ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear reddish-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts, toffee, oak, vanilla, and citrus hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramel malts with some oak and some citrus hops and light bitterness. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with a bit more citrus hop flavor and some toasted caramel malt. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, sweet caramel, and some citrus hops.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and vanilla finish.
D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging really adds a great dimension of complexity to the beer that starys very balanced with the rest of the flavors. Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Huge head, lacing throughout. Malt, oak, earthy hops. Great beer. I can’t judge this one on style but it tastes amazing. MANdolin (3) - Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2012 does not count
Very Tasty! I’m a little sick so don’t trust my palette on this one! But I am enjoying it. Color = good! CO2 = Good! Flavor = Very GOOD! Aroma = Very Good! I enjoyed! Would definitely drink again! dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2013
A pretty fruity hop aroma. Great red color. This is definitely on the hoppy side for a red. The beer tastes intense at first sip but the ending is pale by comparison. Still, good stuff. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 6/18/2013.
DocJitsu (1974) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Appearance: Pours a cloudy red.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, light pine, oak.
Taste: Light medium bitterness, light oak, caramel but not overpowering. Accessible.
Palate:Medium light body, lingering aftertaste, slightly sticky.
Summary: I had this at Savor 2011 and as with a lot of late tastings at a Savor event didn’t really get good notes on it, so was excited to try again. This did not disappoint. I could drink this everyday, it’s really enjoyable, not too aggressive but plenty of flavor. Too bad I live on the wrong coast to get it easily...
Pours a dirty, cloudy, homebrewish, orange-amber with a pillowy, foamy long-lasting light caramel colored head. Just lovely! Aromas of grapefruit, toffee, and fruit hard candy. Smooth, lightly oily mouthfeel. Ripe fruit, toffee, and a bit of oaky vanilla. Grapefruit bitterness at the finish. Very nice effort. Marheb (5750) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Un malt délicat et complexe, une touche de centennial et de vanille dans un liquide aussi facile à boire que précieux. jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a generous off white head and lots of lacing.
Smells of grapefruit hops along with some good caramel notes.
Starts off with some citrusy hoppiness and rounds into a sweet caramel flavor with notes of some oak. 25% in oak was a good idea as the oak flavor is present, but not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is good and creamy with a little bit lower carbonation level than normal.
Hoppy reds are right up my alley and this one is no different. I could use just a touch more hoppiness, but overall a great beer. Wish they’d distribute it nationally.
rejtable (2671) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Tap at doubletree Anaheim. Pours pretty clear amber no head some lacing. Nose is earthy bitterness. Flavours are sweet malt, some Cheerios, lots of citrus, some wood. Taste medium/light bitter light sweet. Full body with lively carbonation. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Appearance: Pours a vibrant amber with a small tight head.
Aroma: Faint sugar sweetness (brown sugar or rock candy sugar perhaps) and oak barrel.
Taste: The first thing I noticed was oak. A little woody. Then a layer of sweetness that I found in the nose, rock candy sugar, maybe some spicy cinnamon candy as well. The beer finished with a nice punch of spicy hops. Between the hops and oak, I was pretty amazed. As noted by The Bruery, this is their first beer not using their proprietary yeast strain. Not mad at all about that.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation, and a little bit sticky.
Overall: Something I could drink all day. I like a spicy hoppy red, and the oak put it over the top for me.