JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oaked aged almost anything works for me, Big Hoppy Monster did not disappoint. Big, full bodied 2XIPA, balanced between bitterness and oak, malt and booziness. This mahogany mash-up satisfied.
jbruner (2852) - 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.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 12oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a deep caramel hued consistency and topped with a small film of off-white head which reduces down to a thin filmy ring... Aroma of oxidized caramel malt which has little to no oak or hop influence which is one pet peeve of mine when it comes down to trading... Flavored are caramel and a light sense of wood. Doubtful of a fresh sample with a light woody texture but hops are gone to say the very least. Not a good sample.
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 isnít bad, just not impressive. I wont be looking for it again... there is a slight oaked flavor, nothing special.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish orange color. Nice hoppy flavor with an oaky finish. Smells like wood.
jeremytoni (3011) - 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.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours deep copper color with small head. Aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruit and booze. Taste follows. Slight oak but the sweetness very is what you taste. A little off balanced.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
picked up a 4 pack on a lark. I didnít even know they did an oaked hoppy monster. first thing is first. it pour just a gorgeous slightly opaque ruddish orange. dark red and sort of cloudy. it is pretty. I didnít get alot of awesome aroma, but i chalk that up to my glassware. i still use shaker pints at home. sorry iím not sorry. the taste shows the hops have maybe mellowed some. not sure when this was bottled, i figure the oaking process gives the hops a chances to recede a bit. I miss the assertive hops of the original. overall it is a pretty good oaked IPA type beer. I enjoyed it but i think all in all i had higher aspirations for this one.
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and dark fruit with some alcohol. Sweet caramel and oak flavor with some vanilla and pine hops. Slightly boozy. Medium to full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.
arkurzynski (1717) - Combined Locks, 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.