italianjohn (2562) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow golden pour, thin bubbly white head .... aroma of grapes (chardonnay), light oak, some light citrusy/floral hops and fruity belgian tripel yeast ...... taste has a spicy hoppy bite with a fruity belgian yeast, dry oak and chardonnay notes (grapes of course), citrusy fruits (apicots, oranges and peaces) and a light floral/piney bite .... mouthfeel is dry with a lingering bitterness in the finish .... a well balanced beer with abv hidden well
HeadyDE (609) - Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes..one of the top 3 or so offerings from Savor this past June, obviously this is not the ideal setting to be trying to take notes, but this really impressed, stood out from most other offerings, had a ton of complexity, and extremely drinkable..would love to see how this would age..seek it out..
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line :
Subtle iodine mars this Barrel-Aged Double IPAís citric and grape-y fruitiness, as alcohol heat and honeyed malts attempt to whip up a comforting brew.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam covers the hazy pale amber.
-Hop bitterness is redolent of conifers.
-That aroma sure is not appealing, even more so for a style supposed to showcase bright hops!
-At this hefty price, you just cannot allow yourself to bottle a brew with any faults. Iím not buying anything from them at this price again, thatís for sure.
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer appears crystal clear and light orange in color. The head stands in at approximately an inch thick, and displays lasting retention. As the cap recedes it leaves a healthy dose of lacing on the glass. The aroma is really wonderful, with a lot of barrel scents coming through prominently. The flavor is very good, but not quite up to the level of the aroma. The taste is very tannic, as the wine barrels really shine through. The hop aspect is there, but is a bit overshadowed by the French Oak Chardonnay barrel. That being said, the beer is pretty well balanced, and surprisingly drinkable for what it is. Frankly, I did not expect to enjoy a barrel-aged IPA this much. The feel is medium bodied with a solid carbonation level. A blend of hops and barrels lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer is complex and interesting, and I would certainly have it again. Best shared and / or enjoyed in small quantities.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-12-2011
jcnielsen (2732) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with white head. Malty, white wine, with hints of hops. Nice belgian, white wine taste with some bitterness from the hops. One of my favorite belgian/ipa combo beers.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden orange. Smells of peach apricot oak and grain. The taste is smooth but extremely complex. Fruity white white, dry hay like hops, a nice full grainy feel. There is a beautiful Belgian golden ale feel that makes it familiar. Crisp apple cider like dry finish, very nice.
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Hazy orange pour with fluffy white head, dissipates pretty fast. Aroma has notes of wine, white grape, some grapefruit, orange peel, hints of grass, peach and apricot notes, slight esters with hints of grapefruit, some biscuit and bready notes. Taste is slightly boozy, hints of grape, white wine, hints of apricot, pear notes, touch of biscuit and bread, some yeast, finishing fairly sweet, slight bitterness. More alcohol than I thought there would be.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy dark gold with frothy white head. Aroma of oak and chardonnay are very present. Nice belgian yeast and light pineapple aromas as well. Flavor has a sweet malty body that immediately hits you with bitter hops that become immediately more intense and then smoothes over to a sweet finish that ends with a strong alcohol chardonnay flavor. The alcohol really lingers behind. This is a very unique beer. Iíve really been enjoying all beers released from Nebraska Brewing Co. I will say that all of their beers are uniquely distinguishable from the yeast they use to the oak chardonnay barrels...which is pretty cool to have a signature note to your beers.
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Jimmies, YES I know draft of this beer is RARE but it came from a very reputable place so Iím sure this is what it is. Poured a mostly clear dark dark gold body with a smaller large soap bubble mostly white head. Aroma of bad white wine, grapes, set bread and hint of wet oak. Palate is nice with a medium to fuller mouthfeel, stronger to average carbonation, good dose of heat on the finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma and loaded with vinous notes and green grapes. Meh....itís okay at best.
Drake (10845) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of floral hops, earthy notes, stone fruits. The taste is stone fruits, bread, herbal and tropical hops, fruit cocktail. Full bodied.