Kinz (3305) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last of the Great Hatter Experience of the Richmond 16th. Medium amber, aroma and flavor yet again match. Caramel oriented with a pleasant, slight vanilla note. Faint citric hops quite muted. Not bad at all, probably my favorite of the set, even though I usually don’t like oaked IPA’s. In this instance, it seemed to add some character that the original lacked.
Butters (3787) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Sampled with the other 5 in the series.Clear amber pour with bright white ring of head. Honey sweetness and mellow hop on the nose with a malty semismokey backbone. Flavor is mellowed and hints of vanilla and wood and the same piney citrus underlying base. Pretty good actually.
tia (939) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Golden foamy head. Smells sweet and perfumey with a note of spice. Kind of tastes like bourbon. I like bourbon. Mild carbonation.
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Initially a very sour and then the woodiness takes over. Very Good drinkability, the barreling was effective. Lacey on a lighter yellow body. Hoppiness was well integrated and about right.
jandd1983 (2588) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a copper/orange color with an off-white head. The aroma was of hops and whiskey. The flavor was about the same, though somewhat dominated by the whiskey flavor.
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
If youre going to Barrel age an IPA you have to dry hop the shit out of it and this one didnt do that. The hops are muted and the taste is really just spicy oaky lightly hopped mess. Tastes to me like very watered down makers mark with a splash of lemon. blah
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and spicey aroma. Oaky but without vanilla. very spicey, the rye comes through a little. Finish is bitter. Executed well but nothing charming. It’s like a chick with an aight face, smallish knockers and flat butt.
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. This is clear and copper with a good amount of carbonation quickly floating up. A thick off white head leaves sticky lacing. This is a handsome beer. A rich pine and malty aroma. Also noted is bourbon with vanilla. There flavors in here that are both nice and that collide. I taste cardboard, oak, oxidized hops, cinnamon, caramel, and fruit. In the end this was a nice beer. The bourbon was not over done and there were some tasty hops. Not always an easy feat with this style.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Copper hued amber, large foamy off-white head, very nice lacing.   Faint hop nose, a little dank, the barrel aging seems minor, if at all.   Any sort of Bourbon aspect seems real shallow on the nose.   Wow, quit the opposite on the tongue.   Fairly hefty Bourbon like flavors right up front, some wood, a bit of ash, some Vanilla.   IPA seems a bit weak, but comes across as sweet and citrusy.   Not a lot of body to this one.   Moderate it is.   Not a real hoppy example.   Seems more of a Pale Ale aged in Bourbon to me.   This is a subtle example of both barrel aging and an IPA.   Certainly not bad, but this one isnt a bruiser and I wouldnt expect it to last too long.   Enjoyable as is however.   Thanks to pailhead for the bottle!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of fain Bourbon, slight wood, light hops, light malt, and a hint of caramel. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared quickly, except for around the edges. Very slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Bourbon, hops, slight caramel, light malt, slight wood, slight rye, and slight bread. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Bourbon, hop, light wood finish is lightly dry.