Syndicate (90) - Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a bottle at bier thirty. Poured a clear orange hue with a thin white head. Nice residual lacing. Aroma says big barrel with sweet malt. Obviously a big beer even before I sip some. Taste is big cereal malts with the barrel kind of overshadowing the hops that are muted.
pdx77 (1416) - Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Roscoe’s (Wild Turkey aged Vortex) 11/17/12. Flavorful with added kick from the aging.
stevoj (2292) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice turn on an IPA, barrel aging adds an extra dimension to appearance, aroma and taste. Very nicely done.
neepsntatties (1228) - 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 (6840) - 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 (1305) - 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.