TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color, Chardonnay, lemon, pine, apple and a bit of phenols. Very sharp hop character in the mouth, oaky, chard. Alcohol well hidden, hops very sharp. Moderate bitterness.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Geeks in Northwest Indiana. Pours a nice golden copper color with a one-finger head. Dissipates to a sticky lacing. Aroma is some tangerine, resin, sweet alcohol, with a ton of pine. Taste starts with resiny pine and some oak, then some citrus and hop bitterness. Get some sweet carmel flavor from the carmel malts at the end as well, but still overpowered by the hops for the most part. The chardonnay really shows through on the palate, as there is some lively carbonation and a tiny bit of astringent sourness on the finish. Have a feeling this could have been more bitter, but the chardonnay sort of smooths it out. Not the most balanced, but still an interesting beer that hop lovers would enjoy.
Aquilo (621) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden copper color with a thin head. Piney hop aroma. Crisp bitter flavor. Very smooth and hoppy at the same time. Very good.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2011. Pours copper with white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, wood. Chardonnay barrel killed a little bit of the hop flavor, but was still a fairly good beer.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Fobab 9. Pours clear golden copper with white head. Aromas of pine and citrus, hops, and oak. Flavors of faded hops, pine, oak, and bit of vinous quality. Carbonation was kind of off. Had a decent nose, but hop presence did not carry over to the flavor of the beer.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Served a clear golden-copper color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a nice mix of strong pine hops and a bit of citrus hops as well. There is also some oak and rich sweet caramel malt as well.
T - Starts off with lots of fresh pine hops and plenty of bitterness. Bit of oak in the background as well. Through the middle, more hops come through with some citrus, more bitterness, and some rich sweet caramel malts as well. The finish is big on the hops, bitterness, and oak flavors and lingers for some time.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry and resiny mouthfeel.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of big fresh hop flavor that blends really nicely with the malts and the oak flavor as well. Super tasty harvest ale.
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden-orange pour with small yellowish head.
Resiny hops throughout, Bright hoppy opening, very dry finish and definitely get some of the barrel in the final flavor. Much milder than the original hopsickle but very nice.
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a hazy dark amber-gold color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Oaky, vinous aroma. Medium body with flavors of oak, citrusy hops and malt. The finish is oaky and hoppy with a fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Hazy dark golden pour with a one finger white head. Intense aroma of huge pine and citrus hops, oak, and white wine. The flavor is as intense as it gets. Enormous pine and citrus hop punch, a touch of sweet malt, white wine, oak, and a slight cattiness. Rough hoppy resinous mouthfeel with medium-full body and mild vomits tannins. Crazy beer overall. I like it.
joeneugs (5709) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro Barrel aged fest 2010. I don’t have very good notes on this one, but I remember being impressed with this nice diversion from all the stouts and sours. It has a potent peachy hop aroma with hints of oak and caramel/toffee. The flavor is oaky with caramel, peaches and candied hops. Extremely potent and enjoyable.