CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of whiskey, taste is whiskey, hoppy, bitter, caramel, alcohol, finishes clean with a nice whiskey aftertaste. All of these barleywine comparisons are unjustified. It is definitely an Imperial IPA, darker than most yes, but lacking the distinct malty presence and candied flavors from a typical barleywine-imo.
wlajwl (4432) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is bourbon/barrel aging and a background of fruit. The flavor is bourbon, pine needles, medium sweetness, malts and a mix of alcohol and hops in the finish. Barrel aging this 20 months turned it into a barleywine, really.
kaser (3791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour from bottle at 3 Floyds. Has a huge bourbon aroma and flavor. Not sure why this is called an ipa. Buts it's good. Sugary and malty honey taste with a pretty thick pallette.
madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a film of tan head. Nose is pleasant caramel nut bread. Light yeast, gentle barrel, and a bit of piney citrus hops. Well-integrated. Taste is like a big barley wine. Malty, nutty, caramel, light booze, bourbon, a bit of oak. A hint of hops in the finish. A bit gritty, but the bourbon is complementary, not overbearing. Slick and thick. Real pleasant stuff.
sonnycheeba (4130) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber/copper with fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, pear, and some floral notes. Flavor is sharp hop bitterness, some malt sweetness, some toast, and faint stone fruit. Medium body and carbonation.
edwardbass (621) - Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seriously, my local craft beer stop had these on sale for $1.99, so I had to try a couple....I hope they still have more. Bourbon aroma. Dark golden brown color with no head. Taste is bourbon-sweet, nice smokey wood, ripe pears?, then hops kick in, sort of in the background, then kicks in at the end. Definitely not a DIPA. I agree with the comments saying it’s more a barleywine.
S_Side_Smitty (572) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy red-amber with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet maple syrup and grains. Taste is exactly the same at first, then a gritty bitterness kicks in at the mid palate and smoothes out for a long finish. A great DIPA for those who favor barley wines.
AWISLguy (1660) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma has stone fruits, citrus, some sweet tropical fruits, toffee malts, pine and oak. Taste has oranges, definite oak aging, some pine and a solid malt backbone. Tangy, oaky and nicely bittersweet, while medium bodied and a bit syrupy. Finishes longly bittersweet in a nice blend of the two. Enjoyable, tasty, and bit surprising with the barrel aging. 14.2
BVery (7606) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich copper pour with a foamy white head. Rich caramel malt, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Some soft wood and bourbon. Bold rich flavor.
Scipio (754) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear and very dark amber with a minimal beige head. The aroma tends to lean towards grapefruit and pine that is typical for your IPA. Adding to this are caramel, bourbon, oak, and mild vanilla, all while being quite sweet. The taste is sweet with less bitterness than I was expecting. I get milder pine and grapefruit up front. Underneath there is caramel and apple. Bourbon is a presence throughout, which lingers for a fairly heavy aftertaste. Medium bodied, thick in texture, average in carbonation. This one is alright. For a style that I enjoy, something about this one doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe because it is very sweet, maybe the standard IPA characteristics are replace by the flavor of alcohol. In any way, I enjoy others from this style more.