radioseer (298) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 ounce bomber - shaker) Pours an amber color with a half finger size of head. Aroma is of a citrus hops, and a sweet crystal or caramel malt. The nose also has notes of vanilla, oak, and maybe pears. Taste has a heavy sweetness and a medium to heavy bitterness. Has a dry finish.
daknole (8348) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer shared at Fata’s. Pours an amber/brown color. Aromas of juicy hops, bourbon, dried pears, oaky notes. Flavor is pretty malty up front, followed by the bourbon and oak notes and a bit of a spicy citrus hop flavor. Good.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at New Holland Brewpub during Hatter Days. Hazy copper with a medium off-white head and a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma of oak, floral and citrus hops and notes of smoke, bourbon and vanilla. With oak and smoke, the beer is no joke. Vanilla and medium malts mix it up with some floral and citrus hops and a bit of bourbon in the background. Mildly bitter and pretty tasty.
Drake (7850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA opened 8/5/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, peppery wood notes and some maltiness. The taste is bitter herbal hops, vanilla, wood, faint whisky notes. Medium bodied. Decent.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. My first beer in a while and a necessary one after a 40+ hour regular work week and a 10 hour day today. Will this live up to the hype in my mind? Ruddy amber with a short, foamy tan head. Certainly smells like an IPA. Add some soft oak, light vanilla, grains, and caramel. Taste is like a smooth IPA. Hops are there but slightly mellowed with light vanilla, soft citrus, oak, light boozy notes, caramel and maybe a hint of cake. Body is medium with a creamy, smooth carbonation that gets a little prickly towards the end. The finish is slightly dry with more caramel, light citrus, oak, boozy notes, hops, and more cake. Nice!
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber / copper with a soapy off-white head. The aroma is quite malty with some mustiness and vanilla that is probably from the oak. Also there seems to be a hint of bourbon, but not getting any hops from the aroma. Medium body that is lightly grainy with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts out with caramel malt and quite a bit of vanilla oakiness. There seems to be a spiciness, but I’m not sure what its from.. The finish has dry toffee and some earthy / piny hops. Decent beer, but doesn’t strike me all that much of an IPA.
thegreenrooster (3060) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is a slight hop with a nice vanilla and wood smoke. Flavor is a nice hop to start then comes a decent oak from the barrel aging. Finish has some bourbon notes but nothing to overpower. This was a different IPA and quite nice with the barrel aging
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a soft near white head. Aromas of an apparent IPA with a nice oak based body. Taste is very vanilla with a bourbon like evidence apparent from sip to swallow. Not too much oak but definately enought to make sure you know what you’re drinking. Great spin off of the already delicious Mad Hatter and Imperial Hatter.
italianjohn (2208) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale amber pour off white thin head .... aroma of tea, earthy and some mild sweet malts and citrusy hop but mostly tea and earthy .... taste is earthy with lots of oak and light bourbon little vanilla and some sweet malt little bit of tea .... little thin in the mouthfeel with a dry malty oaky finish
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with a small, frothy white head, short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy hops (floral, citrus, pine), bourbon and oak notes, though subdued, and light caramel, honey, and biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy hops with supporting malt, spicy alcohol, sweet bourbon and oak. Hop bitterness is well-balanced with the bourbon spice. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and a dry finish.