neongolden (377) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask at Bryden’s, Toronto, March 2014) Pours a hazy copper orange with an inch of frothy whitish cask head. Aroma has some pine/citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, lots of rum/molasses notes, quite oaky, vanilla, barrel heavy. Flavour has sweet caramel IPA body with a bit of sticky pine resin/citrus pith hops along with lots of barrel character: rum, spice, molasses, loads of wood and vanilla. Quite sweet until near the finish, but dries out pretty dramatically with a bitterness from hops, oak and a quite strong rum note and what seems a bit like barrel toast. Smooth, medium bodied cask. If you’re going to age an IPA in a rum barrel, you might as well extract lots of barrel character and this does. A little like a rum cocktail with a bitter citrus mixer. Interesting.
samzim (146) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scent of pine, molasses, and. Sweet flavour with rich oak. Opaque, dark brown colour. Fruity flavour with sweet notes of nuts and caramel. Medium-heavy body. Very tasty!