hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Blue Dog [Lansdale]. Poured a deeper golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of woodiess/oak, vanilla, citrus, and caramel. Tastes of vanilla (lot more than the aromas), oaky/woodiness, some bourbon, citrus, caramel, and pine. I went back and had another glass of this one!
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blue Dog. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of piney and citrusy hops, caramel, nuts, vanilla and oak. Flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, pine, grapefruit, heavy dose of bitterness and caramel.
daknole (8946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pour. Fun beer. Hops, citrus, glue stick(for real!), resin, bourbon and wood. Flavor is hoppy, citrus, bourbon, caramel. I liked it.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Pungent aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit, spruce, and slight caramel malt. Poured amber/gold in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of light alcohol, hops, pine, spruce, light resin, light wood, slight orange, and a hint of coconut. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, pine, and light alcohol finish is dry. Mildly alcohol-hot. Very drinkable for 10.5%ABV.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Founders 9/24/09. Pours a goldish orange with minimal head. Aroma is of Oak, packing tape, some hops and sweet something or another. Taste is quite astringent....Something akin to Devil Dancer with a shitpile of rubbing alcohol dumped in. Rather boozy disaster of a beer considering the source.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Tylers in Carrboro. Pours a clear golden with a small white lace. Nose of fresh hops, heavy grapefruit rind, alcohol, rubber cement, regular glue, mild woody weirdness. Messy. Flavor is oak and sweet vanilla upfront, more glue, grapefruit, and booze. Also tasted some peanut butter at some point and no I haven’t consumed peanut butter in months so it wasn’t that. Astringent, paint thinner-like finish. Pretty poor showing if you ask me.
emacgee (3983) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2013 Tap at Tylers Taproom in Carrboro. Disclaimer: their draft lines are questionable right now so not sure how this affected the flavor.
Pours a soft peach skin amber with a one finger eggshell white head. The nose is pretty nice, citrusy with some grapefruit rind. Nice hop character with some mild forbear to the oak. Flavor shows some oak and phenol upfront, harsh bitterness and tannic combination, American oak?, flavor of vanilla bean. Tannic and astringent on the palate. Flavor is a bit strange and not sure if its the beer or the bar.
BOTTLE Pours a very very pretty sharp bright gold with two fingers of sticky white head. Nose shows lots of bourbon and a distinctly creamy vanilla note and touch of citrus. Sharp/strong bourbon character in the flavor with a distinct ’cream soda’ character. Sharp citrus rind shows on the finish and the alcohol is not completely undetectable. Full in body and finish. Enjoyed it.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Founders Brewing Company. Pours a brilliant gold. Aromas are creamy hops and oak. Nice oak flavors, they blend well with the hop deliciousness. Some vanilla builds through the drink as well as some spiced oak, almost a bourbon flavor.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dan’s Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #47 of 90. On tap at Founders in Grand Rapids. Pours slight hazy, golden. Not nearly as appealing in appearance as it is in taste. Has a strong citrus hop nose and great refreshing hop taste. Very good.
OldGrowth (2622) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint, bartenders mistake, at Raleigh Times.
Good aroma, sweet, vanilla and toffee, orange, maybe a little apricot, occasional biscuit. Clean lite brownish orange, Small head, minor lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Big bitter bite with the sweet jumping in late. Heavy body, thick oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Well, I liked it, but I wasn’t wanting another, though that was in part because first bartender poured a full pint. the other part being, as ucusty noted, barrel aged ipa’s just seem some what self defeating. Still it got better as it warmed and the fruitier notes came through.