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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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This past winter, we siphoned some of our spicy and rugged seasonal IPA into bourbon barrels. Before sealing them for a nearly three-month hibernation, we dosed the vessels with whole-cone Comet and East Kent Golding hops-a nod to how traditional IPAs were prepped for sea voyages. The explosive aroma seesaws between tropical fruit and vanilla, and an overall sweetness tames the barrels’ kick, which holds the remnant spice of rye.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Pours a cloudy, darkened burnt orange with a thin cream colored head. Bourbon is the most prevalent aroma with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, tobacco, grapefruit and coconut. Medium-heavy bitter taste with nuances of sweetness on the finish. Bourbon and broadleaf tobacco are strong on the palate. Typical IPA characteristics are evident....resinous pine sap, semi-sweet malty backbone, caramel, pineapple and mango. The flavor is very akin to that of a dark rum. The spicy punch of the rye is masked...almost too effectively by the bourbon infusion but some peppery hints still reside. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth brew that sweetens as it warms, with a lingering, bitter finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle shared while staying with a friend near Sacramento. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light citrus and floral notes. Tastes of light bourbon, oak, vanilla, citrus, pine, rye. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Probably better fresh but it hasn’t aged terribly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4218) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
Draft at Stone Oakquinox 2014. Murky amber pour, with an off white head. Bread, vanilla sweetness, oak, notes of fruit and pine, bourbon, and some spicy rye. Pretty tasty. Glad to have tried it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle shared at The Bruery - thanks! Pours clear, amber-gold with a creamy, white cap. The nose holds tangy berries, wood, leaves, honey and toffee. Medium sweet flavor, lightly oxidised, with dry wood and toffee, dry orange. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth on the finish with more dry woodiness, toasty toffee, leafy bitterness. Fair.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phildonk (5) - - JAN 29, 2014 does not count
This is a awesome beer. Too bad it isn't more readily available. Very smooth!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
tap at the Chico brewpub Aug 2013, 55 IBUs - This brew has an inviting aroma led by bourbon and vanilla. The flavor starts with good, bourbony, vanilla sweetness and leads into ample hops bitterness that combines with the vanilla to linger pleasantly in the finish. It’s full bodied and extremely enjoyable, easily my favorite of the beers I had on tap at the brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle @ The Bruery. Copper pour with an off-white head. Orange peel, booze, and bourbon. Some nice vanilla, toast, and caramel. Quite heavy on the oak. Sweet flavor of bourbon and caramel. Very oak and vanilla forward. Toasted malt, hints of peach, and a light pine bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light bourbon. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light malt and light bourbon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
handlebar (11) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle - Pours a dark amber, with substantial head and good lacing. Great interplay between the rye malt and the hops, which don’t get lost in the beer. Will be fun to open another bottle in 6 months and see how it develops...

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Hazy dark red-brown, tons of white lace. Over-carbonated. Aroma is off putting; earthy/woody in a bad way. Taste is blah with bourbon-rye malts dominating. Pass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Amber color out of the bottle with a thin off white head. Big fresh hop nose with grapefruit and barrel notes. This is a nice balance for a hoppy barrel aged beer. Flavors of oak, wood, citrus, grapefruit and bourbon. Rich grainy flavor with lots of hop, enhanced by the barrel aging. This may be my favorite barrel aged IPA.


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