GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
651mL thanks to Dan Fromson. Pours a clear, deep red. Thick, larger yellowed foam. Large formation and impressive retention. Nose is sharper nut shells, ground herbs, spruce tips. Taste is drained, watery, herbal, thin. All tannins extracted from super fresh- too fresh- oak chips. Smells and tastes like a lumber mill.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mansquito (6902) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria tap ($8): Pours a brownish color with an off-white head. Aroma is a nice mix of malts and hops and wood and stuff. Taste is much the same. Basically, this is a very well-balanced ale. The oak-aging is very subtle as compared to many other beers. The hops are moderate, but in good form, with an excellent flavour profile. The maltiness is reserved, yet the champion of this beer. All in all, this beer might be from another world, insofar as it reads as a primer for balanced, and, more so, as a primer for balanced experimentation. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2012
22oz bottle, foil wrapped. Vol 16. Brown color, superior lace. Strong Ale. Tastes of rye whiskey, toasted grains, herbal hops, loads of wood. Strong booze finish. Aroma of tree. Alcoholic scent, cherry extract, toasted malts, caramel, spruce. Soo, f’n good. I feel like I’m going 88mph! Can’t wait to ’time travel’ out of this day.(3350) zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Rusty brownish-orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy on the sweetness with notes of graham cracker and brown sugar and light floral hops the creep up in the background. The oak aging is very present in the flavor and dampens the hop bitterness leaving mostly an oaky, sweet beer that is only faintly hoppy. Just ok. Thewade (340) - USA - MAY 26, 2012
Strong ale. Caramel notes at beginning. Malty. As usual, I enjoyed this offering from Terrapin. Personally I didn’t taste any oak notes, but allergies interferred. I recommend this brew.
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Aroma is very strong. Sweet malty possibly caramel. Dark brown appearance with medium tan head. Medium sweet taste though not that much to it. Pretty hoppy finish but fairly smooth. Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Very good. The nose is strong caramel with syrup and toffee notes. There is a touch of oak in the nose but not a predominat as other oak aged brews. The hop aromas tend to the citrus, particularly and orange note. The beer is a deep brown and farily clear with a viscous syrupy head with somewhat of a fizzy structure. Oddly the head while mostly tan hand some yellowing where it concentrated. The head left thick legs of lace all down the glass. The taste is sweet caramel malt with notes of toffee and some butter/diacetyl notes. Again orange like hop made a showing. The beer is thick with and oily finish and a strong alcohol presence. Overall a good beer for sipping in the evening. AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Thick body to this beer. Sweet molasses and caramel candy with orange hop flavor. The taste lingers on the tongue. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Is the PH for Phat? So much cuteness and stoner punning, so little time. Anyways, pretty decent over-the-top ASA, heavy on the wood and fruit qualities, all shot through with caramel malts and strong booze. Not a style I’m especially into these days, but it seems to be well-rendered, with plenty o’ vanilla tannins, some sweet syrup, and a fairly aggressive hopping that complements the wood. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Caramel, raisin and dark fruit aromas. Oak, massive oak, raisiny and toffee. Overall a decent American strong ale.