ContemplateBeer (1343) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is reminiscent of Hoptimus, but with dialed back hops and an undeniable oak presence. The appearance is gold with a sticky white head. Flavor is much like the aroma, but with a hint of vanilla. Palate is bubbly. A nice take on Hoptimus.
Tmoney99 (9596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at IBGWF 12. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate floral, sour citrus and wood aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter woody finish of moderate to long duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 sampled from a growler at a harvest homecoming party. big thanks to jesse and josh for this one! pours THICK amber with a small off white head. aroma big piney hops slight citrus and some woody funk. flavor sweet vanilla honey and lots of bitter piney hops. long bittersweet finish. lots of pine and vanilla. full bodied. moderate carbonation. slightly sticky. it was interesting tasting this side by side with hoptimus and seeing just how much the oak aging mellowed this beer. overall a very smooth well balanced beer.