jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark gold with a small off-white head. Aromas of oak, citrus (grapefruit), caramel, vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor is a great mix of caramel and vanilla balanced with oak, citrus hops, light bourbon and light pine. Unusual but tasty mix of bourbon and hops in the finish. Great beer.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
22oz bomber pours a clear orange with small head. Apricot and fresh fruit aroma with slight wood aroma. Big bourbon oak vanilla taste with slight hop taste. The wood and bourbon really take over this beer. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
The aroma is bourbon, caramel, citrus. The appearance is red/gold, clear, white head. The flavor is bourbon up front, caramel, citrus-y hops. The bourbon buries most everything else. The finish is bourbon, pine, citrus. Medium in body. Maybe it’s just me, but IIPA’s really don’t lend themselves to barrel aging. Still, enjoyable enough. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
Pours a clear golden honey color with a medium white head...very bright and good lacing/retention. Aroma has candied fruit...apricot...and smooth bourbon and vanilla. Flavor has some candied fruit...nice peach and mango...with smooth bourbon but the sweetness is quickly dominated by oak and earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with an oaky peach/mango finish that dries and bitters significantly. Damn good! blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2013
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 Bottle poured a dark amber color with a white coating of head on the last glass of the bottle. This is one tasty barrel aged beast. Aroma has sweet barrel wood, vanilla, bright hops, and juicy bourbon. Mouth feel is medium and is thick and chewy. Flavor has lots of sweet barrel notes, vanilla, hops, and gets big and chewy.
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
750ml bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a crystal clear, bright amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, mango, pineapple hops, interesting. Medium on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, booze, bourbon, oak, some light hop bitterness, with a light boozy finish. Really like the aroma on this, but the flavor seems a little muddled. Overall, pretty decent. tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 A little hazy, golden pour and a white head. Really interesting aroma, most of double troubles pungent floral and tropical fruit hoppiness seems to be gone, the bitterness is mostly malt based and then you get to some of the barrel characteristics (prominent oak and vanilla aroma). Interesting taste, subtle piney hop notes there, bold barrel notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon, some caramel, boozy notes, and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Founders did a really good job, this is a fantastic beer that I enjoyed drinking. Tastes more like a barleywine or a strong ale than a DIPA. mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2013
Got one of the last ones! My local shop only got one case. Pours golden orange with a soapy head, spotty lacing. Aroma is lots of coconut and vanilla, sweet caramel and boozey bourbon,hop aroma is drowned out, but its still there, its just hard to find, slightly piney. Taste is much like the aroma,but with more hop presence, starts with notes of sweet caramel and vanilla, oak, then a wave of pine and grapefruit takes over and evens it out, the only thing I’m not liking is that in the finish something comes off as medicinal. Not bad, worth a try if you see it. kambei70 (1075) - - APR 26, 2013
2013 bomber to a snifter. Pours a clear apricot yellow. Aroma is tropical fruit and vanilla with an apparent sweetness and some biscuit. Taste is sweet up front with a strong alcohol taste in the middle with some hops bitterness and it ends with the bourbon barrel taste. Mouthfeel is creamy underneath the alcohol warmth.
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Pours a hazy apricot color with a finger of head and decent lacing. Aroma of vanilla and tropical fruit with biscuit malt. Taste of honey and citrus with the vanilla and quite a bit of alcohol apparent. Bitterness initially but that fades in aftertaste. Some oakiness and bourbon in finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Interesting beer but I'm not sure all the flavors meld completely.