Drake (13303) - 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.
bierkoning (13061) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ De Molen. Dark brown color. Caramelaroma, nutty with hints of oak and toffee. Sweet but alcoholic flavor, nutty with dried fruit, hints of oak and french nougat. Oak and hazelnut and toffee dessert in the aftertaste. Well made beer, not without complexity.
bu11zeye (13020) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a small, fizzy light beige head, medium to short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is oak, peppery alcohol, caramel and cookie malt, raisins and figs with earthy hops and papery oxidation notes. Flavor is sweet malt and light alcohol, oak, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, light oxidation notes and a sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Southern Tier tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 03/19/09. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Medium, creamy body with a woody character and flavors of malt, vanilla and a bit of tart fruit. The finish is smooth and malty with an oaky aftertaste. Pretty good overall, and defiinitely a step up from the first one.
Bov (12556) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from crackedkettle.com - pours a hazy ruby-brown colour with a modest head retention; shows a robust oak character with woody and vanilla tones, notes od prunes and black currant marmalade; solid malt body and with a robust sweetness partially balanced by a fair bitterness, sticky and oily palate, moderate carbonation, some warming alcohol presence in a long hoppy and woody finish with more notes of red fruits - a beautiful one
thewolf (12375) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. Pours deep, clear, dark chestnut red with a nice, staying, creamy, small white head. Aroma has sweet malts, caramel, port, raisins, vinious, light chocolate. Low carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, quite sweet and sticky, caramel, raisins, plums, nutty. Light oaky dryness, vinious. Lingering warming finish.
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Maybe the least oxidized of the trio I tasted, similiar flavor to the other, a bit mroe vanilla and oak notes have survived the extended aging.
hopdog (12140) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and clear orangish/amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, oaky/woodiness, some smoke, and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, oak, some cherries, and a little roastiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
Pinball (12031) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear amber, no lasting head, but smooth white while it is there.
aroma of old ale, vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, wood. alc pretty well hidden in the aroma.
flavor is sweet malty, toffee, wood, faint spicy, quite strong flavor. alc hidden but you know it’s powerfull from the overall flavor. a bit too bitter woody spicy, but quite interesting nevertheless. the kind of beer you would spend the entire night emptying slowly.