metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle for 8.50. I got the last one so it must be my lucky day. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a white head. Aroma is malts with a slight citrus hop in there as well at the end. Taste is wood, floral hops and only slightly malty. Spicy on the end with no lingering bitterness. Very complex IPA. Medium body, average carbonation. I’ve never had an oak-aged beer before but this is a great IPA. Not 11% like the description suggests. My bottle says 9.5%.
charule (1048) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark amber orange with min head. Pleasant oaky citrus aroma. Light carbonation and bod. Bitter sweet light resin taste. I dig.
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a nice golden orange pour! Nice head that lingers. Aroma is fruity with some healthy hop backbone and some oak and wood in there as well. Taste is very rich and full bodied. Nice balance of hops with a hint of the oak barrel aging. Palate is strong and lingers with a warm finish rather than switching flavors many times. Absolutely delicious and a great twist on a double IPA!
jlruthven (542) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared. Pours dark amber, clear, with minimal white head. Nose is bitter oranges, a little vanilla, damp wood, touch of astringency. Slick mouthfeel, more earthy citrus, sweet. Oak and British hops are a nice combo. Pushes the boundaries of what constitutes an "IPA" taste. Interesting though.
marv3mania (182) - 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 (160) - 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 (3542) - Everett, 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 (520) - 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 (1277) - 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 (1145) - 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-