trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tasted at SIBF 2013. Ruddy, hazy orange. Smells exactly how you’d think it would -- it’s DB with oak. Like a double IPA with a bunch of extra malt thrown in, and bumped up a notch with the wood. Oak comes through more in the flavor than in the aroma -- it’s got just the right amount. Biggest note: vanilla. Could be from the oak, but it really tastes like there were vanilla beans actually in the brew. A little hot, but not too much so. Really liked this one a lot. rxeight (3080) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft at three floyds pub. This is all oak. Nothing but wood. Reminded me more of a oak aged ipa. One dimentional and too much oak. BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2013
2013 Portland International BeerFest. Can definitely find the oak in this already outstanding brew. Strong alcohol burn at the end. Tasty. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Tap @ PIB... Poured deep reddish with a thin head. Nose had big time oak presence. Quite woody with a decent amount of malt sweetness and some booze. Thick mouthfeel, complex with yeast esters stone fruit characters. Toasted, charred grains, with oak and caramel or toffee too. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Draft at Stone Bistro. This was the dark toasted oak variety. Clear reddish copper pour, with a small caramel colored head. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, mild fruit, nice oak flavor, a bit of vanilla, and some bittering hops. Enjoyable.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2008 Total Score: 4.2
2006 french oak barrel aged at the 08 double bastard release (on tap). Pours like the standard double bastard. The barrel aging really did good on this. The hops and malts are really working well together. Sweet caramel, bread, vanilla, oak, bitter hops, and something that reminds me of honey. mmmmm good.
Draft at blue monk. Cherry wood colored pour. A thing o beauty. Oaky aroma with rich maltiness. Big woody flavor, rich malts. Wood dominated. Boozy, bitter finish along with sweet malts. Oak lingers on Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at Blue monk. Amber pour with a yellow creme head that is pretty thick. Aroma is nice and sweet with some smoke and dark caramel/brown sugar. Big vanilla front with a Smokey oaked body and a bitter grapefruit hoppy finish. Nice and smooth, medium low carbonation. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2013
Draft. Clear copper body with medium beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, grapefruit, caramel, some vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some oak, alcohol warming. Soft medium-full body, some resin. NeuroPliny (247) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Poured from a growler filled at Stone brewery in Escondido. Pours clear reddish-brown. Large off-white head that lingers. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, ripe fruit, heavy malt, and hops. And yes, I do think there is toasted oak there! Flavour is a wonderful balance between IPA-like hops and "toasted oak" sweetness with hints of burnt sugar and butter. The finish is long with nice hops rising out of the sweetness. Overall a fascinating beer that is gold for beer nerds. neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Growler from the brewery in Escondido, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a large beige head that remains and laces well. The nose has a huge kick of toasted oak, along with caramel, dark fruit, resin and pine. The flavour is balanced between resinous hops and a moderate sweetness with brown sugar, toasted oak, popcorn and earth. The finish is long and toasty with resinous hops. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great American strong with the intense hopping of the original paired with elegant toasted oak notes. A definite improvement on an already great brew! 2013-03-22