maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Draught. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight head on it. I get effectively no nose off this. Taste is slightly sour and reminds me quite a bit of one of the Belgian styles. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a thick, light tan head. The nose is a little nondescript with slight caramel malt notes. The flavor is a little sweet with a slight earthy bitterness, oak, and a slight underlying fruitiness. Less complex than I was hoping for. Medium to full body with a medium finish. BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours a translucent deep brown with toasted amber highlights and two fingers of beige foam. The aroma is earthy and nutty, a little sharp. Makes your mouth water. There’s a little bit of oak and alcohol in the nose. Bit of booze right away with this round, "pillowy" oak flavor. Not quite vanilla, not quite charred wood. Bits of caramel and nice, soft malts. Great, evenly bitter finish that doesn’t break character with citrus or pine like I expected, at first. Honestly, if this was on tap somewhere, I’d be dead from alcohol poisoning.
It’s not exceptional, but man is it far too easy to drink. Worth far more than the sum of its parts. Could be exceptional with a bit of fine-tuning. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle (thanks to Beerlando)... Poured dark reddish with a thin, light beige head. This was super nice. Notes of vanilla, smooth effervescent oak, with caramel and which malt tones. Smooth and balanced. I feel like this was drinking great now, but could age nicely too. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2012
bottle split with jcos....pours dark brown, translucent, small head. Aroma is sweet malt and oak. Palate is dark sugar and too much oak, sweet dry finish.
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on October 14th, 2012.wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown
Aroma: Aroma of oak, malt.
Taste: Faint bitterness, too much oak
Summary: Oak-aged ales that are too much oak don’t seem to work for me,yet I keep trying them. Maybe I should stop.
Tasted on 10/10/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours a very hazy dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and sweet oak, with just a touch of burnt malty bitterness. The flavor is not as sweet as I expected given the nose, but there is plenty of caramel malt, along with vanilla, cinnamon, and toffee oak, and a nicely charred and roasted bitter finish as well. The body is full with average carbonation and a long caramel, vanilla, and roasted bitter finish. keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Big beer but well hidden. I found out the next morning. Pours amber with a slight red tint, small head. The aroma was fruity with some oak, caramel. The flavor had the oak and caramel along with a nice bitter balance. Nicely done. glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, pine and cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with notes of date, wood, alcohol and dust. Head is average size, frothy, light tan with fair but sticky lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is murky mahogany. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and a lightly to moderately alcoholic finish. Nothing really outstanding about this American Strong Ale other than the bitterness, but the palate makes it very smooth and easy drinking. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of oak, spice and grassy hops. Big oaky flavor to the point it’s plasticky, with malt, caramel and grassy hop flavors to complement. Could dial back the oak, but not bad.