zizzybalubba (1591) - 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!
Itzjerm (1590) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is boozy. Appearance thin head. Taste is sweet, not balanced... and not hoppy. Palate is okay. Dont get me wrong, this isn’t bad, just not impressive. I wont be looking for it again... there is a slight oaked flavor, nothing special.
strongpieman (1582) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear copper beer with a thick head. Bourbon oaky taste with hjnts on the aroma. Medium palate Good, unique taste
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This smooth IPA has a dark orange color, almost amber in hue, with thin (dense) off-white head. It actually looks like it’s aged. The aroma is very soft, grainy (as in wood grain) with a slight wood sourness. The flavor is totally not what I expected. It definitely tastes aged, or at least barrel-fermented. It tastes just like an aged, oaked imperial IPA. Nice, almost dull (i.e. in an aged way that still tastes classy).
Beerathon (1491) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely interesting brew. The malt backbone almost seems like it is at the forefront. The hops are tantilizing. The mix of vanilla with an Imperial Red is truly unique and leaves a lingering taste that is unmatched and for that this beer gets kudos.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Hints of oak and vanilla, but still dominated by hops.
Flavor:Oak and vanilla mute the hop contribution slightly, but hops are still present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Just the right amount of oak to contribute rather than detract.
Emeister84 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of grapes, caramel, resin, honey, and citrus fruit. Hazy, dark orange with a minimal, off-white head. Slightly sweet, strong, and bitter, with some cherry flavors, and hints of cocoa. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and finishes with fruity flavors, booze, and hop bitterness.
lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Vintage: 2012. A murky reddish brown pour with a smallish khaki head. The aroma features lots of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, pine, citrus fruits, and zesty rinds. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy, and sticky on the way down. Lots of sweet caramel upfront in the taste. There is a sizable oak presence in the middle with lots of vanilla extract, toffee, dates, and touches of molasses. Doughy. Some charred woodsiness towards the end. A fair amount of citrus in the dry finish. Plenty of alcohol warmth and boozy qualities throughout. Quality stuff, but not quite my cup of tea.
drsordr (1426) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour cloudy amber with brown hues. Nose mostly malty barleywine. Taste some initial tannin from the wood, then bitterness and sweet malt. Seems that the hops only add bitterness, no aroma or flavor.
GTAEgeek (1401) - 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.