kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz handbottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi!! Pours a slightly hazy, medium orange-brown color; fine-bubbled, off-white head with excellent lacing. Huge, huge, huge amounts of tropical fruit in the aroma: pineapple, passion fruits, and lime zest; gorgeous hop character on this one, along with some moderately sweet honey notes from the barrel; this citric acidity and tropical fruit presence is so intense it almost approximates a tartness; would love to check out the non-BA version of this beer; smells lovely: resiny, oily, dripping tree fruit. Medium-full body: relaxed carbonation (perhaps due to the handbottling) that actually works quite well here; following the aroma, there are just tons of tropical fruits here; lime, passion fruit, grapefruit, with plenty of citrusy acidity mixed in: oily, resiny, and pleasantly bitter for how much hop flavor is coming through on this; the honeyed sweetness becomes a bit much, and this doesn’t feel like the most carefully integrated of BA double IPAs, but that tropical fruit note is huge and welcome, and there’s no hint of alcohol coming through right now; reminds me of some of the barrel-aged concoctions from the Livery. Mouthwatering, hugely tropical, and very lively in the mouth. Lasting finish: the honey definitely comes out quite prominently here, along with the lime notes of the hops and a hint of warming, vinous alcohol; a crazy, delightful beer.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz sample from a growler. leaked a bit so probably not the most prime sampling but here goes.... pours a semi-transparen medium cinammon brown pour with only thin bubbles of a head.... aroma has quite a big ripe mango and tropical fruit component to it along with some honey sweetness. i love mango so this was quite welcoming.... flavors had a pronounced tropical fruitiness to it although the mango had fallen off a bit. generally pretty sweet with some of that honeywine coming into play, however curtailed by the citrus rind bitterness that cuts through on the backend and well through the finish. medium bodied and carbonation a little light due to leakage but still i’ve had many barrel-aged dipa that are so overly barreled that this one maintained quite a bit of its former self. givin it an extra point overall as without the leakage, this would have been a pinch better.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, courtesy 4.4-40. Wine barrel aged edition. The pour yields a lightly hazy, deep, dark, reddish-orange amber colored body. A small, foamy beige film sits at the head, circled by a solid, skinny ring at the edge. Frothy bubbles dry to scattered spots and flares of lacing. The aroma seems off from the start, showing a plasticy, solvent sort of overtone. Barrel funk seems unintentional and overly phenolic. Loads of weird fruit, along the lines of canned fruit cocktail, seem out of place, while caramel and sweet dessert bread lend further sweetness. Distinct notes of maraschino cherries, pears, peaches, and red grape are all detectable. The flavor is considerably more hoppy, showing notes of citrus, particularly bitter orange peel and grapefruit, that were entirely absent from the nose. Sweet vanilla from the barrel barrel seems overly sweet, however, and that strange, soapy, solvent, character returns. On the palate, a medium body sports moderate, fine carbonation, while the finish brings a papery, slightly drying feel. Bitterness intensifies on the finish more than at any other point. This is a strange one, and I’m afraid the intended result was definitely not achieved.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Holy shot of resiny hops on the nose! Reminds me of bow rosen...This is hazy orange with a large bubbled white head on top. Some citrus and some piney hops dominate the flavour. You can detect the honey, but it doesn’t really get sweet. Ends on a fairly bitter note. Eh.....
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Beer, Big Barrel Week. Murky orange color with a medium head. Fresh hop aroma, mostly orange and maybe mango. A little winey note as well. Strong flavor of marmalade and mango. High bitterness. Although I never had the regular Batch 1000, it strikes me that the wine barrel accentuates the fresh/vinous hop characteristic. Not bad, but not sure I love it either.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anniversary Week release, batch 1000 aged in honey wine barrels. Pours a hazy amber with thin white head, aroma is full of juicy hops. Taste up front is really piny, then leads into a great citrus blend that gets sweet in the middle because of the honey aging, and the bitterness still comes through in the end. The hops were a bit subdued due to the aging, but an amazing brew because the flavors all blended together well.
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on tap at Town Hall, special Anniversary Week release) Pours a very murky orange color with a thin white head. The aroma doesn’t indicate barrel aging initially, but there are some scents of light citrus (orange), strawberry, grass, and pine. Furthering warming does reveal a bit of the barrel, and the aroma turns more herbal and earthy. Everything here seems dull. Towards the end of drinking this it smells cheesy, which was unexpected. The flavor has some cut grass, caramel, strong grapefruit peel, resin, and just a brief split second hit of juicy hop character that doesn’t stick around long enough. The finish has an overpowering grapefruit peel bitterness coupled with wood, which leads to a very dry finish. Mouthfeel was full with smooth carbonation. An ok beer, but I think all the barrel did here was dull the aroma, kill the juicy hop character, and create an overly dry finish.