kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Gordon, Oak Aged
Date: March 10, 2007
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque orange, lasting creamy cream colored head, thick lace
Aroma: sweet grapefruit aroma arives before you pick up the glass, a hint of vanilla brings out the sweetness in the citrus, as it warms the oak aroma blossoms
Body: creamy body
Flavor: very creamy and smooth sweet caramel malt flavor with an abundance of hop flavor, an oaky aspect blends in nicely with the hop flavor and lasts through a long bitter finish, just a hint of vanilla in the background, the oak really complements the normal sticky sweetness to bring it in balance with the hops while still retaining some of the stickyness, perfect bitterness level
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Name: Gordon, Bourbon
Date: June 19, 2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque rusty brown
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of sweet hops and light oak
Body: sticky sweet body
Flavor: the caramel and bourbon combine to create a perfectly balanced sweet malt flavor base, lots of sticky sweet pine blends with the malt, a hint of vinally brings out more sweetness
Overall: a pleasant surprise as I expected a bourbon IPA to be overwhelmed by the bourbon but this one balances nicely
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 16/20
Name: Gordon, Whiskey
Date: November 02, 2008
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Max’s in B’more. This was my first beer in a long night of big beer drinking. Taste was very much like that of the regular Gordon, but with the added deliciousness of the whiskey barrel aging. The whiskey barrel aged Ten-Fidy was more intense than this one. I don’t have any technical notes on this one.....The only thing I can say is that I loved the regular version of this and this was every bit as good. I have to have this one again!!
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Max’s American Craft Beer Festival. Pours a clear, reddish-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Chewy, hard candy and vanilla in the aroma. Dense, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of hard-tack candy (a term I think only my grandmother uses anymore?); candy sugar and red fruits and caramel; relaxed carbonation; slight hint of vanilla / wood. Slightly different beast from the regular Gordon: chewer, denser, diminished hop presence. Lengthy, candy sugar and light vanilla finish.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 [Draft @ Max’s] Poured a lightly hazy, amber color, with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, floral hops, pine, caramel malts, and tropical fruits. The whiskey appeared in the taste, along with more pine, some tobacco, caramel malts, citrus fruits, and sharp bourbon, leading way to an alcoholic finish.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Max’s. Slightly cloudy golden orange colored body with a 1-inch off-white (almost pink) head. Fruity and sugary hops tasted, mostly in the back since up front it’s this doughy, bready buttery whiskey flavor that doesn’t really do anything for me. However, the whiskey qualities are quite light, same as in the whisky Ten FIDY. A little too buttery in the nose, and of course the whisky-flavored butter notes only get more pronounced as the glass reaches room temperature. Can’t say I was impressed by this one.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is murky light golden-brown with a small, white, frothy, head that disapates into a ghost on the surface.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, chocolate, increasing caramel; Hoppy with moderate note of resin/pine, light notes of lemony citrus and grass; Yeasty with moderate notes of basement, trace of dough; Moderate candy sugar, light alcohol.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, trace bitter with a long, lightly warm, moderately sweet finish.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.<P>
Didn’t catch a ton of whisky or barrel character.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brick Store on 3/8/07 (Oak-Aged Gordon): Pours a transparent deep copper orange with a large, well-lacing frothy off-white head. Big, fresh, piny hoppy aroma has some sweet caramel malty notes with a nice, fresh, earthy, woody oaky presence with a touch of vanilla. Body starts with a nice light malty sweetness, good resiny hop flavor and the perfect balance of oak flavor with a slight hint of vanilla bourbon. Very drinkable with nice complexity. Finishes drier, crisp and bittersweet and hides the alcohol well. Much better than the regular version.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin), with notes of wood, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not a whole lot different than the standard Gordon...barrel character is light to my senses.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest listed as "Gordon on Bourbon" but my rating was moved here so I’l have to live with that cuz i don’t think ti’s the same beer. my notes are pretty unclear but i recall the barrel really mellowing the hops out too much and losing the gordon character. vanilla and whiskey are big in this one. not too good.
beerist (14) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Brick Store
Appearance is cloudy/amber with a thin creamy head. Aroma is citrusy hoppiness with a slight touch of toast. Flavor is big grassy, citrusy hops with a big presence of malt sweetness to balance it. Oakiness prevalent in the finish. Oak seems to mellow the hops. Overall not as good as normal fresh, on-tap Gordon, IMO. The oakiness mellowed the hops a little bit too much, IMO, and didn’t add too much in return.