umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a very clear light amber color with a 2 finger head that fades slowly, leaves nice lacing. Very oaky aroma with caramel, vanilla, and herbal/floral hops. Taste is very intense. Candy-like sweetness up front and turns very bitter quickly. Oak, vanilla, and herbal hops are there throughout. Finish is a bit rough and leaves one of the strongest aftertastes I’ve ever had. My palate is now wrecked for the night. High carbonation mixes fairly nicely with the syrupy mouthfeel. This one is a bit all over the place but it’s pretty solid. You better like oak and vanilla if you think about trying this. And this could easily be considered a barleywine too.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep copper and dark for the style with a quick off-white head. Nose is IPA and weak. Flavor is the usual hops and big boozy malt expected from a DIPA but hardly exceptional. Drinkable but does not stand out.
bluejacket74 (1318) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head retention was good, and there was a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and floral hops, oak, vanilla, and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy and floral hops, caramel malt, oak, bready malt and light pine hops. Seems pretty balanced between the malt and hops, and it does have a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, glad I got to try it. $7.99 a bomber.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brews. pour is almost red, small off white head with good lacing. Aroma is resiny and piney hops with a strong malt backbone. Taste is resiny and piney hops as well, but the sweet caramel malt takes over and makes it too sweet for me, it takes away from the bitter flavor i wanted. not bad, but far from great.
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, faint mint, and grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger off-white head with decent retention. There’s a good amount of sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light moderate caramel and fruit. The finish has light-moderate citrus, lighter grapefruit, oak, vanilla, and a touch of mint. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it comes across like a hoppy barrel aged Barley Wine.
b3shine (5426) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks decent; malty though. A transparent orangish-brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells malty and hoppy (in that order) with a bit of oak. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A malt-bomb of a DIPA.
DrSilverworm (6371) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. This year’s Big DIPA is aged with oak spirals, which I believe warrants a separate entry.. Clear red-orange color. Good, thin creamy off-white head, good retention, leaves good lace. Bigger body. Good, smooth creamy texture. Nice earthy, herbal hops.. Nice light caramel malt, which is noticeable but takes a backseat to the hops. Definitely tastes like there’s oak wood influence in here, which works nicely with the beer. Still assertive, smooth, and drinkable. More bitter than sweet. Alcohol not noticeable, very drinkable for 10.5%, works well with the flavor. Very tasty stuff.
jkwood04 (3945) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle (Uncharted Waters series - 2013) in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/copper with a big, lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, alcohol, a little vanilla, and some caramel malts. Flavor about the same, with too much alcohol for this style. Smooth texture. Not a bad beer, but something was off.
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - pours golden-orange, medium white head, decent lacing. Aromas of oranges, citrus hops, and vanilla. Taste is all hoppy citrus up front, with a nice background of vanilla, maple and brûlée. Medium-full bodied, smooth finish. Very good.
sonnycheeba (3556) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with average, creamy off-white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is biscuit and cereal malts, citrus and floral hops, apples, berries, light caramel, and light vanilla. Flavor is balanced sweet malts and floral hops with supporting berry esters, light booze, and some toast; dry, bready finish. Medium body and low carbonation.