drjay44 (2343) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 22 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/4/2009. Pours an off white head, which settles into a thin layer, with interesting lacing,over a clear, whisky amber (SRM 18) colored body.......nose is vanilla, toffee, molasses, coffee, bread.....taste is very sweet malts, followed by vanilla and medium lingering bitterness, but the the woody chemical effect is there.....mouth feel is fairly heavy, carbonation medium. I think that Oak is hard to use in beers, as are old Whisky barrels. They both seem to really screw up the hop profile. The experimants are fun, but maybe the Germans had it right with the laws of four ingredients. 10/30/09. Shared with Gabe. On this retasting the woody chemical effects have gone away, and left primarily vanilla, along with the sweet malts. Aging has been good to this beer and I would rate it up 2 to 3 tenths.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Poured an amber color, ok initial head. The aroma was oaky sawdust and some piney citrus hops. The flavor followed the aroma, but the vanilla and oak notes were a bit over the top, some mild tannins, strong sawdust and oak notes throughout, the light caramel presence only that, full citrus and piney hops present in the finish. For some reason, the Southern Tier oak-aged IPA was nice, but this isnít doing it for me as much. Fad over, or just not as well done? Dunno. Mouthfeel was a tad malt-imbalanced. Decent, but nothing to get excited over.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber served in a tulip. Copper orange pour with a light haze and a thick head of rocky beige foam that hung around for a while. Thick rings of lace covered the inside of the glass. The aroma consisted of oranges, grapefruit rind, toffee, and strong oak/vanilla. The flavor had thick caramel and vanilla with a moderate citrus bitterness. Toasted caramel, candied oranges, and vanilla. Full-bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. I guess Iím not the biggest fan of Oak-Aged IPAs. Decent, but a little disappointing.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep copper with a fluffy head. Whoa the wood comes out in this one. Deep oak aroma with some floral and earthy hop aromas. Not overly aggressively hopped. Very sweet but pretty well balanced. A bit too thick for my liking. Probably much better after some age on it.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a large creamy off-white head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of earthy wood, with pine and citrus. The flavor is much sweeter than expected, although the bottle does say "plenty of malty sweetness." A lot of citrus with mild notes of oak and hop bitterness. Pretty easy to drink, but maybe a little to syrupy. Good overall, but expected more hops for the style.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 bomber poured into a snifter... this beer is an absolute wonder.... I must find more before itís gone forever.... As the beer is poured into the glass, itís deep copper color forms along with a beautiful 2 finger white fluffy head.... this settles in a few minutes to a light coverage over the top... the hue and clarity of this beer is wonderful.... vanilla, oak, and piney hops fill the aroma... once the beer hits the tongue a magnificent smooth and creamy medium body takes force. it starts out subtle and delicate and then the piney and earthy hops dominate the top of the palate... some citrus notes come forward as well... throughout the tasting experience the oak rounds out the edges of the mouth and carries the aging process from start to finish.... at the back of the mouth, there is a balance between bitterness and the vanilla and oak characteristics of the barrel. the top of the finish is all hops, while the bottom and back carry the vanilla notes.... this is a special beer....
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper, pretty clear nice dense manila head. woodsy-vanilla with citrus. wood is not overpowering but thinks never really totally come together, still pleasant however.
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. amber with a cream head. nose is citrus and cedar with some fruits. thick with a nice citrusy flavor tagged with wood making it almost like syrup. very good though.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Smells of vanilla, dry malt, perfume, earthy. Tastes of dry maly, perfume, wildflowers, old wood, velvety. Excellent!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from five points. Huge, frothy head on top of an amer body. Tons of vanilla and really smooth for a dbl ipa. Nice job.