Hopswagger (179) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Brown body with creamy off white head.
S: Predominately oak and cardboard.
T/M: Heavy coffee creamer, figs coated with melted butter, apricots, honey and nice oak flavors. Dry finish in a syrupy body.
O: Not a huge difference in the original but develops a nice buttery oak taste.
Serving type: on-tap
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out loads of musty grape skins, grape juice, Belgian yeast and light white wine. Flavour is similarly complex, with grape skins upfront, quite a bit of vinous notes, and light grape juice. The barrel aging is really done well here. Wasn’t a huge fan of the 09.09.09 base beer, but the barrel aging has transformed this into something great.
michcam8 (262) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at daily growler. Took home, pours a merky amber color with little to no head. Some lacing left on glass. Aroma of malts, fruits, and booze. Taste is bitter, water downed, sour, malty, some clove and booze. Not bad, but for the price expecting more. Average overall!
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bread, grapes, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, biscuit and light grape with a crisp dry lingering oak finish.
luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz at Brouwer’s. Hazy gold, small off-white soapy head. Sweet, almost light tangy sour nose, I imagine it is the oak singing. Larger, rising sweet Belgian ale with some peppercorn. Big sweet, coating alc. Interesting.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange pour with a white head. Very sweet on the nose, sugar, banana, grape, and a hint of vanilla. Bread, caramel, and a little bit of toast, too. Tastes of caramel, sugar, grape, banana, and apple. A little bit of oak, a fair amount of vanilla, and a hint of yeast. Better than the regular, but not great.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange. Nose like a New Belgium Felix-based sour. Flavor kills that tartness, adds light oak and sweet citrus. Bubble gum finish.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap it has a hazy honey color in the glass. Aroma of booze up front then some wood and a touch of vanilla. The taste has some tartness almost like a white wine and then there is some oak which helps to balance everything out. Long finish.
arminjewell (5590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, hazy yellow-golden pour with white head, aroma has very nice notes of slight brown sugar, vanilla, oak, raisin, tannic notes as well, pretty nice. Taste is a nice mix of oak, vanilla, toffee, nice lemony notes from the oak, hints of earth, finishing fairly dry, tannic, slightly sweet. This is very nice tasting.
b3shine (4236) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a transparent brownish-orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; almost like a dry champagne. Tastes alright, but nothing special. Semi-sweet and doughy with a bit of the French oak. Average on the palate. Decent, but nothing special.