Back Road Oak Aged Black IPA
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
This version has been aged with oak and is a tap only offering. It is black in color and well...hoppy. Toasty and roasty flavors come out at first, then the hop smack hits. I made a very limited supply of this hybrid beer style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Date: 03/07/2008
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: black, big tan head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet oak aroma with a touch of roasted malt and sweet citrus,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: big oak flavor balanced with lots of citrus hops, bitterness rises out of the oak, chocolate and roasted crawls out from beneath the oak to add complexity,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Thanks go to Mike for the hand-bottle! Poured quite deep brown with a creamy, thick cap of yellowy-beige head and thorough lacing as it descended. The aroma picked up sweet floral and toasted nutty notes upfront, with lingering oak and medium-skinned fruits beneath.. the oak was even more present with warmth, and provided a fine platform for supporting this one. The flavor was chock fulla toasty oak all the way through.. caramel and mild grapefruit pair with a bit of chocolate and lots of pine bitterness across the middle.. bitterness was quite high by the end, and the sweet chocolate-y and piney finish was very enjoyable. Medium-plus bodied, and it left a lot of piney bitterness and toasted oak sourness on the finish.. well-balanced and very solid all-around!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Hand-bottled from a growler thanks to BBB63: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing white head. Complex aroma of fresh woody oak and a touch of grapefruity hops and lightly sweet dark malts. Body starts fairly full with a decent malty sweetness and a good amount of fresh oak and bittering hops before a peppery, drier, slightly earth finish. A unique and enjoyable India Dark Ale (IDA).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Rerate: The oak is slowly coming around more on the finish of the beer, the combination of wood, charred malt and piney is a beautiful thing.

Tap at brewery: Nearly opaque with a frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of nice pine and grapefruit, prune, charred and chocolate malt, and a hint of fresh oak. The taste starts with a layer of balanced chocolate and bready malts working with a sharp hop bitterness supported by a light amount of citric fruit. You get a touch of oak wood, charred malt and light hop spice upon the finish. The mouth feel is lively and crisp with a dry finish. The wood seemed to bring out the hop profile even more than in the regular version. MIKEY LIKEY! Good job

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4810) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2008
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body capped by a small, khaki-colored head. Smell: What an oaken odor! Wood, fresh lumber, ground up saplings, some soil, even the birds once living in those majestic oak trees. Taste: Black malt with a touch of creosote. The oak flavor is definitely at the forefront from beginning to end. Sharp bitterness. Finishes still quite wooden, with a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A very well crafted oak-aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2008
growler from BBB63. Black pour. tan head. Big aromas of fresh lumber. Hints of red grapefruit zest. Flavors of spearmint, chocolate. Finishes with a big wood, bitter hoppiness. Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
12 oz hand bottle shared by tjthresh, courtesy of BBB63 - enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Pour is black-brown-ruby with a nice dirt brown head. Aroma of piney hops, licorice, bright spiciness. The oak is present as well. Taste of bright hops, moving quickly into the grainy oak woodiness. Vanilla notes become evident in the finish / after taste. This was a very creative and well made beer. Huge thanks to both Mike and Tom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
12 oz. hand bottle courtesy of a trade with BBB63, thanks Mike! Pours a virtually opaque black with a moderate light brown head with dense froth and ample lacing. The aroma is surprisingly light for such a dark beer with notes of pine, grapefuit and lightly roasted malt. Not so with the flavor - lightly roasted malt up front with some very soft wood flavors and then bam!!! - the hops kick in. Just the right amount of hops bitterness that lingers well beyond the swallow. There is also a very subtle coffee and roasted malt flavor that rises ever so slightly at the finish as well. This is really a unique beer and very well done. Kudos to the brewer on this one and my thanks to Mike for sending me this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
bottle hooked up by BBB63. notes of bright, bitter dark chocolate moderate-heavy roast, touch of cream. really nice dark roast character. dry. prob the best beer i’ve had from back road. touch of wet oak. pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22 oz hand bomber from BBB63. Pours a cola black with a red tint and a medium sized creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, tar, pine and faint grapefruit. Very unique taste of roasted malt mixed in with wood chips, pine needles and a hint of grapefruit. This is quite enjoyable tasting all of these different flavors in a brew. Very nice. Thanks Mike for allowing me to try such a oddity.

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