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 youíre drinking. Great spin off of the already delicious Mad Hatter and Imperial Hatter.
italianjohn (2149) - 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 (8454) - 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.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a medium golden color with a small white frothy head. Aroma is quite sweet, caramel and some woody oak notes are there, the oak being background with some vanilla and coconut, and some hints of nuttiness. Flavor starts with some of the woody oak character, giving way to the sweet caramel before a slightly fruity hop character comes in through the finish, with very little bitterness, just some mild fruity bite and woody lingering character. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. I was hoping for more IPA from this, its just kind of a sweet ,lightly oaked and lightly bitter beer. Not a lot of complexity especially from the IPA standpoint.
SacchCerevisiae (16) - Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Dark copper appearance, with a medium layer of white cloudy head. Carbonation was on the lower side for an IPA, perhaps because of the oak aging. Didnít note it, but memory suggests that this brew retained the head well and left behind some good fresh lacing. 4
Smell - Medium strength fruity, citrus, grapefruit notes are at the forefront of the nose, with wood tones from the aging blanketed in there. A little bit of something like vanilla as well. 3.5
Taste - A blend of citrus, definitely including orange, mixed with the oak from the aging process at the back end of the sip. Certainly notes of bourbon from the barrel aging. Maybe a bit of smoke in there, too. The bourbon notes become more pronounced as the beer warms. Interesting mix with the citrusy hops and the bourbon/woody vanilla tones from the oak aging, but it works well. New territory for me, well received. 4
Mouthfeel - Lower carbonation from the aging and mid-low range bitterness for an IPA are balanced out by the bourbon notes to make a mildly drinkable IPA. Iíd probably be finished with this if I had two. 3.5
Overall - A very interesting beer, especially for never before having had a barrel aged IPA (or any beer lighter than a stout, for that matter). I would like to try a few more of this kind to see where the style can go, though this offering did a good job of getting me into it. 4
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bomber purchased at Normís in Vienna, VA. pours a dark orange with a 1/4" white head. medium levels of oak on the nose with vanilla and caramel. light citrus hops linger. medium body - creamy throughout with more vanilla, light oak, light bourbon, lots of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and a lingering citrus bitterness through to the finish. sweet on the back end with citrus hops and vanilla.
Narnad (1373) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clean amber color with a low but large bubbled white head. Aroma has a very hefty hoppy nose with notes of pine and orange citrus up front and a mild leafy hops bitterness at the ending. A very modest amount of malt comes through mostly in the form of a toasted maltiness with some mild sweet undertones. Flavor is kinda bland up front. Oak/bourbon are light and come through first with some mild sweet caramel and toasted malt presence. Hops comes in late with an orange citrus and a very light pine kick at the end. Body is crip with fine carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall I think itís just an okay brew. Flavor was a bit lackluster and really divided. Nose was solid. Better flavor would of really bettered the brew. A bit disappointed with the brew as a whole.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden amber with nice white lacing. Citrus, caramel, and oak in the aroma. Light-bodied and lightly carbonated. Lotís a juicy hops flavor, but quite dry with a pleasing oak astringency in the finish. The alcohol is well masked. Perfect blend of citrus hops and oak.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks ty! i guess i sort of like oak aged ipas. iappreciate the oak flovros withut a black or huge abv beer along for the ride. only one of the series i drank the entire bottle of. tons of nice oak profile, good carb, still good hoppyness.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hint of wood and vanilla on the nose. Not much else except hint of light citrus hops and possibly ammonia. Pours amber, not much head. Wood, bourbon essence, amonia. Thin not much character. Light lingering vanilla and wood. Watery base beer. No body at all.