maekchu (1457) - 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.
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.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak
edgallow (1433) - 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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ansermadide (1407) - 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 itís 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).
jcos (1350) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on December 5th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, vanilla from the oak.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light pine, lots of caramel, faint vanilla.
Palate:Medium body, slightly slick, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: A tasty beer, but I think I might prefer the regular non-aged verison with more hop punch.
tcane7 (1330) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Khyber with Vin. Pours a deep brown with thick beige head. Nose is vanilla, oak, caramel and some piney hops. The oak and vanilla flavors really come through strong. Good hop bitterness but I donít pick up a lot of that flavor. Good beer but doesnít taste much like a DIPA.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít say that this was BETTER than the original Big Hoppy Monster. The only difference was the wood flavor upfront, and slightly in the aftertaste. The beer was dark brown. Taco Mac, in Decatur. I love big hoppy monster, and there is no way that I would rate this lower than the original, but I must say that I have to. The menu said this had 9% ABV, the liars. Again, I thnk this beer is decent, but it is not better than the original. Plus, the wood just added that wood flavor, it did not improve the beer, although the beer was still really good. I had a better experience with the original.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beernads. Deepest of mahogany/brown pour with sufficient head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry, bread/biscuit, candy syrup, oak tannins, and peppery alcohol. Sweet fruitiness with toasted malt and spicy alcohol with a pretty dry oaky finish. As it warms, even more oak character. Barleywine-esque qualities. A bit too much of the oak and booze, but still an enjoyable brew.
coolpop (1283) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured amber with a medium-sized, dense tan head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, malt, resinous hops. Flavor was very malty, lots of caramel, some toffee, pine, and citrus, and notes of oak and vanilla. Quite malty, moderately bitter, moderately sweet. Slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite good.