dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottke courtesy of markwise!). Pours copper with big off-white head. Aroma of wood and cardboard. Some citrus and resin, bit it takes a backseat to the oak. Taste is sweet with vanilla notes and bitterness. Great mouthfeel on this. There’s a creaminess to this (vanilla?) That I wouldn’t have guessed would be there and it mellows the bitterness to make this well balanced. This is an absolutely delicious beer.
thirdeye11 (5390) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) clear amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of orange, light oak, funk, wood char, herbal and rhubarb. Taste of oak, astringent, woody, oranges, and a well carbonated finish. Bit of pine bitterness but smoothed out by the oak.
nimbleprop (4190) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel orange with a cloudy, white head. Nose is neat, herbal, floral, tropical fruit, juniper. Flavor is sweet, spicy, juniper, all spice, white pepper, caramel, light orange. Full bodied, peppery finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: A gift from Daknole! THANKS! Aroma of hops, tropical fruit, mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, light oak, and a hint of pine. Too much tropical fruit, orange, nectarine for me. Poured amber/orange in color with a very large, creamy, dense, frothy, off-white head that diminished a bit, but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, white oak, orange, nectarine, citrus, and slight pine. Medium body. Average texture. Average to lively carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter, white oak, tropical fruit, tangerine, finish. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/26/10 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours hazy orange-brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to leaving rocky lace. The nose is American Oak (dill, vanilla, cinnamon) with a strong caramel malt backbone, and just a hint of bitter hops. The flavor starts off with some caramel and vanilla sweetness up front with a good dose of bitter hops taking everything over. The oak flavor serves well to balance everything out. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long vanilla, oak, and hops finish.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dry, oaky profile, hazy gold, wispy white head. Lots of white pepper, oak, bit of grass. Sweet flavor, bubblegum, bit green and disappointing. Meh, think I like this less than the regular and humidor.
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL courtesy of Travlr. Poured a hazy light amber with a towering, ultra-rocky, yellow, creme head. Massive retention and lace. Aroma is candy corn, melon, cantaloupe Taste is bitter melon rind, sweet residual sugars, some odd sweet melon character. Soft carbonation. Really no hop character so I’m not even thinking IPA while trying this. It’s yummy but a bit too sweet and fruity.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Murky amber body with small but persistent off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, wood, some mango. Taste is medium sweet, wood, some grapefruit. Medium body, low carbonation.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy raw oak, with some light malt sugars. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, very little hops, but there’s some light citrus. There’s just a ton of raw and rough oak. Bleh.
jjuf1853 (1200) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brass Tap. I really enjoy the regular and Humidor series Jai Alai IPAs from CCBC so it came as no surprise that this one was delicious as well. Very interesting characteristics achieved from the oak. The citrus hops are subdued some with subtle hints of vanilla added. Very nice indeed.