jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle--my beer was bottled on March 20, 2012. Hazy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was rich in hops along with some malt. Loved it. Hoppy bitterness on the taste along with some wood, I guess. The hop bitterness followed through on the end. Produce place. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
bottle of 17th Anniversary. Deep golden with small head. Imperial IPA with wood aging. The wood does a nice job of muting the hops, though the effect is subtle. Might have been a bit better fresh, but it’s good as-is.
dojken (551) - SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2013
Aromen något diskret men smaken ligger fint i munnen väl balanserat sedan kommer en explosion av Pina colada därefter komer en fin beska. En konstig men rätt god öl. Pyrmir (6107) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. I will write a more extensive rating if I come across this brew again AirForceHops (7244) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. 17th Anniversary…. Huge mango and passion fruit nose with hints of wood. Taste is slight malt sweetness, caramel and earthy hops with a tiny hint of citrus in the end. Mango shows up again with peaches dipped in caramel. The oak is really comes out after it warms. Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is soft. The bitterness is only a hint without any trace of the ABV to be found except for a slight warming feeling as it travels down your throat. This was a really nice treat at the Brew Fest, absolutely high end.
kevinator (2238) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Another home run for GD. Well balanced aroma of floral hops, a slight sweetness and oak. I’ve had this a while and it aged well. Nice copper color with a small head. Carbonation was below average, which worked well. Great blend of flavors with bitterness up front followed by mild malt tones. This had an earthy feel with the oak finishing out the flavors. Full and almost creamy palate. Great beer. OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 17th Anniversary
A - Pours a clear amber copper. Great retention from the root beer foamed head. Average lacing.
S - Candied grapefruit flesh, canned pineapple, mango, wood, sweet vanilla
T - Big dose of rich caramel/toffee malt, maple, woody around the edges. The woody vanilla comes out more in the taste than the nose. Sweet tropical fruit in the background. Piney bitterness on the back end. Vanilla and wood on the finish.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied.
The malts really shine here. The hops are there to do there job but take a backseat to the Malt, vanilla, and wood.
Serving type: bottle
Bottled on March 21 2012.
22oz. served in a snifter.
A - Pours a garnet hued copper with a fluffy off-white head that very slowly melts. Nice lacing.
S - Herbal grassy hops, oaky alcohol, robust caramel malt, bready yeast, almost get notes of cinnamon, wood is very mild.
T - Hop oils attack up front, herbal, pine wood, grapefruit pith, the wood seems raw and creates a bold combination with the hops. Big sweet toffee malt works with the oak to create a smokey bourbon like flavor. Finishes with green whole cone hop bitterness that follows through.
M - Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, lush and sticky feel.
The wood combined with the hops creates a coarseness that scraps across the palate but works if you like it rough. There’s a cotton candy like flavor in here that you would find in a single malt scotch and works nicely. A robust and sweet maltiness comforts the palate and blends very well with the wood. Head over heels better than last years anniversary.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2012 dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2013
17th Anniversary on tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City. Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a thin head. The aroma is like a cedar closet with some bready malt. Very little hop aroma. On the palate it comes across like a delicious barley wine. The sweetness is toned down but there is a nice toffee caramel and toast profile. Pretty solid stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dfearnley (2147) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle to flute
Vanilla, bourbon, bready.
Slightly cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Taste is very malty, with, surprisingly subtle hoppiness. Great mouthfeel - oily and creamy with a pleasant alcohol bite at the end. Ferris (15482) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle 18th - Piney with some nice malt backbone. The wood is there although in the background, this bottle is 8 months old. Clear amber with a thick off white head. So very smooth and rich on the palate, with the ever so slightest alcohol warmth on the throat. Malts are forefront with the hops and bitterness coming in shortly after. More of a symphony of flavors all playing nicely rather than fighting. The oak really comes through with the malts adding a nice depth. Caramel, toffee a bit of alcohol are all there. Very nice.