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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
snbcguy (1) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2013 does not count
Close your eyes and image you’re back in the old west, a friend says, "hey come on over and we’ll open up a keg o’ nails ... " well this beer, being aged in rye whiskey barrels is so smooth and mellow ... this is the ultimate old western beer. It is remarkable and unmatched.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
handlebar (18) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3971) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
750 c&c from the Sierra Nevada shop. Pours darkish ruddy copper with a creamy/foamy dark beige head. I’m getting pineapple notes with some rye, but not much in the way of bourbon. Med body or maybe a bit better. Flavor is amazing. The carb has to foam away, then there’s that pineapple note, followed by rye and oak, and finally some bourbon/vanilla. It’s rather spicy, and hoppy, and I’m getting a burn from something. I vote rye. Oak and bourbon are very low key in the finish. Hop and rye spice are the stronger flavors, but pineapple pops in and out.. Just a delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Rated on 9-14-2013 at Fort Wayne, IN RateBeer gathering (Corked and caged bottle) This beer, courtesy of patrick767, pours a small vanilla head that is mostly lasting, transparent amber body, very little carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is vanilla, citrus, sweet, fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is citrus, vanilla, bourbon, and some rye. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, a very good beer that is worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 21, 2015
750ml bottle from the brewery. Aromas of wood, bourbon and malt. Clear medium amber with a foamy white head. Boozy and bitter from the start although without the bite you’d expect from the aroma. Lots of bitterness in the middle with an earthy, woody quality. The bourbon really stands out and offsets the bitterness with a sweet alcoholic taste with a touch of vanilla. Lots of sweet molasses and bitterness in the finish. I fear that I held on to this one too long and it might have been even better a year ago, but it seems to have held up quite well regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap at the Isis in Asheville, this pours walnut into the glass, with a wispy head and light soap lace. The rye nose is grainy with hints of bourbon and wood. Nice pairing of bourbon woody flavors with the rye grain and caramel malt. Extremely well-integrated, the ABV is perfectly hidden in the woody rye finish. Smooth palate and full of flavor, its medium body goes down both refreshing and substantial. Great aged brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5688) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. it pours a similar color to the regular version. Golden orange, clear with an off white head. The aroma is strong with bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a bit of rye spicy maltiness that adds another dimension. The flavor is pretty strong with alcohol and more of the spicy wood, bourbon flavors. It seems to meld nicely with the hops and rye. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4117) - 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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