nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color. Smells like caramel, butterscotch, oak, and prunes. Itís very smooth and very sweet with a pronounced bourbon finish. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, orange, and vanilla. Similar to a barrel aged barleywine. A nice sipper- only downfall is its very sweet.
beerbaaron (923) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh batch. Bottle. Pours a clear, dark, ruby reddish orange amber. Medium, frothy creamy white head, partly lasting with nice lace. Aroma comes together pretty nicely, seamless, finds caramel sweetness, dark fruity, overripe grapefruit, light bourbon barrel character. The more I take it in, the more complex it gets. The hops end up pairing really well with the bourbon barrel character. Higher end of medium body. Flavor not quite as seamless as aroma but still nice and smooth. Piney and grapefruit bitterness, leveled out with caramely malty sweetness and subtle bourbon barrel character. Light booze. Dry, oaky, almost powdery finish, maybe too much so. The bourbon barrel character stays in a complimentary role and it makes this one work.
MarinEvelyn (466) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
White/tan frothy head, rich dark brown / ruby color.
Aroma is full of dark fruit and caramel. Very rich and sweet. Some bourbon.
Taste is also rich and sweet. Some woodiness, a slight dry finish.
Rough, beautiful, and bold.
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Nearing the end of this yearís batch at Green Bay according to Joe K., while sampled at the upstairs tasting lounge bar, displaying a brownish copper color, with a creamy, off white head, and wavey cling to the lacing. The aroma was some malt sweetness, resin, citrus, noticeable bourbony alcohol, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor contributed medium hop bitterness, moderate carbonation, a medium+ body, decent alcohol warmth, a bit of cask wood flavor, and a slightly dry finish. The DIPA hop bite was a little past prime, as the malt sweetness was starting to mellow the effect. Still nicely potent, with the Barleywine comparison not too far off. Next time, shared a 16 oz. bottle with craft friends, poured to snifters, with a similar appraisal, noticed more grapefruit, and barrel influenced coconut in both aroma & taste.
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Owen & Engine. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a note of grapefruit and pine with a decent amount of vanilla and sweet grain. Flavor has some oaky vanilla up front with a good amount of grapefruit coming out.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love this beer. The malt and fire of the bourbon mesh so very well with the hoppy goodness of the IPA. A unique beer that leaves the tongue confused.
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Old Fashioned. Deep brown-red color. Oily head. Some hops in the aroma, but seem covered up in thick malt. Bourbon really takes over. Very malty. Solid hop backbone, with this is closer to Barleywine than IIPA. Lots of fruity caramel tones. A little underwhelming flavorwise, while overwhelming in body. Begins to finish scotchy and smoky, a little fig. OK, but not that impressive overall.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Milwaukee brewpub in January 2011 labeled as Whiteout Imperial IPA. Clear ruby with a thin wispy head. Vibrant nose full of red fruit and bourbon. A definitive aged note from the oak and. Bourbon. Very much like cotton candy and sherry. More like a barleywine in flavor. Alcohol spice red fruit flavors juicy fruit with that oak and bourbon. Dry alcohol finish. 9/4/8/4/15
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was a bit thin, i got the last few ounces before the barrel kicked. It is big and bourbony with a surprising bitterness.
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Sugar Maple. In my opinion, this beer is a mess of an IPA. Deep red-brown. Nose is bourbon...thatís it. No hops coming through. Mostly bourbon flavor with some malt coming through. Finish is...bourbon. Not a very good match. Lent itself much better to their scotch ale which is excellent. Not to say this beer didnít taste good, but lacking the essential qualities of the style. The bourbon barreling should lend a new aspect to the style, not dominate it. Rating to reflect this.