TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear dark amber with an orange tinted, beige head that settles to a skin. Nose is caramel, musty grapefruit, oak and bourbon. Thick and resiny with a tang but no carb. Maybe the heaviest DIPA iíve tried. Taste is an assault of bourbon and grapefruit syrup. Thereís a slight buttery respite between the alcohol and the hop clench but overall this is one aggressive brew. Ruination move over but too much for me.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from General_Gao--thank you Colin! Nosing the bottle just after popping the cap, sweet buttery vanilla and oak greet me, however it isnít boozy. Pours a clear copper red with a ring of beige head--doesnít even cover the surface of the beer after agitation, that thins out but never quite leaves. It is a boozy and alcoholic in the glass--still not overwhelming or anything--but definitely stronger than sniffing the bottle. Other aromas include sweet scorched caramel, raisins, resiny piny hops, and a little bit of roasted apples. There is also a definite woody dryness in the back end of the aroma. Yee ha--that is one hell of an alcoholic tongue-numbing bite up front in the flavor! Aside from that boozy burn, thereís some cherries, roasted apples again, pipe tobacco, plenty of caramel, a little bit of piny hops and a dry woody finish with bitterness around a 3-4. Full body with tingles of carbonation. At first I thought this was wrongly labeled as an American Strong, but with the lack of hops save for some bitterness in the finish, Iíd say this is in the right spot. Quite tasty if you like your BA beers to be strong--as it is, this needs some mellowing.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 edition. Cool brewing narrative. Pours thick and syrupy; vibrant volcanic red appearance with a very thin skin of off white. Aroma is full and rich; spicy honey, toffee, burnt coconut, alcohol, and roasted red peppers. Sweet, forward, and full of intriguing vegetal warmth. Bourbon bomb flavor, but a good bourbon; a healthy, rich smoky bourbon, not the tangy, tinny type to which brewers seem partial. The disintegration of malt and hop by barrel. Coconut, vanilla, and eggnog rum predominate throughout, while the sweet spiciness of roasted peppers and root vegetables lingers. Toasted sesame, burnt honey, black cherry, and vanilla tobacco. So much abrasive bourbon heat and resin and burly honeydew and caramel sweetness. Palate is full and sticky with soft carbonation; some acetone and grapefruit in a hot finish. Quite an intriguing, reckless experience, and one not as disjointed as it might seem to be. Thanks Derek!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Pours amber with a white head. Aroma, sweet vanilla notes, a light citrus character, and some caramel. Flavor, boozy caramel malts, vanilla, some citrus and lots of sweet brown sugary notes. The barrel is just a little over the top for me.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Derek for sending this my way. No head is formed on the hazy brown body. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and biscuits. Bourbon flavor is prominent, also sticky fruit, alcohol, some bitter hops, and toasted marshmallow. Each sip is different. Itís like Wonka made this beer. Very hot alcohol. Very sticky body. Very interesting.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle, thanks wickedpete) Small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, herbal, Bourbon, some alcohol, pine. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/herbal, caramel, Bourbon, some alcohol burn. Sticky full body. BW/ASA-ish, rather than I2PA.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange-amber color; thin light tan head with minimal retention. Tons of boozy, warming bourbon and piney bitterness in the aroma; tons of stuff going on here; a touch of dust; pleasant (slightly rough, sure) combination of uber-hoppiness and barrel aging. Full mouthfeel, showing tons of chewy, warm bourbon (good, layered bourbon) that couples quite well with the piney / earthy hoppiness underneath; again, what the hell is this?; loads of piney hops, citrus, and dried red fruits; flavorful and solid stuff. Tongue-numbing bitterness, pine, and warming bourbon in the finish.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of wickedpete. Dark amber body with tiny beige head that quickly disappears. The nose is bourbon, pine, grapefruit, sharp alcohol notes and toffee. The flavor is extremely boozy with lots of toffee, caramel, bourbon, raisins, resinous pine, grapefruit and coconut. Full, sticky and chewy body is moderately carbonated. Kind of a mess.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much thanks to hopdog for unleashing this high gravity beast...
Appears a dense crimson toned amber with a small, off white head that fades into a mild collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, vanilla, coconuts, tropical fruit, and oak. Not getting a ton of abv in the nose but itís burning my eyes when I hold it up to my face.
Taste mimics the aromas with some harsh rocket fuel in the flavors with molasses, and light citrus mixed with roasted nuts.
Mouthfeel is of harsh alcohol, vanilla, mangos, molasses, and heavy sugar. In need of age. Reminds me a bit of a young aged bourbon with notes of nuts.
I could only imagine how nicely this one would age.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best of the series for last. Better than part duex... but not a homerun. Pours a rich reddish amber with no head at all. Big hops with stronger oak than vanilla. Alcohol, but some caramel over toast. Dark malt character. Small cherry fruit. smooth viscous body. A little thick. Sweet dark malt over highly boozy bourbon flavors. Fruity cherry-like flavors persist. Small vanilla. Tannic. Sharp amarillo.