marv3mania (155) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I sampled this at a beer tasting. It looks like a typical IPA, and it has pale ale aroma and flavor. However, the vanilla from the oak aging is also present in the aroma and flavor. Personally, I find that oak aging takes away from the quality of an IPA.
zsb19 (152) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful copper orange with medium bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet malty with slight floral fruity notes. Taste is bitter hops with a touch of acidity. The oak shows up in the follow through along with a touch of bready malt. Oak lingers along with some bitter piney hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is straightforward and nothing surprising. Malt comes through a little more as this one warms a bit. Overall nice balance and feels just a tad more hop forward than regular Unearthly. Oak is fairly slight but adds some good depth. No heat or bite, just smooth woody touch.
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is really intriguing... you get a hefty amount of the hops up front, but oakiness coming through that unexpectedly pairs well with the hops. Taste is actually a tad sweet (it’s 3 months old, so the hop character might be lost), but still decently balanced. I do get a nice kick from the hops, so there’s bitterness too, but slightly sweet up front. Pretty smooth, I think.
RespertFTW (460) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Wood influence is noticeable. A very hop centric taste. Refreshing to taste. Decent palate.
Mittenator (1049) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Caramel with a tan head. Caramel, hops and lots of wood. Really good.
mikedR (869) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 This is my second barrel-aged DIPA, and whoever first thought of the idea -- taking a beer normally intended to be fresh and aging on wood instead -- is genius. This guy doesnâ€™t disappoint. Clear copper pour with a surprisingly malty nose. The aging imparts a nice smokiness and perhaps even bourboniness (new word) to the flavor, and dulls the hoppy bitterness enough to let the malt come through to result in a beer thatâ€™s still bitter, but balanced. Only downside is that itâ€™s just a tad too boozy, but a minor quibble, that. Nevertheless, recommended! A-
superspak (2121) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/8/2013. Pours fairly clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, grass, oak, light clove, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with moderate oak presence and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, caramel, pine, toffee, toast, floral, grass, oak, light clove, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, toast, oak, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors with moderate oak presence; with a sizable malt backbone that does not over take the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic oak aged DIPA. Great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors with moderate oak presence; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 9.5%. A highly enjoyable offering.
odinstyr (521) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber with a small cream head. Smells of oak, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter - oaky vanilla, grapefruit, piney resin, caramel, a hint of spices.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22ounce bomber thanks to Jason. The aroma is caramel malts, hop resin. The flavor is soft vanilla notes, caramel maltiness, resin, pine, floral, fruity. I enjoy the oak aging of this beer.
TimsRatings (344) - - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at World of Beer (Raleigh)
Clear amber with light head. Very nice merging of oak and hop flavored. The oak tempers the harshness of the hops. Even so, my tongue wants to curl from the underlying hoppiness.
Not bad... If hoppy beers scare you, this might work for you.
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