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Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Island IPA

Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Island IPA
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
As many of you know, Big Island is our spring seasonal, a big, hopped up Imperial Pale Ale, 10 % ABV 101 IBU. We have been carefully aging this year’s batch in a 55 gal bourbon barrel for over six months, creating a myriad of flavors from vanilla and coconut oak influences, to, of course, Bourbon whiskey flavors too! This beer is an extremely limited release, and also just won a gold medal (Barrel Aged Strong Beer Category) at the 2010 GABF!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8699) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle rating from notes. Pours an amber/copper color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have fruit, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some grassy notes and some faded citrus hops. This almost seemed more like a barley wine from a bourbon barrel than a DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4043) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
7 Feb 2014, bottle. Light amber and faintly cloudy. Nose is big sweet granola malt and raisins. Med, syrupy body and faintly fizzy. Raisins, vanilla, maple syrup, moderate alcohol. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
2012 bottle number 469 of 540. Pours with a hazed copper hued body with no head. Aromas are of grassy hops, oxidized hops, suntan lotion, caramel, lightly minty hops, low barrel and some butyric acid or baby diaper type aroma. Flavors are of caramel, thick, big dextrious malty body, low mint, herbal and other slightly faded hops with mild vanillin and oak. Thick, low carb. Not my cup of tea: too sweet for my taste in IPA, oxidized/faded hops and a light disjointed barrel character. Plus nearly flat.

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