bigirishphan (106) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with awesome lacing from a small white head. Oak on the nose with a tad of hops. Liked the sweetness and oakiness. The taste lingered a bit.good brew with some body.
rdixon77 (2014) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet and vanilla DIPA (almost no bitterness). It was fine stuff, beautiful golden pour with a minuscule head. Aroma of vanilla and hops. Surprised by the big sweetness and lack of bittering hops. Pretty sticky mouthfeel, but still went down nice. Good stuff indeed.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a modest white head that lasts a while and leaves some lovely lacing on the glass. Aroma is light caramel malts and oak with some citrus and earthy notes. Taste is bold citrus and earthy hop bitterness balanced nicely with a malty sweet backbone and underlying oak. Medium to heavy body and adequate carbonation leave a nice sensation on the palate. The high ABV is well hidden and flavors are much better than I can describe. This is an outstanding DIPA.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oak aging can work, but it didn't here. Pours brownish amber with no head. Strong vanilla and oak nose. Taste follows with very little hop flavor. Oakiness just overpowers everything. A mild almost otherwise flavorless brew. Very sweet and almost no bitterness. Not impressed.
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joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, I’ve had this a few times now, reserving a review to try and get the freshest example (being several thousand miles away from where it’s brewed) possible. I’ve decided that this is way too crystal malt heavy for me. The aroma is very heavy with caramel, toffee, with some welcome notes of pine and oak. The flavor is again laden with caramel, toffee and hints of oak. Very sweet an alcoholic. It definitely has an interesting twist with the oak, but this really isn’t my kind of thing. Just Ok.
callmemickey (4144) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange body, large white head, decent lacing. Nose is boozy, resinous, and oaky. Not particularly inviting. Flavor is a bit disjointed as the strong presence of oak, combined with a hop profile that is more bitter than flavorful, undermines this beer. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, a bit astringent. Not my thing.
Quack-Duck (9079) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Bierkompass. Hazy/cloudy orangey brownish colour, small, but very persistent and creamy off-white head. Aroma of resiny hops. Full-bodied, solid malty base with a fruity background and lots of resiny and citrusy hops with a shy dusty-woody character.
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a medium amber with a off white head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel malt with hints of resin and citrus hops and a touch of bubblegum. Taste is amazing. Sweet malts surrounded by the oak and fruity hops. Awesome balance between the sweet malts and slightly bitter hops. Tons of both. Sweet, vanilla and alcoholy finish.
reed120 (3) - - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass pint. Dark/burnt orange, like a light brown leather. Smells sweet and of high alcohol. Is sweet and of high alcohol. Can really taste what I’m assuming are bourbon barrels. Hops too, kinda lingering and morphing, though always hoppy, in the background while the sweet oaky flavor saunters down your palate. I wanna say sticky.
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear, deep amber with thin, frothy off-white head; short retention and some lacing. Aroma is toasted and cookie malts, floral hops, oak, pears, pine, caramel, and light spice. Flavor is sweet malts and floral hops (medium bitterness) with light fruit esters and some oak; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.