BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another epic brew I had on tap at Founders Fest. Poured a dark honey amber with tan head. The aroma-Bourbon whiskey, the flavor-Bourbon whiskey with hints of vanilla and cinnamon on the finish. Amazing, amazing stuff. Cheers!
SrSilliGose (3310) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft. pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. sweet, berries, citrusy hops, grapefruit, carmael malts, with some booze. very smooth.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 On tap @ Founders. A light golden orange color with a thin offwhite head, soft light carbonation, lots of lacing left. Aroma of sugary grapefruit,vanilla,oak,and light burbon. Flavor is nice and hoppy,bitter/sweet citrus and grapefruit,with a woody,vanilla,burbon background, some sweet malty flavors come through as it warms. A little boozy on the finish,sticky mouthfeel, . I liked this and thought it was really good but I like Double Trouble a lot better.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Founders. Somewhat hazy, yellow-gold pour with just a small ring of white head. Loads of sweet citrus and bubblegum (just like Double Trouble) and sweet honey. The oak, vanilla, and bourbon were only faintly detectable over the hops at first but started to come out a lot more as it warmed up. The flavor also had some peppery phenol notes and was a little like butterscotch candy when it warmed up. Sticky, medium full body with soft carbonation and some alcohol warming.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at founders last weekend... medium orange brown pour with a soapy white head...citrusy hop aroma with a medium backdrop of wood, vanilla, and light bourbon. i thought it smelled rather nice actually...flavors had more of bourbon barrel essence than was indicated in the nose. def more woody, vanilla, and bourbon character which really cut into the hops that made double trouble so nice.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub, as a note this was double trouble aged on bourbon for 116 days. Cloudy orange with creamy white, pancake head. Slightly hoppy, BIG vanilla, alc and overall barrel character, citrus, dirty grapefruit, really nice. Real strong bourbon, bitter grapefruit and other citrus hops, the oak and bourbon is amazingly strong and almost too hot and hairspray, tasty though. Medium to light body with light carbonation. Tasty and interestingbut hot.
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Multiple samples at NOTB and EBF 2009. Founders is by far one of my favorite companies but this whole barrel aging phenomenon has gotten out of hand. Hops are best served fresh not sitting around inside a barrel to pick up some oak and bourbon. The aroma and flavor of vanilla, bourbon and oak really takes away from the hops. Oh well they can’t all be winners and please stop barrel aging IPAs and IIPAs.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
EBF NOTB. Clear golden with a medium head. Aroma of tropical fruit, some resin, oak bourbon. Clashes a bit. Taste: Good hop character, but the oak and bourbon get in the way for me too much to enjoy it. I’d much rather have a good straight up IIPA.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 In short: A strong IIPA with a sugary sweet body, a refreshing grapefruity hopping and an awkward bourbon barrel presence. Good.
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Clear golden-yellow topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is an unusual mix of refreshing tropical fruits and bourbon barrel. Body is a bit slimmer than I like in a 11% IPA. Instead of thick rich caramel I got sugary thin caramel. Refreshing hops profile with grapefruit being the dominant flavour. Nice tartness. Light-medium bourbon barrels presence in the taste. A decent beer but honestly a bourbon barrel flavour in a refreshing grapefruity IIPA feels as forced and natural as the dialogue of the contestants introduction on Jeopardy.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Big hop nose and whiskey notes, sweet chewy hoppy citrus, and pine. A bit warm light a bw, and has a similar salty character. Lush fruit, floral grapefruit. An odd ball for sure.