timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle from Bev4Less. Aroma was of woody, centennial hops. Flavor kinda reminded me of Double Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which made the style say American Strong Ale more than Amber Ale. This one was harsh to start, but definitely mellowed and was more enjoyable in the glass as it sat. Very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2010
bottle. Some shared this at the Freetail La Muerta release. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of oak and some citrus. Funny taste with the wood and herbs over the citrus. Meh. Mouthfeel was carbonated with a bitter finish. mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Cloudy red pour, the aroma was of clean citrus hops, some caramel and a touch of sweet oaky vanilla. Flavors were heavy on the vanilla up front, then some wood and a light caramel sweetness. This finished somewhat bittersweet with a fantastic lasting hop presence, big citrus and pine notes, quite smooth all around. Extremely nice. Great addition to the tasting. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
From a tap,red in color,minimal head, thin body,interesting yeast taste,not bad but not what i had in mind. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750ml bottle generously muled to me by t0rin0. thanks, robert! pours a gorgeous, hazy, reddish amber with a massive, thick, eggshell head and great lacing. aroma is wonderful with fresh, citrusy hop notes of white grapefruit and orange that also bring forth a beautiful, herbal spiciness and hints of tropical fruits and berries backed by freshly cut, mellow oak, vanilla, and a hint of spruce. flavor is delicious as well with crisp, raw hops showcasing notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine esters smoothed out by sweet vanilla, wood, and nutty toffee on the finish. palate is medium bodied and crisply carbonated with a smooth bitterness and a hint of sweetness on the finish. overall, a great example of skilled barrel aging and a pleasure to drink.
Haslinger (1000) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013
pours a nice reddish color with a slight head. Good initial taste with good bready malt and caramel present. Solid finish cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pours deep amber with a slight haze. Large off-white head with good retention and lace. The aroma doesn’t pop right of the bat. Traditional malty amber notes is all I got on the nose. As it warms it improves: Floral, oak, and even some melon. Quite a bit of oak actually. Light+ sweet, light+ bitter flavors. Medium body and texture, surprisingly soft carbonation, and a grassy hopped dry finish. bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Mellow cloudy orange with a very thin haze of white. Bright hoppy aroma of peach, fruit cocktail, pineapple. Average carbonation, dry finish. Tropical and dank grapefruit hop flavor as well as some more fruit cocktail, toffee, and caramel. JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
pours a redish brown with an off white head. Big Centennial hop nose and taste. Also picked up the woodiness from the barrel. There is a lot going on in the beer the back tast was for sweet and citrus fruits, spices, and malt. Interesting beer. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
I was very excited for this one but was very let down. It poured a hazy amber color with a huge white head. The first whiff reminded me of an infected centennial ipa I brewed that had a huge head. Flavor was slightly better but I really could not finish the whole bottle. Hopefully it was just a bad bottle but kind of sucks when you ship it across the country.