Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, vanilla wood and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet wood finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at rustico. Floral hop aroma. Notes of vanilla. Mild bitter finish. Nice.
GandGKevin (917) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops and wood aromas. Hops, wood and a slight vanilla tone flavor. Overall a very good IPA.
TheBeerGod (5177) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Called "Oaked Big Hoppy Monster". Label shows 2012 Vintage and 9.1% ABV. Copper pour with a short, tan head. Aroma is citrus notes, soft oak, sweet malt, caramel and faint floral hops. Taste is citrus fruit, spicy hops, oak, caramel, sweet malt, floral notes, and light tropical fruit. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, citrus notes, spicy hops, oak, sweet malt notes and tropical fruit.
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Clear deep red color with a strong tan top. Scent is caramel, wood and hops. Taste is rye, wood and caramel.
GTAEgeek (1162) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The pour is reddish-brown and cloudy. The aroma is resin, molasses, pine, vanilla, and a mild, musty note. The flavor is very bitter. The palate is heavy, grainy, and very astringent. Overall, this a strong, heavily oaked beer. Not as good a regular big hoppy monster.
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 inch thick head of beige bubbles. Very dense and creamy and reduces slowly. Somewhat subdued aroma with some caramel malts, a hint of tartness from the oak and fresh flowers. Color is a rich and dark mahagony brown. Lots of flavor to this brew and very smooth. Roasted grains, vanilla, toffee and some nuttiness which seems strange. Strong bitterness that comes on late with a noticable alcohol presence. My bottle says 9.1% abv. YIPEEEE!! Very smooth and easy drinking. Considerable maltiness that gives it great body and offsets some of the big bitterness. A top notch brew. Only wish I had bought more of them.
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a small head. Strong hoppy notes to this with some grassy tones and just a faint whiff of sweetness underneath. Taste is extremely well balanced - slight bitterness, but nice malt notes to it. I don’t get much of the barrel aging in taste or smell, so that was a little disappointing for me.
zizzybalubba (1387) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC (9.1% ABV). Pours reddish orange with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is equally assertive tangerine/piney hops and sweet malts with a finish of oak. Has as much in common with a barley wine as it does a DIPA. Tasty!
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This thing is so good, it makes me want to try the regular version again. Nose is loaded boldly with grassy hops equally balanced with woody bourbon. The flavor starts out sweet with dark maple syrup flavors quickly giving way to warm toffee and booze notes. Walks a fine line between a barrel aged ale and a hoppy IIPA/barleywine, and does it well.