icehawk (618) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, sweet aroma of vanilla and a tinge of alcohol. Sweet floral taste with a very slight earthy bitterness. Lively carbonation, syrupy body, with a finish highlighted by alcohol and vanilla/oak. Exhibits sweet characteristics bordering on that of a barley wine.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Plan B, Springfield, 19/05/13.
Clear golden with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and leaves a film.
Nose is caramel, hops, pine, bitter orange, grapefruit, mineral notes.
Taste comprises juicy hops, pine resin, sticky grapefruit, light sugars, wood notes from the oak evident.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, the booze is well integrated.
Good to catch up on a rate for this one having splashed some $20 to tick it in a bottle in London a few years back ! Would revisit no qualms - good stuff !
adeezhop (36) - port jeff sta, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourban Oakey taste is evident ! I would definitely say that the oak subdued the hops here. There are good sweet flavors I do think it is complex and it does warm the stomach a bit. Although I could not drink this everyday I do find it enjoyable for a change from my regular dipas and ipas. Southern Tier shows off some of their skills here definitely worth a try !
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice ... oak aging strips the aggressiveness of the IIPA but leaves all of the citrusy goodness with a caramel malt booziness.
jmohno (968) - Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is copper,frothy head,some lace.
Aroma is ripe fruit,sweet caramel maybe vannilla,alcohol,possibly yeast or breadiness.Almost a bit of plastic also,medicinal-cough sryup maybe. A little unimpressive and is only a month from bottleing date also.
Taste is malty caramel,a strong kind of piney taste which seems more like a pine bitter flavor with some ripe fruit,all the way through to the end, slickish fairly smooth,has a bit of bourbon flavor with some slight boozie alcohol at the end. But not very complex or anything. An ok double ipa.
camborne (594) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oaky and dark fruit nose. Similar taste but add some tropical fruit and vanilla. Really tasty beer
Guerde (1115) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bomber) Pours a clear dark gold color with a medium sized off-white head which sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is a nice assortment of scents, most notably pineapple, guava, cinnamon (Chinook), vanilla (from the oak), ambrosia salad, red hots candy, and orange marmalade. Sliver of grapefruit in there as well. Warming brings an edge of dill. Interesting enough that I smelled this for a good 5 minutes prior to taking a drink. Once getting around to drinking, the flavor includes a healthy dose of guava, caramel, orange, candied almonds, vanilla, and wood. The finish is signaled by a large hit of booze heat that’s followed with some drying bitterness and oak that’s faintly reminiscent of a cream soda. Could do without the heat, but the cream soda flavor is kind of neat. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is appropriate. This is not a beer I’d go out of my way to purchase again, but it is pretty tasty.
Rrauth (917) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Awesome. Think its better than burton. Nice oak bite. Love it. Very tasty.
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Miked1687 (477) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a fluted snifter. Dark amber appearance with a medium white head that laces a bit. Smells sweet from the oak and malt with a hoppy back bone. Taste is huge citrusy hops followed by a sweet caramel finish. Some oak in the back finish. oak definitely mellowed this beer out in a good way.
Jrwhitney6 (201) - - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very attractive amber / bourbon color. Nose reveals complexity: smelled like a faint bourbon, oak, and some raisins - you can tell this is not an "easy drinking" beer. Taste follows the nose - definitely some bourbon notes, with bitter hops and oak. Good - but not an every day kind of beer.
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