esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Founders brewpub. Hazy golden amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, light fruit, corn syrup and alcohol. Perhaps a touch of the barrel comes through as well. Full bodied and smooth brew is hoppy and alcoholic. Floral and citrus hops out the gate with a mix of grains and a touch of wood. Warming as expected on the back end.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer of the night on tap pours clear amber color with off white head at the Tap House. Aroma is more booze than anything. Not good. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is amazing. Piney, citrus hops with resinous overtones melds with a touch of brandy, and finishes semi dry. This is a really tasty brew. I wasn’t sure about the brandy with a IPA style beer. This was fantastic.
klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders, a hazy golden hay color. A dizzying amount of hop aromas; pine, grass, wildflowers, citrus, unripe peach. Apricot, grapefruit and honey flavors are roughed up a bit by an alcohol cut. But you don’ want this beer too smooth. Very nice.
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery.truly golden,not expected and quite light.resin,pine,citrus,brandy woody spice,boozy.medium body,slick texture with mild carbonation.interesting
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Founders. I ordered this having no idea that it was a BA IPA. So the first sip was a bit surprising. Brandy Barrel aged Double Trouble. The hops and bitterness are more mellow, giving room to the heavy alcohol and brandy. Smooth, enjoyable palate and finishes with a burn. Similar to Hand of Doom and although I like this one better, I’m still not a big fan of any BA IPAs yet.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at The Steel City Big Pour (Brandi Aged Double Trouble)
A-hazy pale gold with an off white head.
S-the nose has a fair bit of hops present, citrusy juicy hops with some syrpuy pine aromas, fairly sweet, notes of booze and brandi light in the back.
T-light malt body of caramel and brown sugar but hops really making a strong presence. resignous and piney hops with notes of tangerine and grapefruit behind. vanilla sets in with wood letting a lingering brandi flavor hanging on next to a lightly assertive hop bitterness in the finish.
M-smooth, soft up front but plenty of carbonation with a lively crisp finish.
D-the barrel imparts a light amount of flavor but definitely present and reasonablly integrated. the hops are still quite strong but enough balance to be above average. well done blend for me.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright crystal gold pour with a sustained creamy but thin bright white head. Aroma is loaded with solvent, plastic, chemical, fusel alcohol, raw honey, sweet malt. Lots of sweet/tart, boozed soaked granny apple skin. Flavor follows suit. Very little hop presence, lots of sticky, chewy honeyed malt. Loads of barrel/brandy presence, but does little to add to/enhance the flavor of the base beer. Sticky body with a surprisingly dry finish. Blech. Tap, Haute Dish.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub in Grand Rapids, MI. For a DIPA, the hops are still fully present in the aroma, but dulled by the woody barrel aged sweet wine presence. Also so interesting notes for the style of maple tree bark and leafy pine, and mild fruits, and minor citrus. A light, bubbling head with a sticky lace coating, a translucent body, good carbonation, and golden yellow color. As strong as this one was, it was still quite drinkable. It starts off mild with some apple and pear fruits, then gets fuller/stronger as brandy and sweeter fruits become more prominent. I was expecting the sticky pine hops that followed to take over, but the bourbon brandy keeps things balanced right through the finish that linger scotch and pine. Very balance and execution overall with the many interesting layers. Could be slightly smoother, but a very good product.
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More mild than the Double Trouble, but the brandy barrel aging has added a delicious complexity.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly clouded, golden colored body with a thin, creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is a good amount of juicy citrus with some sharp resins. Hops really open up as it warms and its surprising how much the hops have held up through the aging, although they are diminished. Some lighter caramels and a light brandy in the background. Flavor is similar with the brandy showing a bit more on the back end, but the hops still give off plenty of bitterness. Some sweeter caramels initially before lots of juicy citrus comes in with a moderate pine. Brandy makes its way into the finish where this dries and leaves a lengthy aftertaste where the pines grow, but the brandy continues to linger. Medium, smooth, soft body with a creamy carbonation. Overall, a really cool DIPA. The brandy aging has added a pleasant complexity without taking away too much of the hops. Very enjoyable.