chicowv (446) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle aged 2 years: Pours a golden copper with a nice head and good lacing. Continued CO2 release throughout. Aroma is citrus and floarl hops with a caramal malt background. Taste is crisp, thick and malty, well balanced. Oak flavor is subtle and not overwhelming. Slight vanilla flavor; I assume when fresh the hop flavor would have been crisper wtih less malt in the balance. Palate was smooth and easy to drink, slightly bubbly. Very good overall.
savnac (2126) - 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 (678) - 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 itís 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 IBUís but itís more of a fruity, juicy bitterness and not a sharp, harsh bitterness. Alcohol warmth is present in both the aroma and flavor but itís not astringent. Lively carbonation, medium body; full and oily. Drank half of this with Dominoís bacon & pineapple pizza and it fit the bill just great. Nice stuff.
bigaddie (66) - - 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 (200) - 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 (3382) - The íSham, 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 (28) - 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 (844) - 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 (341) - 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 (1077) - 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 thatís followed with some drying bitterness and oak thatís 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 Iíd go out of my way to purchase again, but it is pretty tasty.