dmac (4443) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle acquired via trade shared at Campground Brewdown. Poured an orange amber body with a full large foamy off white head. Aroma of wooden barrel, light whiskey/bourbon, sweet vanilla, cognac, toffee and molasses. Fuller body with slight heat towards the end, softer carbonation, chewy mouthfeel and a dry finish. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma with notes of grains, citrus rind, wood, whiskey and dark rum cake. Started off good but drops off.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy hoppy woody aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter woody flavor. Has a fruity woody hoppy bitter finish.
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Thanks to the Nielsen Bros for this one. Barrel Aged IPA? Thanks, Obama. Amber pour with a small white head. Caramel malts, lots of vanilla, and a stale, oxidized citrus and floral hop note. Some dusty potpurri, celery, and booze. Goopy caramel and vanilla extract flavors. Tons of barrel. Gross, old hops. Some booze, dirt, and potpurri. Scroll past.
Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have growling and strong aversion to spirit barrel aged beers but confusingly have something of an affinity for some barrel aged IPAs, which look to be the worst idea in the world on paper. This one is orange and cloudy w/ a mixed-bubbled head that leaves behind a bit of lace. It is creamy but nopt too terribly sweet. It has mild carbonation and a nice oaken vanilla character. It is maybe a little bit hot and finishes w/ some lingering sweetness. The combination of hops and barrel aging always reminds me somewhat of oranges and cream and that is pretty tasty to me. This one isn’t the best of the style but it does pretty well for itself.
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is a ton of pine and maltiness with some cherry and fruit roll up to it. Taste is very sweet with some alcohol warming. All make focused at this point with just some bitterness hops.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4720-20120818] Bottle. Sour yeast herbal straw aroma. Hazy, amber orange body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel malt flavour has a long sweet roasted malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/8-3/15) 3.6
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A boozy, uber-sweet and woody amber ale. A few sips, no more.
How: Bottle shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a very small off-white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is stale, muted sweet-related esters and a smell of a hard-liquor of some kind (not specifically bourbon). Taste is upfront very sweet, rather boozy too, grainy, candies, a shot of woody hard-liquor, muted tired hops. I know bourbon barrel aging an IPA was a bad idea but because this is a Town Hall beer I was hoping I could be pleasantly surprised, I wasn’t. The original IIPA is gone and we are left with a brutal sweet boozy malt beverage of some kind. This was very hard to drink, I can’t imagine myself going through a full bottle of this. Aging an IPA in barrels is just a bad idea, people who like that kind of beers are probably the same weirdos who open an egg carton and take an egg from the middle, really, what kind of sick freak does that?
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 0.75 L bottle @Papsoe’s. Hazy orangey gold. Low blond head. Initial aroma is boozy and yeasty, offset by some fine fruit and caramel notes. Hot and creamy in the mouth. Sweet-flavored and caramelly, with strong barrel notes and potent fruity bitterness underneath. Not very IPA-ish, yet a very nice and tasty beverage.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to drabmuh for this one. Served in a Town Hall anniversary tulip. Pours a moderate caramel color with a short head. Nose has whiskey and some barley wine character. Light caramel and moderate bitterness. Dry. Touch of booze.
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a hazy amber body with thin white lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, light booze and other than that straightforward. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of fruity caramel malts, light spice and alcohol. Overall, a bit boozy and pretty plain.