zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma was interesting. Fruits and a slight bourbon tone. Flavor was bourbon with not many other interesting characteristics. Not very enjoyable.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at ACBF09. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially).
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle - Pours clear amber, medium high white head. Nice hoppy smell that most IPA’s have, could not pickup any undertones. Taste is nice strong hops, a little rough, biting aftertaste. I enjoy a nice hoppy aftertaste, but something in this just wasn’t right. I did not like this IPA as much as I do others.
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Pours a clear copper, pretty carbonated. Semi-sweet beer with not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness as I like in an IPA. OK, but not great.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
translucent gold, with insubstantial white head. aroma is hoppy, but not very strong. not as hoppy as i like in an ipa, and the barrel seems to cut the edge of the hops, anyway. i found it very mellow, and mellowness is not what i appreciate about an ipa. there seemed to be more minuses than pluses in barrel aging this ipa.
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear medium gold color with a light white foamy head. The aroma is of bitter hops with a hint of sweetness in the background. There is also a bit of a grassy smell. The flavor is much more light and simple than I was expecting. The beer has a light bitter hoppy flavor with hints of grass, and it is fairly smooth in the mouth. There is another flavor in the background, but I can’t put my finger on what it is. Maybe it is a bit smokey.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Very hazy amber with a small head. Very aromatic-hoppy aroma with tropical fruit, pale malt, and hints of alcohol. Strongly hoppy, grassy-fruity flavor - a bit stingy but quite nice. Medium-bodied, low-carbonated palate. Probably would get a higher score outside a Belgian Xmas beer festival...
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
opaque amber, frothy solid cream head, sweet woody aroma, big oak and vanilla flavor, light tartness, very tasty oak
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
bigred024 (26) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Filled with hops. A good beer to eat with beef or spicy dishes. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was good; I’ve had Mad Hatter before, but when barrel aged this IPA tasted to me like...tea...which is a bit odd.
This beer poured a hazy amber, appeared a bit dull, and exhibited lots of head. Aroma was rather "Cascade-y" in its hop smell. Flavor was quite odd...this beer seemed to be an intersection of sweet hop flavor and light oak barrels, and the result tasted to me like tea...which was an odd and new flavor for me to pull out of beer. Mouthfeel was good but slighty chalky.