Fort George North the Seventh (VII)
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A tractor-trailer sped 2400 miles through the night to deliver American Oak barrels to the Fort George Brewery, staves still engorged with Kentucky Bourbon. Seventy-two hours after being emptied at the distillery these barrels were harboring a winter wonder, working their alchemy on the hop and barley elixir nestled within. With the addition of more hops as the beer left the barrels, North VII was born Ė fully aromatic and pungent with vanilla, bourbon, oak and flowery lupulin magic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bomber. Highly carbonated. About 3 inches of head. Aroma is oaky, alcohol, and a little bit of belgian tang. First few sips are quite barrel and oaky. Once you adjust thereís a very citrusy hopped IPA that finishes with vanilla and oak. Not a lot of belgian in the flavor. Unique twist on an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Poured from a bottle- hazy, muddled orange with a bright white head. Smells like boozy, bouillon with a bunch of heady herbs added. Tastes like oaky, boozy, heady herbs- basil, oregano, thyme with some aromatic spices. Tastes like a medicinal tincture with a ton of grassy, citrusy hops. For the price itís amazing and the whiskey is integrated so well. A solid option.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle:   Dark straw, a bit dirty, thick, moderate foamy white head, spotty lacing.   Bright citrusy nose, a little barnish and also musty.   Does have a bit of a Belgian flair in that its musty, a little barnish.   Strong citrus peel, some candied pith.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Musty and barnish hop profile on the finish, remains citrusy but a little dull.   The label mentioned a barrel-aged imperial Belgian inspired IPA, but the barrel aging to me is very soft if at all.   Just seems like a musty and barnish IIPA.   Pretty solid for what it is, but barrel aged?   Oh well, pretty tasty as is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours a hazy orange/gold with tons of frothy yellow/tan foam. Smells earthy and wild with hints of grapefruit, cinnamon, cedar, peach and pineapple. Has medium body and has flavors all over the board ranging from pineapple/grapefruit to cardamom, clove and black pepper, and thatís not to forget the general bite of this beer, itís bitter through and through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BK7 (748) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bomber. Pine and sweet malts in the background. A touch of vanilla, spice and yeast. Finish is thick and sticky with a sweet bourbon aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Deep super hazy golden and orange-tinted body with a thick, rich, four centimetre tall tan head. Bright aroma of oak, yeast, bright floral and piney hops, alcohol, rich malt and wheat, some sugars and a very pleasant honey and sweet note. Medium to Full-bodied; Very pungent oak and dry characteristic with some wheat, grass and hay, all coupled with the bright piney and floral hops and a rich honey sweetness on the end. Aftertaste shows the large complexity and the delicate flavours of hops, flowers and yeast - very nice and robust throughout, but especially on the end. Overall, one of the best Imperial IPAs (or Belgian) that Iíve had in a long time - definitely worth trying if you can find it! Iím glad I brought this one back home with me! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon for US$7.95 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 17-January-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Caramel aroma floral hops on the nose. Not a whole lot barrel character but a good, earthy and pine-like spiced IPA. A bit of warming alcohol with floral tones and some bitterness. Failed as a barrel aged beer, successful as an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a very hazy orange with minimal white head. Aroma is basically as advertised: bourbon, citrus hops, oak, hint of vanilla. Flavor is initially dominated by floral, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, a bit of bourbon underneath and subtle oak which becomes more pronounced on the finish. To me, this is falls more in Belgian IPA territory than barrel-aged IPA, although both elements are present. The flavors work well together, and this is very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Golden in color hazy with a thick fluffy head. Super aroma. Lots of oak, flowery and some vanilla. Awesome Belgian yeast flavors and richness. This was a terrific beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2013
This one poured a darker hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma was lots of vanilla, pineapple, oak, spicey hops and caramel and toast. Flavor was sweet citrus, oak, and vanilla. Very much like othe ba IPAS ive had. Just a somewhat strange combonation.

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