superspak (2543) - 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 (559) - 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 (2248) - 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 (415) - - 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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savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Clear copper with an off white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, caramel, biscuit and some vanilla/oak. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, fairly strong hop bitterness and some warming alcohol and oak. Medium body with a sticky feel. Really nice beer, lots of malt, hops and oak.
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv, Andersons, $8.99. Pour is almost textbook; full-bodied amber with a white almost-rocky head that verges on fizzy and dissipates into a thin ring and very slight covering. Aroma predominantly caramel, pine, and orange; oak is not apparent in the aroma. Flavor exhibits the oak much more clearly but it’s still fairly subdued and not in-your-face; it comes out more in the finish which is interesting given how bitter this beer is; feels like a lot of IBU’s but it’s more of a fruity, juicy bitterness and not a sharp, harsh bitterness. Alcohol warmth is present in both the aroma and flavor but it’s not astringent. Lively carbonation, medium body; full and oily. Drank half of this with Domino’s bacon & pineapple pizza and it fit the bill just great. Nice stuff.
bigaddie (75) - - JUN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavily oaked man, this aroma is all oak. After the excitement ends, you get a grassy finish to the aroma. Also quite a bit of papaya aromas but it's all kinda masked.
It has a beautiful look. Clear but darker thanks to the oak. A bit of a head with little lacing. Pretty decent for a barrel aged beer.
Oaky and boozy notes fill the front of the palate with a bit of bitterness too in the front. I'm not sure if I love the booziness and oakiness of the beer. It's pretty decent but I'm NOT WOWED.
Overall - good beer. Warms your body, probably pretty high ABV.
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icehawk (834) - 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 (8155) - 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 (42) - 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 !