kbutler1 (1346) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a nice rich, copper color with a large foamy white head. The bourbon on this mixed with the hops throws off a "different" aroma that I am not that keen of right off the bat. It’s very different than anything I have had lately. Malty and sweet with bourbon overtones. Overall, a dissappointment in this series but worth a try.
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head and lacing. Aroma is a little floral and a lot bourbon. Cloudy dark orange. Bourbon dominates the taste, but the IPA comes out as it finishes. I like it, but I also like boozy!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jbeatty (949) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to chewey08rx, 03/24/2012. Pours murky orange brown with thin head, medium retention and nice lacing. The nose is mostly bourbon, dominating the IPA base- initially vanilla, toffee caramel, bourbon bite, followed secondarily by syrupy malt character, slightly fruity and citric, mild hop presence. Taste again is initially big bourbon notes, creamy vanilla caramel maltiness, boozy, with fruity, tingling hops coming out in the finish. Hops are more felt than tasted, and linger in the aftertaste. Lush mouthfeel, and despite the booziness, remains easy to drink. The barrel treatment, more so than any IPA characteristic, shines here and makes the beer worth having. Approach more as a barrel-aged strong ale or barleywine.
thome50 (892) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via kbutler1, thanks again Kevin! Pours a a medium brown with a faint tan head that is minimal to say the least. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon and malt. Taste is just off. The vanilla and bourbon overwhelm and I get no hops to speak of. I know it is a barrel aged DIPA which in and of itself means it isn’t fresh and the hops will fade but I didn’t find that the other elements of this beer made up for the variation in the style. Overall, a boozy mess that I just did not enjoy. Just taste like 4 year old DIPA with a 1oz of bourbon thrown in.
humlelala (882) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(sample at Papsø’s; courtesy of steasy66) Pours a clear amber with white head and lace. Aroma is oak. Taste is malty nuts and oak. Texture is oily, full body, medium carbonation and a warming finish. Too oaky for my taste.
Steasy66 (807) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Papsoe’s with the Danish crew.
Apricot colored, white head. Smells of spicy hops, bourbon. Taste is quite boozy, nice hop bitterness, some caramel. Overall very nice beer, think of it more as a American Barleywine than a DIPA.
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toffee and caramel aromas. Flavors of caramel, bourbon, oak, and hops. Very different than your standard imperial IPA. Yet another fine showing from TH.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was not expecting this to be as good as it was, WOW.
Dark orange color with huge amounts of bourbon and some very resiny hop notes. A little bit of toffee from the barrel. Taste was fantastic, sweet and dry with a pleasant barrel character. The hops really fall in with the whiskey barrel and make for an interesting mix. Definitely a stand out beer.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well, the finale of the new beers for Town Hall barrel-aged week, let’s hope it reaches Buffalo Bock territory. Pour is dark IPA, orange/yellow/something, more head than the other weekly brews. Smell is pure bourbon. Nadda else. Barrel Monkey was left out in the rain too long. First impression is of dead, old IPA that’s been laid into a barrel, but as it warms, the musty hops retreat in formation. Still, not much to this beer outside the barrel. Faint hops, underhanded sweetness to the malt, & Buffalo Trace. The barrel really saves this beer. Nicely mouthy, but the least drinkable of the series. Decent enough beer, but really, not my thing; if not for the BTrace, this might fall below average.
tokerace (2) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very different offering from Town Hall, and I think that was the point. Missed the mark for me. ALL bourbon on this guy, though I believe I had the last glass sold on tap for the weekend, so make of that what you will. Very faint hop presence. Looks like filtered toilet water after a bad night. Minimal head. Pretty smooth going down, however, I’ll agree that the Buffalo Trace is probably what saved this one from being a complete failure. Brewers, take note. DIPA and bourbon barrels are risky.