vanvenlo (1085) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Feral Swan Valley Brewery ontap (1-July-2013) Nice sweet woody malt aroma. Red brown colour and low suds lacing. Big woody roast malt flavour. Smoked woody malt finish.
tofi (16) - - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was completely blown away by the sweet vanilla notes that are obviously from the beer touching oak. Very interesting beer!
HopRedHead (292) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Feral Brewery. Boasts the passionfruit and citrusy hop profile of the hophog, yet is rounded off by a nice oaky vanilla aroma. Flavour is a softer version of the hophog, a lot more balanced. Oak flavours compliment the light biscuity malt and make it really easy drinking, slightly sweeter. Cleverly brewed beer.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Alehouse Project. Nice and hoppy. Aromas of grass, hay, and cereal. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.
jonnyguns (638) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Tap at Feral brewery. Pours a cloudy orange with a small disappearing white head. Nose is full of passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus and slight nectarine/apricot notes. Taste is amazing. Combining all the fruits above with vanilla and oak smoothing out the finish. Very well balanced and a lot smoother than normal hop hog. Palate is left quenching for more. Amazing beer
Brenhophead (473) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1L squealer and also on tap at the brewery. Pours the same as hop hog, a light golden colour with a small white head. That is where the similarityís end.. A quick hint of the scent of this beer and i get a nice subdued hop aroma with a hint of vanilla essence. The amazing hop flavour in the regular hop hog mingles well with the whiskey/vanilla essence notes added by the barrels. Yes they are very similar like twins to the naked eye but when you look deeper you can see the difference the barrels make to this beer. Personally i prefer the fresh hop aroma and flavour of the original, alas this beer has demonstrated very well what different fermentation vessels can to the end product. Top marks from me.
BarossaLuke (529) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Wheaty. Great hop aroma which blends in really well with the French oak. The oak is certainly well balanced and though noticeable does not dominate. Very good beer, one of the best IPAs Iíve had in a while.
maneliquor (2223) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2013 Tap at Mane Liquor for the Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Night. Nice clear orange pour with a small white head. Sticky head retention and lacing. Nice unique aroma. Citrus, grapefruit and dried apricot cut through with notes of vanilla. Lots of the dried fruits in the taste with the additions of oak and vanilla. Much softer and well balanced compared to regular hop hog. Really enjoyed this one and wasnít expecting the subtlety. Unbelievable
jonno (2013) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 Tap. Nice piney/citrus/ wood nose. Thickish body with a smooth vanilla accentuated body and a rounded hop finish. Very full in the body. Works quite well.
hawthorne00 (2089) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2011
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Gold with a white head. Intense kumquat aroma with some pine and flowers. Vanilla and vinous oaky notes are there but donít overwhelm. But they do in the taste. Normal Hop Hog (to me) is a great-smelling but middling-tasting beer and here the beer flavours are just swamped by sharp oak. Some caramel sweetness. Oaky finish.