S_Side_Smitty (700) - 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 (2408) - 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 (9412) - 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 (817) - 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.
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a slight off-white head. Aroma has some overdone too-much crystal malt home brew funkiness, a touch of house brand bourbon. Flavor is overly sweet for a Double IPA - some maple syrup sweetness, some bourbon notes, some brown sugar, just a touch of citrus bitter. More like a barleywine in my humble opinion. Definitely save for the winter.
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a bit faint. Some bourbon with a caramel sweetness and some hops beneath. Flavor is bourbon mixed with some citrus hops. Slightly undercarbonated. Woodiness/oaky comes through from the bourbon barrel. Not overtly bourbony which is good. I enjoyed this. Pretty good attempt.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark copper color with a bubbly tan head. Nose is strong bourbon and wood, notes of vanilla, a fair bit of rich malt presence, chocolate and caramel. Hops are faint, mostly add citrus behind the strong bourbon and malt. Taste is same, lots of bourbon but actually not quite as dominant. Rich malts, quite a lot of them, chocolaty and sticky caramel. Hops are even more faint, they add a hint of citrus to balance in back. Mostly fleshy orange. Full bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation for being in the barrel so long. More like a hopped up barley wine, blending styles a bit. Not bad, a bit sugary.
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard long neck. Great label. Foggy tea - colored brew with a small khaki head. Very malty aroma with caramel, wood, dark sugars. Woody and a little boozy up front. Some peat and leather. Vanilla. Acidic, not too sweet. This is barleywine. Heavyish body. Warming. Finishes out a little syrupy with peppery hops and wood. New Leaf Market.
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours hazy red amber, medium creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Flavor follows, full sweet, light bitter, rich, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark sugars. Full body, creamy, lingering bitterness. Nice, but this is a barley wine...
swengw (8) - - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at a summer street fair in Chicago. Aromatic, delicious, full-bodied and bitter, definitely a beer to sip instead of quaff