Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, some vanilla, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, oak, pine hops, citrus (notably grapefruit), and caramel; Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Different overall - pretty decent.
Johnsense (1080) - - JUL 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark amber with a finger plus of head which leaves traces of lace as i drink. Aroma of caramel malts, Vanilla, Hops and oak, with neither overpowering the other. Taste of Oak, pine, and sweet malts that prevail in the end. The low carbonation is my only complaint - the beer seems a tad watery in the mouth. Overall I liked it and would try it again.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color from the wood aging shows through and the nose is full of hops. A hint of sweet malt followed by very pungent hops and some lingering vanilla and caramel. This is no timid beer. The hops are more prevalent than the oak for sure, but this is great for hop heads looking for a bit of a change. Quite bitter, and a nice 7.1% ABV.
Dogbrick (10034) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Dad & Dude’s. This brew pours a clear copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes to an outer ring. Aroma of hops and caramel malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has citrus and pine qualities. Notes of oak and caramel as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber-copper color with excellent off-white head. Hoppy with nice woody tones; moderate notes from the French and slightly more agressive from the American?? Hops are citrus-like (grapefruit) up front and a bit earthy in the finish. Aroma is balanced hop, malt, and oak. A nice, complex twist on an IPA.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark almost like a red ale. Nice hoppy nose. Very clean taste, not very hoppy but nice and crisp.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a 12oz bottle. Pours with a big white head on it. Drinks really smooth. The color is brownish orange and crystal clear. A really nice brew. Great on the tongue.
Redpointed (69) - Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber, pleasant head. Aroma is hoppy, more like a standard IPA. The oak doesn’t come through too much in the aroma, but seems to round out the hops during the finish. Not at all confused, this goes together really well. Excellent.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours clear amber with a thin white head and some lacing. aroma is grapefruit, pine, vanilla and sugar. Taste is juicy citrus initially but becomes quite dry. the wood is subtle but apparent. caramel and even toffee are present. finish is dry and has a slight burn. a delightfully complex beer.
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 Clear amber with a small foamy off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of vanilla, mild pine and citrus hops, caramel, nuts and wood. The taste is only mildly bitter, but is a nice balance of mildly sweet malt and not so bitter hops, with a nice woodiness in the background. It finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, softly carbonated, smooth. Good beer.