) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle (from American Beer Distributors, Brooklyn) at Leighton’s Aug 11 tasting. It pours hazy dark mahogany brown, with a decent off-white head. The nose is oak, caramel, dust, orange, brown sugar, nougat and vanilla. The taste is fig, oak, caramel, brown sugar, treacle, nut, hazelnut syrup, crème brûlée and vanilla, with warming alcohol in the finish. Full body, syrupy mouth-feel and fine carbonation. A decent sweet American Strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2011
Pours dark amber/brown with a large, lasting head. Nose shows lots of sweet caramel, vanilla, floral notes, oak, soft alcohol and light spicy hops. Very sweet smelling. Also present is a perfume-like character. Similar flavours: caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak, creme brulee, alcohol, spicy notes. Very creamy, slick mouthfeel, personally I think it could do with a bit more carbonation. Very nice stuff, though I can see how it may have been a little hot when young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20792) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at a tasting, thanks to Paul. Pours hazy, purple-brown with a medium, off-white head. Ripe fruits and heavy malts on the nose, some Annie’s mac n’ cheese. Extremely sweet, lots of baked beans (which I love!) And toffee, some ripe fruits, mild booze. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Decent warm finish, some more baked beans, toffee, brown sugar, some vanilla. Tons of sugar. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
Pour ruby/amber with thin beige head. Aroma oak vanilla, caramel, creme brulee, butterscotch, quite sweet, tobacco, mild dark fruit. Taste vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, creme brulee, mild dark fruit, raisins. MF medium to full body with light carb. solid brew complex and full of flavors. Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3 year old large format in snifter. Carmel color. White lacing. Creamy with toffee vanilla and carmel. Medium bitterness, sweet, and good burn. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Very well done.

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