adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear light orange vistalite with a small off white head. Aroma of candy, pineapple, floral tones, papaya, citrus and bourbon. Taste of citrus candy, pineapple, papaya, melon, floral tones bubble gum and bourbon. This was fantastic !!!!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Founders: Dense, murky orange pour with no head. Nose is dominated by bourbon-soaked peaches and mangoes with some vanilla bean and oak to supplement. Thick, sticky body which finishes very dry...flavors are consistent with the aforementioned notes. Great brew.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Capone’s on 11/28/2009.
Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown with subtle touches of plum hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off-white foam head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. Very sporadic minimal spots of lacing.
Subtle bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some caramel/chocolate malt. Hints of hazelnut, toffee and some coffee but I’m not picking much of a hop presence.
The hoppy floral notes absent from the aroma are prominent up front with some nice citrus notes and dry pine flavor. This is quickly balanced by a smooth silky chocolate maltiness with hints of toffee and hazelnut. The bourbon character comes through really nicely midway through and lasts throughout into a lingering sweet finish. The bourbon character is not overpowering, letting the complex flavors from the hops shine through even in the finish where the bourbon flavor is most prominent. There are still some dry pine and citrus notes in the finish. Very complex and more balanced than I expected. The alcohol is very well masked and there is not much heat/warmth making it pretty drinkable.
Bullit (4428) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewery. Clear orange colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruity, with floral hops, vanilla and bourbon. Flavour of floral hops, citrus, bourbon. The sweet bourbon and bitter hops don’t mix well.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capones on Black Friday. Pours a clear golden orange colour with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of pineapple, guava, tropical fruits. Flavour of pineapple, bourbon and malts. Smells awesome!!! Tastes...ok.
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear gold with a moderate white head. Big, fresh nose of juicy hops, citrus peel, sugary fruit, and pine. Quiet bourbon presence that unfolds as the beer warms. Flavor is bold and rich, fresh and juicy. Strange bourbon creeps up in the end. As the beer warms the bourbon really starts to dominate. i think I would have preferred this without the bourbon aging, as the base IIPA was really nice and juicy.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours honey blond with a thin white head. Aroma of lemon, pineapple, coconut, lime, hay, and dry hops. Tasty, medium body with a nice, smooth, tangy mouthfeel. Clean finish. Excellent Imperial IPA. Definitely unique in its lack of bitterness and well-balanced sweetness. Recommended for any IPA fans.
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 Draft at Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne, PA. This beer pours a surprisingly clear yellow body with small white head. The aroma is super sweet! I have never smelt an imperial IPA like this before, so much flavor of sweet candy, practically verging on a lambic or sour ale. The flavor is similar, sweet notes. Towards the end of this brew I could taste the alcohol slightly more.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sheffield’s. Pours a ruby/gold with a soapy head. Nose is popping orange hops with vanilla. It’s interesting as this holds up quite well to the bourbon and has the body to support it. Still, fresh bourbon barrels are hard to pair with beer, particularly a hoppy one. Clean, hoppy bitterness comes through and it’s a burly beer. Nice enough, though not my bag.
tmoreau (3700) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield, IL. and snifter served. The barrel-aged version of the Double Trouble. Poured a fairly clear, deep gold color with about a 1/2 inch of off white, bubbly foam to the head, and light spots and streaks of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit, pine and just a touch of malt sweetness. Dominating the flavor was an initial combo of breath stealing, barrel alcohol and sharp, dry, hop bitterness that hits you all at once, and lasts through the finish. Potent, warming and felt like more than 10.5% abv.