neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap (past notes). Colour...apricot-orange with scarcely any head. Nose...some whiskey barrel but then mostly a malty hop blend that adds tropical fruits. Palate... Not much CO2, then a massive wave of dried orchard fruit infused with hop resin. The whiskey is sublime but it does add some odd character to the ale. I’m not sure that I like the whiskey aspect. There is the quintessential toffee associated with whiskey but overall I prefer the regular version of this ale.
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Café for Big Wood ’12, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of dry hops and wild turkey barrels upfront, seeming finally like a BA IPA where the hops are still prominent, no doubt due to the dry hopping. Flavour is likewise well-balanced between the dry hopping and the barrels. Again, an IPA that is well barrel aged without obscuring the IPA qualities. Good stuff, but doesn’t hold a candle to the regular Vortex IPA.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2012. Hop-forward, for sure, with a mild malt counter. Really pretty - a great ruby red pour. Whisky is the predominant note -- the Wild Turkey barrel really comes through, and covers the hops, maybe a bit too much. Nice, though.