jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy amber with big, creamy, flotsam, off-white head / Curious nose of ham, wood (acasia?), orchard fruit, bread, and caramel / Elegant, medium body, acidic and lightly sour, with good balance and bitter finish / Stylish flavors of caramel, wood, resin, cooked apple, ham, and Swiss cheese / To be the dissenter, this is weird but good stuff for fans of the Belgian ales of Jolly Pumpkin or Fantome. Double IPA - I don’t think so.
Moliere (27) - Viterbo, ITALY - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Una birra particolarissima, si tratta di una double Ipa invecchiata in botti dii legi differenti e che la caratterizzano negli aromi, sapori e sensazioni.
Countbeer (4323) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small white head change quick into lacing than again disappears quick completely.
Hazy orange colored beer.
Smell apples, yeast, wood, cider.
Taste is a dofferent/special mix of bitter, fruit, apple, peach, watermelon, hops. The bitterness seems to keep growing. Not your usual dipa. Good bitter with many apple notes.
Aftertaste is again good bitter with some yeasty apple notes.
Low to no carbo, watery to light creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body and a watery texture.
Interesting beer and wood choice. Like a special oak aged cider.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07/07/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (375ml bottle). Bellissimo color ambrato intenso limpidissimo, buona schiuma biancastra pannosa, molto persistente. Aroma intenso di malto, caramello, luppolo, alcool, con evidenti note legnosea. In bocca è molto alcolica, caramellata, luppolata, con note astringenti date dalla botte. Incredibilmente complessa. Corpo pieno, carbonazione corretta. Una DIPA aggressiva e di gran carattere.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark orange with a fluffy white head. Floral and earthy citrus and wood aroma. Tangy citrus, pineapple, caramel, light vanilla, and wood taste with a bright lively palate.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... murky burnt orange, light tan head, leaves a finger cap no lace... very strong aroma, alcohol, vanilla, a little wet dog, very wood finish, lots of malt, not bad but not right either... the taste is just boring, most of the flavors on the aroma are gone, just a super malty lightly wood tasting beer... meh
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Woodwork Series, Acasia
Date: August 20, 2011
Appearance: cloudy orange, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, oaky, spicy
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of hops, touch of spicyness, light bitterfinish
Name: Woodwork Series, Acasia
Date: August 27, 2011
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: cloudy rusty orange, creamy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, fruity sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of earthyness, touch of citrus, light essence of wood
Overall: adds more of a fruity character than thetypical vanilla or oak
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
hopscotch (8907) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is estery and leathery, presenting additional notes of raisin and dried plum. Medium-bodied and sand-papery with fizzy carbonation. Woody flavor. Also some vinous notes intermingling with moderately bitter tannins. Finishes bitter and Sahara-dry. Abrasively over-attenuated. Zero residual sugar, it seems. 11% abv? Definitely would not have guessed that. Drinks more like 4%. Bottle generously shared by landhoney!
50belair (2178) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Seth. Burnt orange pour with an off white head. Hoppy with bitter orange, butterscotch, and and caramel malt flavors.
erickok (3424) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 23, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden copper body again here with a tiny white head. Some more fruit this time around, plus the wood character and light yeast accompanied with dry leaves and grapes. Starts out quite harsh - even though there’s a light sweet contrast - and then evens out into a longer dry, leathery taste. Salty even. This one concludes my series tasting and (unfortunately?) the reference, non-aged version wins overall for me. It doesn’t hide the alcohol as well but adds a balanced and smoothing sweetness that’s lost in the woody characters.