doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Pours a copper color with a creamy head that disappears but clings to the edge. Good Carbonation. Nice sweet oak aroma. Taste is nice and clean with oak and hops. Oak is prominent. Good mouthy feel! Good hops on the back side leaves you wanting the next sip! I like this!
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad IPA, but I did not taste much of the oak aging, and so was disappointed. Pretty much just tasted like Hatter.
johnnymusky (274) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as good as i thought it would be....very similar to hatter.....too much biscuit and malt for my tasty....wood taste is minimal.
czar (4608) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear dark golden with a very nice off-white head, good retention and strong lacing. toasted maltiness, rye-like graininess with a caramel touch, fruitiness - oranges, apricots and berries, touch of coconut and other lo-fi barrel components, pepper, grass and bitter herbs. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily, balanced grassy-piney-spicy-woodsy-citrusy finish. slightly changes the original brew but does not necessarily improve it. still slightly above average ipa.
drjay44 (2705) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2014. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is light pine, resin, floral notes from the hops, light wood, light cereal.....taste is slightly sweet to start, with hints of toffee/caramel, light pine, resin notes, light wood tones, finishing with a soft hop bitterness.....mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation adds tingle, and minimal acid. This is a very English IPA. The hops are lightly American, but were used with a relatively light hand making for a gentle bitterness, and relatively light hop aromas and flavors. The wood, while present was only slightly noticeable, and helped to moderate the hops. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6
UncleKorm (864) - 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 (321) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 (5054) - 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 (585) - - 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 (239) - 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 (90) - North Branch, Minnesota, 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.