elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 50F.
SpringsLicker (3665) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours dark red with a two finger light beige head that recedes to the tiniest of wispy caps and a ring and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.
Aroma features a lot of oak, some vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Strength is on the weaker side.
Flavor is oaky, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, vanilla, toffee, some caramel, some herbal and resinous hops, moderate sweetness in the middle, good bitterness on the finish and a decent amount of alcohol burn as well.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a little sticky and oily, strong carbonation.
This is an oak bomb, and a pretty solid beer overall, but there are some quirks keeping it from being great: weak nose, hot, a bit messy at times.
The pour produces a dark brown, somewhat murky body that displays a quick-lived tan head.
Dark musty caramel aroma with dark dried fruits.
The flavor hits heavy and doesn’t wait to sneak in there. Anise, unsweetened chocolate. old raisins, very complex.
It might be interesting to lay a bottle or two of this back back. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle from Market Square. Murky dark brown pour with a tan head. Nose is strong boozy oakiness, cigar paper, caramel, burned sugars with hints of dark fruit. Flavor profile is weird and confusing with oak, dried salty plums, peanuts, minerals and caramel. Theres some other characteristics i cant quite put my finger on. Super weird and bastardized beer. nj_BierMaven (124) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2012
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room. Toasty cherry and oak flavors. Not at all sweet, oak adds complexity not found in others I’ve tasted. I think I could drink this all night except it’s so strong. Very smooth, intriguing complexity. Remained smooth as I let it warm. YUM! jbruner (5124) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours a hazy brown from the bomber with a thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malts and oak, kind of like most oak aged ales. Taste follows smell, but maltier than the smell and a bit of an alcohol burn on the way down. Enjoyable, but intense, not sure if I would ever drink another...good thing it’s limited release.
obguthr (6595) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Weak oak nose. Hazy copper, thin yellow head. Oak and cranberry flavor. Hints of smoke. Not hot. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Medium brown with cream head. Smells like dubble bubble plus a lemon note. Spare and dry with hips kicking in late. Light then hoppy with long hoppy finish- seems a little unintegrated. Get more of the oak as it warms. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Brown pour with thin layer tan head. too heavy on the oak. Can’t really get much else from it. Fruity, earthy, floral, nutty, heavy woody tannins. I guess there is some complexity here, but I can’t really get it out. Maybe it just needs to age a little? Probably one of my least favorites of the series. Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogany, reddish-brown, thin head. The rich aroma carries for quite the distance ... cooked sugar, rich malt, caramel. None of those essences even begin to hint at the monstrous cacophony of big-a$$ flavors lurking in this brew. Big, chewy licorice/caramel, baked brown sugar, alcohol. Don’t think this is an easy-going one ... this is a slow sipper, but delicious. (#4619, 6/21/2012) RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle poured into snifter. Murky reddish-brown in color with a thin graham cracker colored head that diminishes pretty quickly but hangs out for a while on the glass’ edges. Good aroma; notes of wood, light vanilla, bready malt, booze, faint toffee, and even a touch of tin can. Extremely thick and oily on the palate. Full bodied to say the least. Wow, taste is extremely interesting and unique! Taste starts off slightly sweet with small doses of fig and raisin before bitter blast of sprucey/earthy hops takes over...all of this with a medium malty spine supporting it. The finish is all about the oak and it lingers long and even re-emerges if you swallow again. One of the more intriguing beer tastes I"ve had in a while. Too much of the wood/oak keeps it from being perfect, but a great beer overall. Kudos to Terrapin for their creativity here!