UncleKorm (1141) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle poured a clear deep copper hue w/ large creamy lasting beige head and thick sticky lacing. Moderate aromas of oak, malt, and spicy hop. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are vanilla, oak, malt, caramelized sugar, straw, and grass. Medium bodied, light creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation.
Doofgoblin (469) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really like the woody aroma. The taste has a caramel sweetness that pairs well with the fruity notes of the hops. The finish is smooth with plenty of oaken burnt sugar... Overall, very nice...
EithCubes (5305) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose deep, heavy caramel with no toffee but a lot of wood -- pine and oak in roughly equal proportion. Pours deep, dark amber (still transparent) with a large and foamy beige head. Light0medium body, dry and stripped of just about all flavor save for the oak barrel and resinous hops -- very much in the style of a West Coaster -- no redemptive malt character, despite the presence of flat caramel, but there are some slight herbal and woodsy touches when the dulled boozes recedes for a moment. Warms the throat and chest, but ever so gently, that we don’t mind. There is a roundness, a smoothness here that relieves us of the need for the crisp and refreshing bent of the modern IPA (really a nice sipper in the classic sense, with the depth of a good Old Ale), and yet, for all the lovely traditional, cask-loving memories that haunt this bottle, there isn’t quite enough soul to necessitate another.
zoucrew102 (1007) - - SEP 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Oaky aroma with floral hops as well as a bit of bourbon. Pours copper colored with a good soapy off white head with good retention and lacing. Good oak flavor with a bit of bourbon-like flavor with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a good floral hop flavor with a slightly bitter bite. Excellent barrel aged ipa with great balance of hop and malt!
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well made barrel aged IPA. There is a good blend of the hops and floral notes with the woody piece from the barrel. Keeps both the hops and oaky notes on a solid level.
vandc01 (232) - North Branch, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber. No date on the bottle - but it is vintage 2014.
Aroma - Can definitely smell the oakiness. Dark fruits too.
Appearance - very clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Smell 1/4 finger of head.
Taste - Very smooth tasty beer. Great bite at the end of my mouth.
Palate - Nice mouth feel.
Overall - Pretty pleased with this. I think if it were to age I wouldn’t like it as much.
onceblind (6101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brilliant deep copper under a thin foamy white head. Brilliant nose of citrusy hop depth, some floral hop resins, a touch of dry grassy hops and a brilliant fresh nose about it all, mixed with coconut and vanilla oak tannins with a little toffee sweetness underneath. The oak tannins themselves show through a little too sharply on the flavor, but its backed by piney floral hop resins and a residual grapefruity zesty twang. Deep and nuanced with complex hop notes that arent easy to pin down, with a clever oakiness featuring wood and coconut tones.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Vibrant, lighter amber with some bright orange around the edges, semi-clear & topped with a slightly chunky eggshell cap. Aroma is loaded with spicy oak, tannins, mild floral hints, botanical water, white pepper, & some mild ashy notes (not sure if they’re from the hops or the oak). Taste transcribes to a semi-abrasive heat on the palate; lots & lots of spicy oak, earthy & ashy hops, stinging floral notes, & tree bark with a mild bitterness. Hint of citrus peel, maybe? But the heaviest component in this beer is wood, in both aroma & flavor. Not bourbon. Not hops. Spicy oak. Not bad, mainly because I do enjoy the smell of fresh wood, but it’s a little over the top here.
mp_lane (97) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber, small white head. Aroma is mildly oaky and malty, little hop note. This IPA has a good balanced taste. Recommended.
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Pours a deep, clear, amber with a half finger, off white head that laces. Aroma has big notes of resin, pine, and some smooth barrel. Taste is bitter but a touch sweet. Pine, citrus, resin, grapefruit, and bourbon barrel at the end. Pretty tasty. Medium body and carbonation. A bit resiny in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall tasty. Lots of American IPA flavours paired with smooth barrel notes.