AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap: The hoppy bite is subdued by the oak aging. Very subtle and enjoyable bourbon notes, smoke/vanilla/oak. I think overall, this was a well-balanced and interesting beer.
vandc01 (74) - 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 wouldnít like it as much.
onceblind (4042) - 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 (1849) - 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 theyíre 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 itís a little over the top here.
mp_lane (41) - 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 (600) - 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.
Mastelefish (86) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber-brown with a white head. Definitely some wood notes at the nose along with some citrus. Taste isnít very bitter. Mouth feel is fairly wet with a dry finish. A little different for an IPA in terms of the woody vibe.
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a little dubious about oak aging an IPA but it worked. Didnít take away from the bright hoppiness but added a smooth, rounded body, pairing well with a blue cheese burger with griilled portobello. I still think this approach could fail miserably but if the barrel isnít too dominating itís nice.
Mark_Eck (686) - - JUL 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is oak and some fruit. Taste is overpowering oak. Not very balanced.
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super pleased with this beer. It does have the IPA hops but the barrel aged makes it smooth with some yeast and biscuit flavor with caramel and alcohol. Lovely.
EyeAmBaldman (227) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a light mahogany with an off white head. Bourbon on the nose. Taste is all bourbon and very little hops. Too much bourbon on the palate.