Barrel House Boss Cox Double Dark IPA

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
In the early 20th century, Cincinnati was presided over by the strong armed political power broker George "Boss" Cox. Holding court high above an Over-The-Rhine saloon, "Boss" Cox’s authoritative grip on the city could often be relaxed with a smoked sausage and a hearty brew. Our Double Dark IPA infuses a bold, delicious malty character with copious amounts of American and European hop bitterness. There’s a new boss in town. Malts: 2-row, Munich, Carapils, and Caramel ;Hops: Cluster, Cascade, Czech Saaz ;Color: Ruby ;Food Complement: Steak, prime rib, venison, spicy dishes

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Draft at Fries Cafe with Shigadeyo. Pours a murky amber with a tan head. Nice brown sugar and orangy hop aroma. Mouthfeel is very nice, not too fizzy and slightly earthy. This one is a lot more malty than hoppy, with flavors of maple, caramel, and dark fruit. The very pleasant hop bitterness adds notes of orange and grapefruit. This reminds me of an Old Ale. Very good beer that I would love to revisit or see in the bottle.

Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2010
Pours dark amber brown with a slightly tan head. Aroma is citrusy hops with a little bit of roasted and caramel malt. Flavor is nice citrusy hops with a nice caramel roasted malt backbone.

CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Picked this 22 oz. bottle up from Tower Liquors in Fuckhead, Georgia. Dark brown appearance with a ruby hue. Thin wispy head. Looks pretty good. I just rated the Hop Henge Experimental, this reminds me of that brew. Slightly sweet aroma, with what seems to me to be a "sugary" smell. There is a pine hop aroma that is starting to come through, but I really am not getting much of it. Alcohol aroma seems to be poking through as well. They made the beer so mother fucking balanced it seems that everything is canceling the other out! Leans more towards being sweet, the sense that I get a syrup sweetness from the malts, and the most pathetic touch of pine hop bitterness from the "hops" that were used. There is a hop presence at first, but after that I get nothing. Just a plain and boring beer, but for $2.50-$2.99 for 8.6 % ABV, Hurricane is getting a little-known competitor.

beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Cloudy orange/red pour with light thin tan head. Had high hopes for this but alas it comes off like a weaker less flavorful version of.....Hebrews Lennys RIPA. Actually it is so not even close to that great beer.

Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Thanks to my boy DaytonDave for bringing this over for a nice holiday get together. The beer pours with a nice visual appeal, dark and poofy. But my suspicions about a "double dark IPA" come to fruition as I take the first sniff ... the beer has a super-sweet smell. Indeed the beer drinks with an over-the-top sweet raisiny essence that isn’t at all like any IPA (let alone double dark) that I’ve (#3779, 12/30/2009)

TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
The Pour is deep mahogany, with a big bubble tan head. The aroma is strong. The fruity hops are readily noticable, with hints of apricot. The flavor is right in line with the aroma, the hops are big and fruity, not very piney which is what I had expected. The malts are heavy and sweet. the finish is long and satisfying. Very enjoyable beer.

phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle sample at a Barrel House tasting at Teller’s in Hyde Park. Pours a clear dark brown with reddish tints and a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, dark fruits, malts, nuts, wood, and booze. The flavor follows suit pretty well, with a nice hop bitterness and malt backbone complemented by citrus and darker fruits, mixed nuts, and some warming alcohol. Medium bodied, with a good mix of sweet and bitter. I couldn’t help but think of this as a kind of Imperial APA when I was drinking it, so I think the American Strong Ale classification is accurate. Very good, unique beer.

kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2009
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 4.0 (thanks alexsdad06). Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Nose is citrus hops on top of some strong grains and alcohol. Smells almost barleywinish. Tastes like i would imagine an Imperial Brown IPA would taste. Strong malt backbone with some chocolate, some well done biscuits, hazlenuts, hickory, orange, and grapefuit. Body is medium/full, carbonation is moderate to high. A bit warm and a little rough around the edges, but over-all a winner. With a little tweaking, i think they would have a world class beer here.

awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours muddy, hazy brown with light tan head. Sweet aroma with caramel and pleasant malt blended in. Taste is more of the nose with some very bitter hops and an overall bitter taste, very full and almost a little hard to get down. Something seems a little off here. The malts seem to balance the hops to the point that neither dominates, and with this being labeled a DIPA I expected to see a more dominant hop character. I see it is labeled an American Strong Ale on here, and that sounds a little more spot on with what I’m tasting. A slight hint of alcohol comes through too. This is pretty heavy and full, nothing I would call terrible, but I’d have a hard time getting another bomber down without sharing. Definitely not what you would call a DIPA, if that’s what you’re expecting.

b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Good india pale ale with okay flavor. Very hoppy with some malts. Easy to drink.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle. Amber off white huge head. Signs of oxidation, soapy hop character harsher pine, moth y malt bill and a grainy dry floral finish. Bitter earthy and full bodied. Eh.

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