Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from markwise. Hazy, dark orange-gold pour which is lighter than regular Jai Alai. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is big on the citrus hops, with a subtle pine note. The smell of oak is noticeable but not overpowering. Flavor is sweet at first. Strong malt backbone, fading into a citrusy bitter finish. The oak aging seems to add a lot of sweetness. Almost has a taste like a fine Italian pastry. The wood flavor is an excellent complement to what was already a fantastic beer. I love just about anything aged on oak, and this is definitely no exception.
BBB63 (5746) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, received from 50belair, thanks, served in my GI IPA Tulip: Coppery golden hue with a fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of citric, catty, dank hops, biscuity and caramel malts, clean oak vapours, some pepper and clove with a minerally earthy tone. The taste has a controlled bitterness and tropical fruity overtone with layers of malts in support. The finish displays some hop spice character as well as mild tannic oak and some earthy qualities. The mouth feel is sprite and lively with a bit of a metallic and tannic finish. Overall a darn solid IPA but it did not knock my socks off. Methinks the oak treatment may have taken the edge off the brew, almost seemed a tad restrained.
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade bottle from DosBeerigos. Hazy orange with tiny white head. Aroma was very unique almost like sweet waffle and pastries. Taste was hoppy, oak, vanilla. Med body. well balanced. Good stuff.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber orange color with a very small bubbled tight antique white head. The aroma is very different than most IPA’s I have ever smelled with notes of pineapple, coconut, mango, and some citrus. The oak must really have an effect on the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amojnt of carbonation. The taste is sweet tropical fruit flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness in the end that lingers on for a while. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this. The oak shows through in the beginning as well. It still amazes me all the things CCB does with a great base beer as the White Oak version is great!
5000 (6029) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Dull and hazy amber, huge frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Very dusty/woody IPA like aroma.   Reminds me somewhat of a cedar chest.   Smidgen of citrus like hopiness.   Soft oak up front, hoppy yet not bitter.   Has a mild sweetness to it.   It does have this aroma of freshly shaven white oak.   The underlying IPA is not terribly heavy, hoppy yet not terribly bitter.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Seems fairly smooth.   As it warms it gets a little earthy and soily on the nose.   Interesting beer.   Not a strong IPA, and certainly one that has a lot of Oak character to it.   Thanks to fogdog for sending me this one!
JohnnyJ (4089) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle many thanks to 50belair. Copper pour, off-white head. This is really nice, Cigar City does a great job with the oak. Citrus, bitter, floral hops, oak, a slightly illusion of butteriness from the oak, pineapple, and sweetness. It’s a hard beer to describe, but the oak works really well.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a 3-4 finger creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, coconut, vanilla, pine and oak. Very tropical and fruity aroma. Very complex aroma which smells delicious.
Taste: Pine and grapefruit up front followed by coconut, vanilla and sweet citrus in the middle and ending with a blast of lemon rind and grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Extremely well balanced and delicious. Flavor is nearly flawless.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Quite creamy. Goes down very smoothly.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I only bought 2 bottles so I’m going to save the other for another day. I really wish I had more. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.
Overall: Excellent IPA overall. I really wish that this one was a year-round offering from Cigar City. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and I will be looking for more.
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-thanks markwise-pours a big tight foamy offwhite head with gold color. Aroma is floral/lavender/wood, 2nd light/medium malt. Taste is very floral/pineapple/lavender/spice hops with some bite, wood, 2nd light/medium malt. Sipping. OK effervescence.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, vanilla, oak, mango, nectarine, and passion fruit. Flavor of vanilla, pineapple, citrus, mango, and oak.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, great stuff. Pours a deep orange, cloudy. I actually had a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Great head and retention. Taste is a little subdued hops, very viscious. I could drink a ton of it.