wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2012
I like the description on ratebeer better than the bottle’s description. Certainly more of a Strong American Ale than an American Ale.
No head but great all around other than that. Caramel and oak stick out in the Aroma. Caramel flavor continues in the taste. You feel this one throughout your mouth. Overall an impressive beer! Braudog (6763) - 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) MarkSachon (1028) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Big bottle from my neighbor Bob - Thanks buddy! Pours rich and heavy with immediate scents of caramel, brown sugar and a profound sense of sweetness. First mouthings reveal a good balance with just the right amount of bitters added to the dominate wood aged taste throughout. My wife shared the bottle and said she really enjoyed it, an unusual comment from someone who prefers things less rich and dark. I would gladly travel to planet Vulcan again for a second tasting. ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On Tap at Crafty Draught. Pours a dark amber with a foamy off-white head. Tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet fresh fruit, oak, alcohol, citrus, and candied sugar. Taste is of roasted malts, tad of citrus, definite oak barrel character, and caramel. Warms you up on a cold winter night like tonight. A boozy finish that leaves a lingering sweet candied finish. Awesomeness! Hope it takes me to back to the future! unclemattie (4358) - 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)
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! Zombeer (59) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A strong beer but nice and tasty as a slow sipper. I wouldn’t pay $9 a bottle again, but I’m glad I tried it. Nice buzz!!! mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Dark brown pour with an off white head. Faded quickly. Aroma was lightly roasted, some earthy hops, cocoa and a good bit of oakyness. Hint of booze. Flavors were oaky with hints of chocolate, a bit astringent in the finish but pleasing at the same time. Lots of oak, I assume they used spirals, would love to know how long. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, full, carbonation on the light side. This one really grew on me as I made my way through the bottle. Really enjoyed it, would pair nicely with a cigar... rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2012
The murky brown body reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel, and was topped off by a two finger thick head. The look was unremarkable, but the oaky and hoppy smell was quite a nose hair burner. The taste was presented a somewhat unpleasant mix of wood aged astringency and hop bitterness up front when the beer was cold. There were notes of coffee and chocolate mid palette, and the finish was woody and abrupt. I found the beer to be quite thin bodied. Gets sweeter and more rounded with a warm up, which takes a lot of the harsh edges off. nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Murky caramel with thin off-white head. Nose of caramel, dates, figs, and booze. Sticky, semi-thick with good carbonation. Somewhat bitterball over with nice dried dark fruits. Not exactly an 80 degree in the summer beer, but very good.