KidA (19) - Morristown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tree sap amber hue with a frothy head and beautiful inverted waterfalls of bubbles. Woodsy oak and brandy scent.
Surprisingly sweet and rich with plenty of that campfire oak flavor. Thick syrup consistency thats maybe a bit cloying. Sap and hop aftertaste clings to the tongue long after each sip.
Unique and definitely worth a taste.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Pours a ruddy orange tinted amber with a tall off white head. Aroma is huge oak barrel with a resiny hop coating, boisterous grapefruity hops, assorted citrus rinds, very rich malt, a little toastiness. Flavor is much the same, solely focused on the interplay between hops and oak, with the hefty malt bill sustaining a sturdy but unintrusive backbone. Very well balanced and alcohol is deftly hidden. Palate is slightly stinging from hops and cooling and crisp from the heady oak, all at once. Rich and sweet, the finish is a little peppery, with lingering hop biterness and a substantial warming from the alcohol. I like this less than 90 minute, but itís very nice in itís own right.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The appearance is slightly more ruddy than a typical double, but I suspect that is from the wooding.
The smell is very balanced, a light nuttiness mixed with mature floral hops. Just beautiful.
The taste is a fruity hops with a little pineapple, some light pine, and a good amount of wood sense, but not at all overpowering.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with ultra chewy lacing.
If you can find it, get it, this beer is awesome.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla.
Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they donít take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!
MrBunn (2576) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Aromas of pineappley hops and caramel malt linger above a clear copper pour that has a one finger foamy head. Quite a bit of effervescence, but the bubbles are really tiny. The fruity hops and caramel come through fairly strongly, but like last time I visited Burton Baton, there is way too much unbalanced alcohol roaming about, and the sweetness is slightly cloying. I like this a lot better than last time, but it still wonít make my favorites any time soon.
Ar: 7 Ap: 4 Fl: 6 P: 3 OA: 12. Bottle. I had this a while back, and while the pour was nice and the aroma pleasant, all I can honestly remember is an acrid rubbing alcohol burn as it went down. There were hops and malt flavors there, but it was pretty mediocre in the way in which the 10% ABV was balanced with the rest of it. I really wanted to get ahold of another bottle in order to let it sit for a year or two... but alas... sold out. Basically it is a 90 Minute with a whole lot more oak flavoring and a bunch more of the antiseptic flavoring coming through to take away from the pleasant hops notes that are so lovable.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle born on 12/29/05. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a little white head that fades between the time I check on the chicken and return here (about a minute of actual time). Nose is raspberries, honey, oak, cranberries, and surpisingly not too much hops at all. Has the oak completely taken away the hop aromatic profile in the beer. Must investigate further. I sniff a little more....and there it is. A little bit of hops hiding in there. Oaky throughout with notes of sweet 90 minute malts and less of its hops. Body is thick and almost syrupy. This is closer to many of the barleywines I have tasted than a double ipa.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
120z bottle. Relatively filtered with a honey amber hue. Spotty head. Honey, raisins, nutty, oaky, vanilla, bready aromas. Quite a nose full. Full bodied and a slick smooth body. Nice burn. Toffee notes in the malt side. Sweet and full blown. Lost most of its IPA recognition. Blended? Sure. Strong? Defintely. Crazy complexity.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orange amber color with a white head. Aroma is of rich malts with bitter hops. Flavor is woody malts with bitter hops. Kind of a mellow IIPA but very good.
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a bit of an off-white head that drops off quickly and leaves no lacing. This has an interesting aroma. It is much more like a Belgian than an Imperial IPA. Caramel, fruitiness and some alcohol to the nose. Perhaps a hint of the oak also. The taste has some caramel sweetness to it, as well a slight citric hop taste, but no real bite like you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I am really enamored by this beer. Hard to really classify, but excellent.