olr1984 (712) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at gabf. from my notes. pours a hazy dark orange with an off white head. sweet malt caramel wheat taste with a bit of a whiskey finish
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Beer Mongers, pours a dark orange-tinted mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of caramel, whiskey, rye, and citrus hops. Flavour is exquisitely complex, with loads of whiskey, rye, and the hops still shine through. Amazing depth to this, with a super creamy palate. Whiskey notes dominate but in a great way. This is probably the best barrel aged IPA I’ve had. Phenomenal stuff.
DrSilverworm (4019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, batch 3. Little vanilla in the aroma. Nice big spicy, toasty malt. Big spicy hop flavor beneath all those complex rye notes. Very good amount of whiskey, a great amount. Enough to be noticeable and appreciated, but not so much as to create a burn nor bite. Smooth, sort of crisp, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Bigger body. Good bigger bitter taste. Nice light amount of warmth in the finish, just short of a burn. This is a beer that pushes it, but comes just short of being over the top. The right amount of aggressive. Almost entirely clear red/orange color. Little off-white head. Few bits of lace. Very nice rye whiskey barrel-aged rye DIPA. The rye on rye combo seems to work very well, here. While watching Inglourious Basterds, I finished the whole bomber myself without issue. Very enjoyable, and somehow balanced stuff. I wish I’d tried this before trying Founders Doom -- I would have had a slightly better benchmark for my first whiskey-barrel-aged DIPA. As far as I can tell right now from what I remember, this is more well-done, more complex, and a better DIPA/whiskey pairing than the aforementioned Backstage celebrity.
beerbastard (607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, chestnut brown pour, with little head and lacing. Batch #3, bottled on 8/15/13. Up front whiskey nose with some vanilla and toffee malts. Not much hops in the aromas. Dominate forward whiskey flavors, followed strong bitterness and some malt oxidation in the background. The biggest thing about this is how the sweet burbon flavors and the bitterness clash. This should be in a different style category, its more like a BA Barley Wine like S.N. Barrel aged Bigfoot. Finishes dry and bitter. Fun beer!
Nsanders (332) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Dark orange brown with a thin white cap. Alcohol, caramel, wet cardboard, mild banana, light rye and resinous pine hop. Taste is quite sweet with a light dry bitter finish. Soapy feel. I was excited for this one, but it is kind of weird - not bad, just not great.
mar (4467) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a cream head. Rye, bourbon, vanilla, citrus, fresh hops. Very smooth palate, vanilla, wood, sticky, light alcohol burn
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch: No. 1 / Cases: 469 / Bottling Date: 4/09/2010
6/03/2010: He’Brew R.I.P.A. on Rye (aged in Sazerac 6 year rye barrels)... Aroma: Lots of caramelized sugars; cistrus hard candy; leafy dry hop comes through. Appearance: Nice amber color; dense beige head; golden bubbles; looks thick and sticky! Flavor: Caramel, sugary, and a little sweet, then a mild hoppiness that grows; fuzzy vanilla; rye bread crust; nice, enjoyable alcohol burn; eating a cracker and then tasting really brings out the dry rye whisky and leafy hop character; the 10% alcohol seems to be an understatement and must have been for the bae beer BEFORE it went into the barrel! Palate: Medium-full body; thick and sticky. Overall: This is a really nice beer, but big IPAs and barrel-aged don’t create great synergy for the most part (in my opinion)...
22 fl. oz. bottle (10% Alc. by Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #232 for this beer.
pictoman (218) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear amber colour with minimal off white head. Predominant caramel malt aroma with hint of hops. Very nice rye taste over the caramel. Hoppy taste fills out the flavour. Medium body.
zoucrew102 (283) - - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel malt aroma at first followed by rye and and subtle hoppy notes. Caramel malt to start with some rye flavors with a dry, slightly bitter finish with some booze a quite a bit of hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jkwalking05 (3051) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Copper with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of rye, caramel, and spicy hops. Taste is of rye, caramel, booze, citrus and a floral bitterness.