HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just have a hard time with all these double IPAs that donít have a wonderful fresh hop aroma. It seems like the higher they go in alcohol, the less they have that nice dry hop aroma. This IS a nice beer though. Well made and enjoyable, but the jump from IPA to Double means that what you gain in body and booze, you lose in hoppiness and really, IPAness. I have the same complaint of 90 IPA, and several others too. Still, Iíd buy this again.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange stuff. Pours clear caramel-y red with medium white head with fair retention but almost no lacing. Aroma is predominantly Imperial IPA fare -- big piney citrusy hops. Then the barrel-aged aromas sneak in -- the molasses, the oak, the touch of vanilla. The two aroma groups clash more than complement, but the combination doesnít especially offend either. Pretty much the same can be said for the flavor, which is more American IIPA than anything else, with the oak-aged elements mercifully playing a minor role rather than fighting it out with the pine & citrus. Pefectly chewy, full palate. Overall this strange experiment could have gone much more wrong than it did. As it stands itís a puzzling but intriguing American IPA.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light fruity aroma greets the nose. The color is a brownish oarnge with a fully lasting tan head. There is also coniderable lacing. The prescence of hops is evident but mellowed with a smoked malt background.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a copper color with an off white head that persists and swirls around. Nose is fruity and sweet with subtle hop presence. Flavor is sweet with more subtle hop bitterness, a little warming. Pretty much oak aged 90 min (Imagine a stronger but slightly mellow 90 min), I was expecting a little much from this beer (Burton on trent style maybe). A great beer just not what I expected.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Early 2006 12 oz bottle. Fruity and hoppy aroma with an intriguing mineral quality. Flavor is an apples and oranges mix with a tropical punch of pineapple, pear, and grapes complimented by a slight mineral flavor and tons of sweet malt. There is a lot going on with this beer and it is immensely enjoyable and completely unique. By the end of the glass the oak has become more apparent. Solid beer.
Early 2007 re-rate. I seem to remember the fresh í06 having a fair amount of hop bitterness that this one is lackng. Amber color with very little head. Sweet American Barleywine aroma with some pear. Flavor seems very sweet with lots of fruit flavors such as plum, peach, and apple. A bit of vanilla comes out as it warms. Very little hop bitterness. This seems very much like a slightly hopped up Barleywine and not at all like a Double IPA.
Tmoney99 (11910) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dilly Deli in Cincy. Poured a reddish brown with an average frothy off-white head that diminished quickly. Heavy citrus spicy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet spice flavor with a light bitter finish.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Intensely aromatic nose, juicy and fresh and full of leafy hop, featuring a profusion of fruits including pineapple, pear and white grape mingling with gentler hints of vanilla, dried oak, cake-like malts and lemongrass. Fiery orange color, lightly hazy with fast-moving bubbles and a rocky, foamy, lasting and off-white head. Flavor profile is citric to start, the hops beginning their mad dash across the palate almost immediately, the bitterness increasing throughout, overlaying much of the toasty, honeyish malt sweetness and contributing to a resinous, lightly sour, dry finish that seems to show some still-lingering effects of the oak aging process, sharp yeast and very faint tobacco. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, oily and highly effervescent, body is undoubtedly full. Highly drinkable, unusual and fairly enjoyable with an alcohol presence that is almost fully minimized.
Dorwart (2442) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense cramy head. Orangish brown in color. Reduces slowly with good carbonation. Fruity and spicy aroma with a slight tartness. Hint of roasted grains. Thick and syrupy in appearance. Strange mixture of maltyiness and tarness. Little sweet with a dash of caramel, smoke and spruce. Hops are a little less prominent than expected with mixing with a 90 minute IPA. Nice alcohol presence and warmth. Smooth and creamy palate that reminds me more of a barleywine. Earthiness and tartness from the oak becomes more prominent as the brew warms. Finishes a little dry and tart. A pretty good experiment. No date on the bottle. I wonder if this would have been a little bit hoppier fresher.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think my thanks go out to hopdog for sending this beer that should be on the shelves here, but isnít.
Huge creamy tan head floats above a sparkling clear dark amber body.
The head lasts quite a while and then laces the glass nicely.
Light hop aroma with some maple and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor starts out with some sweetness and balances out with some nice hop bitterness.
Smoother and more mellow than an IIPA, but not quite a Barleywine.
Smooth creamy body, full bodied with a touch of alcohol in the finish.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Sampled from 750ml bottle, December 2005
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is a mix between largish bubbles and creamy froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color. As I work my way through my glass of this beer it leaves a nice layered Belgian lace pattern. The aroma is sticky sweet with redolent hop notes like grapefruit, pine, and some sharp spicy notes. There is a bit of hot alcohol which adds to the spicy aromatics, plus a light caramel character is here as well. As the beer warms up a spicy oak note begins to be noticeable and it is joined by a woody aromatic note too.
There is a nice creamy thick mouthfeel in this beer. It is sweet up front with an intense fruity character that is a mix of citrus and berries. The oak character is nicely in balance with the huge hop character; which is to say that the oak is quite subtle and is most noticeable in the finish as a soft, woody, slightly tannic note that is also astringent in a spicy oak kind of way. This beer is really quite smooth and drinkable.
The hop character is probably a bit muted when compared to a fresh sample, but it is still quite evident and really strikes a nice balance with the oak and malt right at this moment in time. The malt has notes of raisins, currants and a bit of caramel. I really like how the spicy oak notes, along with the hint of woody astringency, combine with the spicy and herbal hop notes. The two accentuate each other and form a melodic whole. There are some really nice fruity notes here as well; it is a nice mix of grapefruit, raisins, currants, and even some general berry-type notes thrown into the mix. Quite an enjoyable beer, and I hope to sample this one again.