Mrnoluv (216) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The smell is malty, hoppy, the look is a cool redish/brown, the taste is a sweet, scotch ale, with good hops and a bitter taste that lingers after the swallow. Good ABV on this on I had was the 2012, ages pretty damn good. Good beer!
williamstome (1350) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cloudy red-brown pour. Aroma is caramel and fruit, flavor is figs, nuts, toffee, oak, and alcohol. Complex. Impressive. On the other hand, not sure why this is classified as a double IPA... more of a Barleywine!
Bulk_Carrier (2716) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes.
There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose.
The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I’d be willing to have again.
beersighted (131) - - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After aging a few months, this oak aged imperial red has a bold cognac nose atop boozy wood undertones, moderate hop bitterness, and a distinct sweet crystal malt base. Cloudy, dark amber in color, it's medium body makes this big beer an easy drinker.
Daytonbeer (692) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brownish red with tan head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, malts, vanilla, and crisp hops that combine for a strange aroma similar to charcoal lighter fluid. Taste is the same with a burnt sugar and alcohol taste. Bold beer, but it didn’t quit work.
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz poured at Churchkey. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, slight nutty character. Flavor was dark fruits, some caramel, roasted coffee notes. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and enjoyable.
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of malt in this. Oak is there and I guess the aging kills the hops. Pours cloudy reddish with good head and lacing. Works to highlight malt. Thanks to GenDV138 for a taste of this at Churchkey.
GenDV138 (3367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounce draft pour at ChurchKey. Ruby/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, coffee, roast, toast, light coconut. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable.
Ferris (7692) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Oak, vanilla and caramel. Cloudy brown with a thin white head. Vanilla, oak and tons of caramel with even hints of chocolate.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- Wow. Tropical fruit, caramel, chocolate, BIG Oak, vanilla, and a touch of pine. Subtle Scotch. Very inviting.
Taste- Super sweet intro that morphs into flavors mentioned above. Complex and very well balanced. Booze isn’t hidden, but adds a rich caramel meets licorice flavor.
Overall- I am impressed. And a bit buzzed. 10.3% sneaks up on you. This is a wonderful beer. Super complex and incredibly balanced. Flavors all over the map. A hoppy, malty, Imperial Red Ale spiked with the luscious tastes, smells, and feel of a good Scotch. I really can’t say enough. I will definitely have again.