arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour. Wow citrus, honey, wood, light booze, fruit and some spice in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and spicy...citrus, wood, yeast. Good and really unique.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tropical fruit, grapefruit skins, citrus, honey notes as well. Melons and generic fruity notes as well as vanilla. Wonderful nose. Golden amber thin foam ring around the edges. Fruity flavors through the whole beer - lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits, chewy citrus skins, vanilla, honey, melons, some alcohol. Juicy fruit and alcohol finish. Nice carbonation. A pleasure to drink.
badgerben (4630) - 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.
after4ever (6734) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. thanks tyler! pours crystal clear medium amber, no head or lace. crazy nose of vinous tartness blended with grapefruit hop aromatics. creamy medium body, fairly still. tart and tangy wine grapes and grapefruit with a bit of toasty caramel underneath. mild, pleasant citric finish. very refreshing and drinkable.
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jw77 for sharing this one. Pours yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is malt, vinous fruit, depth, complexity, and some tartness. Flavor is similar with lots of fruit blending and vinous qualities. Interesting beer.
pantanap (3366) - 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.
kmweaver (3207) - 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.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz hand bottle, thanks Tom! Very clear and bright dark golden with a tight off white head. Very sharp and bright spruce, fruity resin. Apricot, white grapes, tender sweet spruce tips, citrus zest. The flavor isn’t quite as sweet and fruity as the nose. More of the spruce with bitter lemon zest and pine that almost as a citrus cleaner aroma like taste to it. A bit to bitter and abbrasive for me, but really enjoyed the nose. Thanks Tom for sharring all the cool Town Hall bottles!
MeadMe (1473) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ratebeer winter gathering care of JW77.
A: Pours an orangish hue with a nice tall white head. Okay retention with some lace.
S: Aromas of sweet yet acidic tropical fruit. Lightly woody with hints of caramel.
T: Very sweet tropical fruit. Hints of bitter acidic citrus as well. The wood is there along with hints of spice and candy sweetness.
M: On the fuller side of medium in body, bold, rich.