hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange copper pour with a nice off-white head that has great retention and decent lacing. I get a little vanilla, citrus (pineapple), apple, some caramel sweetness. Flavor is creamy up front with malty sweetness, gradually increasing in bitterness displaying a touch of grapefruit and a bitter dry finish. Nothing too extraordinary in this one, but well built. Medium body with low carbonation and it’s hard to believe that it is 10% abv, alcohol is very well hidden. Good beer, I’m going to cellar and re-rate in about 10 months. Looking forward to it!
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, capped and foiled. Pours clear amber with a thick pale yellow head. Aroma of caramel and wood with a hint of citrus. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Citrus and wood taste with a dry finish. For me, this beer fails to bring out the best of the IIPA style and barrel aging can provide. Not bad, but kind of a disappointment.
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by hopsleeroy. Thanks dude! Pours brownish. Smell is nicely sweet an hoppy at the same time. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Lots of sweet candy and caramel like malts along with a big dose of hop flavor and milder bitterness and the oak flavor shines through as well. All three components really came out equally and this was a very pleasant surprise. Sweet, hoppy, and oaky, and well done.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Great Divide Tap Room in Denver. Pours a sparkling copper with a decent head, but little retention.
Nose is of pure cane sugar and a hint of oakiness.
Sweet flavors of molasses and vanilla balanced by malted grains and with a strong bitter finish.
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I was waiting to try this for a long time. Picked up at Greens on Ponce De Leon. 22 oz. Not much of a head on this thing. The head fades away quickly. Nice orangish/copper/brown color. Looks like a pretty good beer. Pungent vanilla sweet/citrus/wood aroma. Very nice aroma. Great pungent wood aroma. Nice vanilla aroma as well. Purchased one to age as well. Heavy bitter taste with some wood. Slight backing with the citrus taste. Actually, a very nuanced and complex beer. That earthy wood aroma is just insane. A very awesome wood/citrus taste that is great. A great beer indeed.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear rust color under a large off-white head. soft hop, vanilla, oak, peach aroma. flavors of vanilla, oak, tangerine, orange slice candy, marshmallow, big oaky presence here that compliments the beer perfectly. man...i’ve had some good beers tonight! smooth silky velvety palate for a 2ipa made possible by the oak aging. this is superb!! unbelievable palate!
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got some nice hops and an excellent body. Oak adds some wood and some nice vanilla flavors. Very well balanced and the flavors complement each other very well. Definitely well-done and I dug it.
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet vanilla, light woodiness and oak in the aroma .. . beautiful red mahogany colour .. . you should have seen my crab!! .. . great refined foamy head .. . lacing is really fantastic .. . big bold brew at first, mellows nicely .. . yeah, cops everywhere .. . vanilla, oak, light whiskey, maple, apple, and tons of cantaloupe .. . smells swedish??? .. . worthy of an anniversary brew .. . put the kettle on, i have stories ...
dnstone (2556) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost nothing to the nose but it pours a nice amber color. Its not overly assertive for a double and the oak does "round" it out nicely.
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a medium frothy off white head that diminishes quickly leaving behind decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet fruit and citrus with pine and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a peppery citrus taste with malt and caramel. Alcohol present in the finish as it lingers with some sourness. One of the more complex IIPA I have tried.