jcnielsen (1636) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle sampled in Exira, IA. Pours a hazy orange brown color with white head. Wood, orange, cardboard aromas. Flat, oak, citrus flavors. Flat, cardboard...did I spent $20+ on this bottle? Fuck me!
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2013
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks Justin! Pours a milky brown appearance with almost no head or carbonation. These swingtop bottles really are bad for keeping carbonation. Stale hoppy, spicy whiskey, caramel, slight solvent aroma. Very boozy, thick whiskey, no carbonation, dull hoppy, caramel flavor. Undrinkable at this point and with all honesty, is hard to imagine how it was ever very good.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This seems more like a very hoppy, bourbony, barleywine than a double IPA. Some dark fruit, wood, and whiskey. Jay brought this strange beer back with him from CO in spring, 2013.
arminjewell (5581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy red pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of huge sour oak, slight aged/old hops with some caramel, toffee notes, hints of a lemon and odd tartness, something seemed a bit off. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, old hops with some almost buttery notes, lots of lemon and sour oak notes, hints of bourbon in there but a bit off, finishing fairly sweet, oaky, dry. Not my favorite.
kwoeltje (2195) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - STLCOB tasting) Amber. Aroma of bourbon, some pine hops. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, some pine hops, alcohol.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared by John on the GABF Party Bus. Cheers, sir! Pours a deep orange with a slight white head. Nose is huge candied orange with big orange peel, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and huge sweet caramel. Flavor is a shot in the mouth of all things sweet and bourbony: sweet orange, orange peel, whiskey, wood, caramel, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and while I like it, I donít think I could take more than an ounce or two at a time.
beersearcher (2265) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A medium spirit note in the aroma. This was bottle 367 of the small run. The IPA portion of this gets subsumed by the wood and coconut tastes. Slightly rummy too. Very smooth.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared on the GABF Friday brewery tour bus and another big bruising beer (this one is only 13%) on a day of non stop beery goodness at every turn!!! It pours deep gold with copper edges and dirty white tan head of foam. The aroma pushes up resiny pine hoppiness, booze, sticky sap and spicy oak. Alright, so this beer isnít messing around. The taste is similar with vibrant pine and sap and resiny sticky hoppiness everywhere. Where there wasnít bitter resiny hops there was thick shards of spicy oak, bruising booziness and a slight sense of sweet smooth bourbon like booze. Wow! If you want a style pushing IIPA this is the IIPA to try. Damn big, boozy and bitter. Wow!
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense beer! Great nose of oak and bourbon, but the IPA is recognizable. Thick mouthfeel with flavor following nose. Big vanilla oak. Whiskey and sweet malt. Some alcohol. Good beer for a cold night!
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF party bus! pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of hops, pine, whiskey, oak, sweet malt. A battle between barrel and hops, one that I donít usually enjoy. This one was slightly better than the normal BA IPA.