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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1903) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2008
12 oz . Handbottled and traded to me by BBB63. Many thanks for this very good hybrid. I’m jealous of those that can enjoy it on tap. Poured a black color with mahogany edges & a 1/2" tan head. Spotty lacing coats my glass. Aroma was not huge. Grapefruit & malts. Mouthfeel was on the dry side with just right carbonation. I served this brew cold, fridge temp, and at first the hoppy bitterness was strong. Very much like grapefruit & citrious fruits. As the brew warmed the bitterness became more subtle and some background flavors of malt/bakers chocolate became more pronounced. Just a hint of the oak aging flavored the brew. I’m not an IPA guy, but this was pretty damn good. Thanks again Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, roast, and some juicy grapefruit hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, and a bitter juicy grapefruit hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4801) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Pours a dark, caramel brown with a thin mocha head. The nose is of piny and grapefruit hops, vanilla and roasted malt; interesting but a bit hard to wrap my head around. Medium-bodied and fairly thin, it has soft carbonation and a dry, woody, resinous finish. The flavor is an interesting combination of grapefruit and resinous hop notes followed by young oak at the dry finish. This is a pretty tasty beer. Thanks for sending us this one, Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Hand-bottle courtesy of BBB63, via tjthresh. Tasted in March ’08. Citrusy and floral hops, light roast, and light wood in the aroma. Taste is woodsy, floral, with light citrus. Moderate bitterness lingers into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Kinda against the grain a little I suppose, but this one just didnt do it for me completely. Hoppy, chalky, lighth chocolate, not.....then my notes got cut off.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BCMike22 (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Smells spicy, almost sour. Poured into snifter glass. Reddish brown, not quite pure back. Oak taste is prominent, almost overpowering. Lasting aftertaste, almost what you would expect in a nice scotch w/a smoky flavor.

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