Purchased at: Some place in Robinson PA.
What makes this beer different: Stout with vanilla and oak flavors, no gimmicks.
Will I be drinking this again: Hell yes
5/16/2010: This beer was my very first stout that I liked; my gateway beer into the dark side if you will. I had this because of a recommendation by Mark Davis, former brew-master at Iron City, and current owner of The Bottleshop Cafe. I used to work at a restaurant right next to the cafe, and would stop in for a beer a couple nights a week after I got off my shift. Back then the place was small and had much better beer. Either way he introduced me to Oak Barrel Stout, and I have been a dark beer addict ever since.
I have a few 2007 bottles sitting around, and this stuff ages beautifully. This bottle is a 2010, and they may have changed the recipe just a bit. The smell is semi-oakey, and a good bit of chocolate. The flavors are straight foward, vanilla, some oak, and a bit of sweet chocolate. This beer is not overly complex which is what makes it great. Vanilla is also one of my favorite flavors which helps. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a stout, which makes it very drinkable. The flavors are a bit less dominant than I remember. Either I have blown out my palette with these big heavy stouts, or they have changed the recipe a bit. Still one of my favorite accessible beers around for sure.
Picture of the day: unemployed with a baby.