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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Is it right? Seems a bit excessive really. But we did it anyway, because we can. We have aged our Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale in bourbon barrels and it is ready to drink. Yep, that 10% ABV monstrosity has been, as they say, kicked up a notch. It was a quick stay in the barrel. We didnít want the beer to lose all of itís hallmark hoppiness. And after only a couple of months, a lot remains. Flavors of vanilla and oak now intertwine with the malty sweetness and are countered by a pronounced hop bitterness. What was complex is now impossible to unravel. It really has to be tasted to be understood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3082) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
On tap, poured a dark reddish orange with one finger white head that faded quickly leaving not much lacing behind. Predominant aromas of vanilla and oak. Other scents of orange peel, peat whiskey bourbon, pine. Taste is good vintage oaky wood notes with vanilla ice cream, whiskey, caramel, and a tad of butterscotch. Insanely awesome barrel aged beer from Ballast Point. Very complex and spirit like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft, RBSG bus tour. Medium beige head, hazy red body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, some Bourbon, caramel, light cherry/raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, Bourbon. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at Caponeís. Served in a snifter. Pours a slightly-hazed dark amber color with a single-finger white head that sticks around for just a bit before falling into a thin cap, leaving some spotted white lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries strong hops with just a bit of bourbon. Pine and floral hops, mostly. Some earthiness there as well. The flavor works wonders in combining the bourbon and the hops. Itís one of the first bourbon or oaked IPAs that Iíve really enjoyed. Thereís a light bourbon presence and Iím thinking this has to be a second or third-use of a barrel given how light it is. It provides a nice creaminess to the feel as well. In the foreground is plenty of piney hops with a bit of an earthy character. Bitter finish. Really well done. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-12-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2011
on tap @Capones RBSG-pours an off white head that laces and amber/copper color. Aroma is pineapple/tropical fruit/sweet medium malt-caramel, wood. Taste is pineapple/tropical fruit/sweet medium malt-caramel, wood. Syrupy mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On tap at Caponeís, our first stop on the RBSG bus. Pours a nearly clear orange ruby with a thin white head. Floral, vanilla and bourbon and wood on the nose. Big bourbon sweetness, long and sweet. A bit too sweet overall, the bourbon sort of dominating. Toast, wood and more sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On draft at Caponeís. Poured deep orange color with lingering off white head. Bourbon definitely present in the aroma and initial flavor on the palate. Tastefully aged, not overpowering, still a lot of nice hoppiness. Great warming alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1640) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Pours brown with beige head. Aroma was caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet with piney bitters tempered by sweet vanilla. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a deeper amberish/orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, citrus, some bourbon, and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon (more than the aromas), oaky woodiness, vanilla, and fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Tap at Khyber Pass in Philly, PA. Pours a glowing deep red with nice tan layered lace. Nose is a little cheesy with muted but present soft bourbon. As it opens the nose gains some paper. Taste has nice silky bourbon upfront then moving to spicy hops and red fruits (sweet strawberries). Palate is a little chalky though overall is pretty rich feeling. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Slightly hazed orange with creamy white head and lace. Caramel, BB, bread and resin. Bourbon, sweet caramel, bready, with a nice resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation. nice

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