chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic half pint glass.
Pours deep golden with amber and orange hues. One finger head which slowly reduces to a thin foam ring. No lacing. Tropical fruit dominates by pineapple on the nose. Opens with pineapple and hint of mango and papaya, joined by sweet caramel malt. Finishes with some grapefruit rind bitterness, a very mild accent of oak, and some phenol alcohol. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, oily and sticky. Heavier Handed is a decent enough brew, but it seems the heavy malt bill overwhelms the contributions of the wet hops leading to a brew that is a bit unbalanced and overly sweet. Heavy Handed never seems to disappoint, but this double version aged in french oak isnít as impressive.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of strong wood notes, herbal, peppery hops, faint vanilla. The taste is toffee, vanila, oak, bitter herbal and citrus hops. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Very nicely done.
jmohno (965) - Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to snifter. Clear copper,ok head/lacing.
Honey off the bat aroma.Dank,resin,pine,mild fruit-floral and very spicey nobel like spice.Pretty well-rounded and nice aroma overall.
Good mouthfeel,hoppy, first sip remined me of Hopslam.There is base taste of honey(from the oak,maybe?) carmel malt candiedness, piney with mildly grassyness,mild herbal and aclassic double ipa strength taste of hinding alcohol with hop flavor,dries up good in the finish.NOt too bitter really but more of a hoppy spice kick to it. Its more of a drying like bitter. I definatly like this better than the Heavy handed which Im not a fan of.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright golden color, scant bright white head. Aroma of fresh grass and flowers, very nice. Taste is bitter pine and citrus, well balanced.
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty smooth with a long lasting, but mild aftertaste. Fresh taste and aroma, Overall a pretty good beer
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear reddish amber with a fair off-white head and some lacing. Smell is not strong. Aroma mixes citrus and piney hops, caramel malts and some oak. Taste is sweet without much of a finish. Body is medium, but with a bit more carbonation than I like. This is not at all the big beer I was expecting from the name and style. I would have preferred a plain old outrageous hop bomb to this curious concoction.
DrSilverworm (4009) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared. Clear - amber - reddish color. Thin off-white head, leaves good lace. Smooth, lighter carbonation, kind of a creamy texture, bigger body, dry finish, good long hoppy aftertaste. Nice fresh, fruity hop flavor. Great balance of oak, itís not overdone. Only a bit of sweet, balanced well with the bitter. Nice light bitter zesty taste. Only a hint of warmth. Very nice, especially for an oak IPA. better than I was expecting.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle to snifter. Pours bright clear amber orange with a tight soapy foamy white head that settles to a wispy film and foamy collar. Aroma has scents of wood Champagne and resinous hops and gentle sugar malt. Taste has more Champagne woodiness and bitter earthy citrus hops along with caramel sugar malt and gentle spice. Palate is full and slick with a sticky drying finish. This is not the way I remember this, but at the same time its been a few years since that happened! I found this very interesting in a very fun enjoyable way!
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bonus fro. ChiTownPackFan...thanks Will. Pours a perfect clear copper. Aroma is nice fresh hops. Flavor is fresh hops, nice and sticky. Very.solid.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak and grass aroma. Light mouth, grapefruit, oak aging not as noticeable. Not overly heavy for a DIPA.