axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty cloudy copper/orange color body with a 2 finger thick fluffy off-white head. After sitting for a few minutes, the head drops only a little bit leaving a sticky residue. The aroma is a sweet earthy blend of brown sugar, vanilla, carmel, oranges, and mildew with some alcohol peeking through. The flavor starts of a little soapy with some vanilla and maple notes followed by a quick shot of spiced rum that dries out fast leaving a moldy wood and cigar finish with some mild citrus undertones.
Tomy63 (137) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée foncé, le nez est sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le bois et la vanille, un peu d’agrumes aussi mais dans le fond. La bouche est maltée, caramélisée, vanillée, assez puissante, pas trop amère. Au final, la finition en fût a enlevé du fruit pour le remplacer par de la vanille, du bois et du caramel. C’est pas vraiment ce que j’aime, même si c’est pas mal fait.
Beergeek23322 (1725) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/13/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Had both the 16th and 17th version. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, hops, malt, tropical fruit with some sweetness from the oak. Rich and complex with plenty of hops on the finish.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well.
Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so.
Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla.
A little bit sticky and good carbonation.
Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn’t disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.
jhliesen (656) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle--my beer was bottled on March 20, 2012. Hazy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was rich in hops along with some malt. Loved it. Hoppy bitterness on the taste along with some wood, I guess. The hop bitterness followed through on the end. Produce place.
rumproasts (1845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle of 17th Anniversary. Deep golden with small head. Imperial IPA with wood aging. The wood does a nice job of muting the hops, though the effect is subtle. Might have been a bit better fresh, but it’s good as-is.
dojken (99) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromen något diskret men smaken ligger fint i munnen väl balanserat sedan kommer en explosion av Pina colada därefter komer en fin beska. En konstig men rätt god öl.
Pyrmir (2432) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. I will write a more extensive rating if I come across this brew again
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. 17th Anniversary…. Huge mango and passion fruit nose with hints of wood. Taste is slight malt sweetness, caramel and earthy hops with a tiny hint of citrus in the end. Mango shows up again with peaches dipped in caramel. The oak is really comes out after it warms. Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is soft. The bitterness is only a hint without any trace of the ABV to be found except for a slight warming feeling as it travels down your throat. This was a really nice treat at the Brew Fest, absolutely high end.
kevinator (562) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another home run for GD. Well balanced aroma of floral hops, a slight sweetness and oak. I’ve had this a while and it aged well. Nice copper color with a small head. Carbonation was below average, which worked well. Great blend of flavors with bitterness up front followed by mild malt tones. This had an earthy feel with the oak finishing out the flavors. Full and almost creamy palate. Great beer.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 17th Anniversary
A - Pours a clear amber copper. Great retention from the root beer foamed head. Average lacing.
S - Candied grapefruit flesh, canned pineapple, mango, wood, sweet vanilla
T - Big dose of rich caramel/toffee malt, maple, woody around the edges. The woody vanilla comes out more in the taste than the nose. Sweet tropical fruit in the background. Piney bitterness on the back end. Vanilla and wood on the finish.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied.
The malts really shine here. The hops are there to do there job but take a backseat to the Malt, vanilla, and wood.
Serving type: bottle
Bottled on March 21 2012.
22oz. served in a snifter.
A - Pours a garnet hued copper with a fluffy off-white head that very slowly melts. Nice lacing.
S - Herbal grassy hops, oaky alcohol, robust caramel malt, bready yeast, almost get notes of cinnamon, wood is very mild.
T - Hop oils attack up front, herbal, pine wood, grapefruit pith, the wood seems raw and creates a bold combination with the hops. Big sweet toffee malt works with the oak to create a smokey bourbon like flavor. Finishes with green whole cone hop bitterness that follows through.
M - Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, lush and sticky feel.
The wood combined with the hops creates a coarseness that scraps across the palate but works if you like it rough. There’s a cotton candy like flavor in here that you would find in a single malt scotch and works nicely. A robust and sweet maltiness comforts the palate and blends very well with the wood. Head over heels better than last years anniversary.
Serving type: bottle