Tonkun (586) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy, reddish brown pour. Caramel, rye, pine, soda and spice. Spicy carbonation with medium body. Short slightly bitter finish. Good but nothing too special
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mahogany color with a huge off-white head that laces the glass. Aroma of oak, leafy hops, citrus, vanilla, toasted malts, and brown sugar. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, booze, molasses, toast, tobacco, and citrus. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel that coats the palate. Big and boozy.
libertine (176) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark rusty red with a thin off white head. aroma is amazing and complex. if i was blindfolded i would not guess a dipa because of the malty sweetness and woodiness that you pick up immediately. wood, caramel, burnt sugar, rye, spice, and tropical fruit. flavor is sweet as well. white pepper, rye, caramel, whiskey, tropical fruit. full bodied with an oily mouthfeel. has a peppery sweet finish that becomes slightly resinous in the end. call it a dipa but with the malty sweetness this has it almost hides the hops. dont get me wrong, the hops are there but that malt takes center stage for me. this is delicious. glad i have a bottle to age.
Scrapersnbeer (1392) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of rye spice, sugary caramels, and ropey hops. Reddish copper looking. For better or worse this beer has a lot going on: spicy hop, airy rye bread, toffee sweetness and a hint of salty blood. On the other hand it doesnít feel more than 7 percent while packing maybe 70 IBUs or more. Per the bottle, this beer is dedicated to Leonard Schneider, who my friend Wikipedia says was the often caustic comedian Lenny Bruce. Very appropriate.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 Itís a 10% percent beer from HeBrew. That means itís a heavy, sweet, boozy mess thatís borderline undrinkable. I think Iím done with these. Shame, too, I kinda like the regular RIPA.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rye, big malts and a background of pine. The flavor is rye, complex caramel malts, barrel aging/fruit, grapefruit and a sour/dry finish.
Brewdork (188) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 edition bottled 8/15/2013. 12 oz. bottle poured into shaker. Hazy deep copper color with a finger of fizzy tan head. Complex aroma with earthy notes of dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Flavors of rye, bourbon, and a long woody finish. Palate is quite smooth despite the 10% ABV. I love the regular version, so I had no doubt that Iíd enjoy the barrel-aged variant. I was right.
mallons72 (149) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful beer. Lacing faint. To me, nose of raspberry. Rye finish. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Hebrew 2013 Holiday collection. Pours thick and turbid red colored, looking bright and hazy mahogany colored through direct light, the color of rare filet mignon, with a finger of frothy off-white head. The nose is...the nose is....Jesus Tits, Bob Griese, lemme tellya bout the nose. This nose is as intense as Iíve encountered. This nose is more complex and stiffer than a Bobby Bowden defense. A huge oaky bourbin initial aft, plus big malt, hops, rye, cacao, fruit. Tastes rich, smooth, with amazingly well hidden alcohol. The initial sip gives a big oaky and bourbon flavor, earthy malt, big hops, figgy fruit, cacao, molasses, and it smooths out after that, presenting more rye, oak, and bourbon, with the malt and hops balancing things out well. Stays oaky and spirity, never sweet, and always complex. This beer is one of the greatest of all time. I wouldnít sacrifice my first born son for another bottle of this, but I;d sacrifice either of the Allstrom brothers. This one reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog Fred From the Wood.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, vanilla, toffee, coconut, whiskey, rye, oak, clove, toast, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, light pine, and oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big malt and barrel presence and complexity with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/barrel balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged DIPA. Hop presence was weak, but the malt/barrel balance and complexity of flavors were very impressive; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.