Rustyham (1821) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! this starts really sweet and fruity, like apricot. The aroma is also like a peach strawberry slurry, like something you’d put on pancakes. that flavor then develops into a really smoky, ashy oak flavor. very interesting. this is a hell of a great beer! From a trade with Smith4498, thanks Jason!
vtafro (5514) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber orange pour with tan head. Light woody, some sweet tones, and citrus aromas. Flavor is citrus, and sweet fruit, light cedar and oak, some light sweet vanilla and other malts.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark orange with a two finger head. Tropical fruit notes with slight hints of vanilla. Taste explodes of citrus (coconut, mango, pineapple, and some bitterness on the end as a burnt orange peel. A nice medium length finish. Killer beer.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another CCB scored from my buddy kiefdog. poured gold with a white head. aroma was oak, caramel, toffee, and pine. flavor was oak, caramel, and pine with some serious fruity notes. body was light with low carbonation.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!
Pours a hazy dark golden orange/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger yellowish beige head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
The aroma of this beer is kind of odd with a blend of toasted oak, earthy hops and a buttery malt backbone. I’m not picking up much of the citrus and pine hop presence f the base beer. Those notes are only faint under the barrel character and the nose s dominated by oak and malt. Hints of caramel, wood, toffee, biscuit and butter.
Medium bodied with more of a hop forward presence than the aroma suggests. Dry and bitter with lots of resinous, earthy pine flavor. The white oak presence is very prominent adding more dryness and a toasted wood flavor that takes away from the sweeter tropical/citrus notes of the base beer. As a result, the malt backbone is stronger with hints of toffee, caramel and biscuit. The ABV is well masked making this beer pretty quaffable but t could use some more balance.
Overall, this was an interesting beer and the white oak barrel really changes the base beer, but it could use a bit of sweetness to balance things out.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head. lots of oak in the nose with layers of vanilla and citrus hops. the oak treatment really shines through and gives the base a nice twist. full creamy body with american oak, vanilla, spice, pepper and orange zest. spicy dry finish with citrus bitterness layered in oak and vanilla. very nice!
jrallen34 (3503) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle drank from my Darkness glass, given to me by Mike...Pours a medium copper with an orange tint. An off white head rises about a finger, settles quickly to a decent soapy head with good retention...The aroma is sweet caramel on the front with tons of fresh oak that is also pretty sweet, its lots of wood but I’m liking it, shockingly...The taste sadly doesn’t translate as well. Its all wood and in a bad way, might as well be licking a fresh piece of wood, way to similar to cigar series ipa which was all cedar closet...The feel is good, sticky pine and tannic, a very interesting sensation.
Another failed Cigar City wood beer. Skip this
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice IPA. Orange brown clear pour. Light tan head. Nice piny hop aroma with woody notes. Lightly sweet flavor. Citrus hops and a bitter finish. Very herbal and piny. Creamy oak notes are noticeable in the background.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma and flavor are medium malt (biscuit, meal, bread), heavy hops (floral, grassy, citrus), apple/pear and oak notes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another offering secured by kmweaver: Pungent tropical aromas. Intense coconut oil flavor (idiosyncratic hop variety and/or fresh oak barrel character?).A lot of residual malt sugar but alcohol presence cuts it well to make it work.