TURDFERGUSON (4050) - 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 (4613) - 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 (3271) - the Containment Area, 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Raleigh Times. Hazy amber pour with a frothy off white head. Oaky tannins, bourbon, vanilla, and light citrus on the nose. Big bitter mouth-feel. Creamy up front. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, oak, bourbon, and floral notes. Decent but Im willing to bet the base beer is better, I just cant seem to get into the BA IPA’s being somewhat of a hop head I feel like Barrel aging IPA’s takes away from the hops. Hops are supposed to be the forefront of this style instead they take a back seat
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders. Golden pour with white head. Juicy fruit sweet aroma, some spice and oak notes, grapefruit hops. Flavor is subdued in the hop portion, instead giving way to a thick bourbon sweetness. Candy sugar, vanilla, and citrus mostly. Thick on the palate and tasty to drink. I’m not sure the barrel improves the beer, but it gives the beer an interesting dimension.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Glass Nickel. Poured clear medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma was very sweet with pale malts, grapefruit meat, and vanilla leading.. the juicy sweetness actually managed to mask both the booze and most of the barrel impression. The barrel showed up in the flavor department.. lots of spicy bourbon and peppery oak notes pounded on non-descript pale malts.. pine and white peppery bitterness surrounded, but was somewhat muted.. sharp and not enjoyable. Heavier-bodied with a full feel on the palate from creamy carbonation.. very sweet.. in the end there was too much barrel, poor integration, and some oxidation.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, grapefruit, floral, and bourbon. Flavor of oak, vanilla, citrus, and caramel malt with a dry finish.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. It was served in a snifter with a nice 2 finger head. You can pick up bourbon, citrus, and perhaps vanilla on the first sniff. It smelled fantastic and tasted even better. It was very bitter when it was cold but as the beer warmed up it evened out nicely. I could pick up a nice, but pungent citrus taste at first. Then as it warmed I could pick up some vanilla, oak and some sort of buttery taste. I would look for this beer and get it again in a heartbeat.