jbruner (3043) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent copper color from the bottle with thin off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla from the oak, no real hops. Taste is the caramel up front, fruit and slight vanillas in the middle, bit of floral hops on the end. Decent, but not a hoppy monster, and I would have used American oak for a bigger presence.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bocktown. Nice IIPA although this beer stretches the boundaries of that term. Strong vanilla, oak and alcohol aroma. Near perfect. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with amber hues and a slight light brown head. Taste was delicious if not a little thin. Strong oak and vanilla overpower the original beer with just a hint of hops in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation. Nice beer, but the oak is a little too strong.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
jrob21 (2972) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The oak aging here really chills teh hips and makes this a much different (and more subtle) beer. Hint of vanilla in teh back of the palate and some nice red fruit up front. I may be biased towards the local guys on this one but I really enjoyed this one.
edgallow (2966) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, oak and pine. Taste is the oak, caramel malts and a hint of resin.
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Bulk_Carrier (2889) - 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.
dchmela (2854) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12oz bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a thin off white head. Citrus hops and oak vanilla notes in aroma. Big malt body with a smooth vanilla oak taste. Oak cuts the big citrus hop bite and gives this a real nice big body, easy drinking smoothness. Damn nice brew.
maekchu (2836) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very hop-heavy nose, with some good oak notes. Strange sourish fruit and barrel mix. Some fish paste, too. Medium body, lots of carb bite. kay. A bit harsh. Lots of flavor and mild barrel. But, overall, not quite satisfactory.
pineypower (2792) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out an attractive deep ruby color with a small tan head. Aroma is of earthy wood chips, oak, caramel, citrus hops, and some pine, with light sticky malts and some vanilla. Taste is complex, with a full bodied mouthfeel. Malty caramel, oak, citrus hops, sticky alcohol, lots of wood and some warming on the end. Well done.
Gription79 (2691) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a big beer, drinks like a barley wine. Vanilla, resiny, hint of tartness, caramel. Tasty beer, a bit to rich for my preference.