SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
18th anniversary Bottle from Sprout’s Eastlake: Appeared as a dark dense golden honey with a fluffy cotton foam head up top. The nose is dominated by bread and whole wheat fragrances with no apparent aroma of the wood aging yet somehow the wood aging must have mellowed out and practically hides any trace of them. It isn’t until my first sip am I reminded that this is a Imperial IPA style because the hops in this beer deliver an immediate dosage of bitter hops while a secure backbone of malts holds this heavy hitting beer up. I say its heavy hitting because the alcohol is apparent but it can’t compare to the bold smoky flavor left behind that might be overly wood aged—IMO.
17th anniversary Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dense golden liquid with a thin layer of foam head. As for the aroma, there was a slight hint of wood from the barrel-aging process with subtle notes of earthy hops. The flavor is subtle with the earthy bitter hops being smoothly refined by the wood barrel which has morphed this double IPA into a complex and sweet malty beer that suggests orange peel and honey.
A: 7 a: 3 f: 8 p: 4 o: 15
Ed5388 (3486) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
22oz bottle courtesy of my wife. 18th anniversary bottle. Pours a hazy copper with half finger white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, pine, and oak. Taste is caramel, toffee, dry oak, grapefruit, mandarin, and some brown sugar and vanilla. Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
22oz bomber, 18th Anniversary, bottled on March 21, 2012. Pours a slightly opaque amber close to a caramel apple. Virtually no head. Aroma is pretty mellow, perhaps because of a year in the cellar. Taste is mellow and very even, no hot spots at all. Both the taste and aroma have subtle vanilla notes, with a nice hop finish. This beer aged very well. Spectacular. HopheadJT (3) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2013 does not count
Subtle oak aroma but overwhelmed by earthy citrus hops. Cloudy copper color with big yeast chunks covered with a thick white foam. Bold hop bitterness with a full body. Long lasting bitterness but delicious. Jimmythespoon (469) - - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle of the 17anniversary aged in cellar fridge. Pours a dark copper, malty aroma followed by the alcohol. Very good full bodied beer.
fejez (46) - ITALY - FEB 1, 2013
Sweet and woodden taste. Herbal at the nose with a bit of nuts and chocolate. The sweetness is balanced by a strong bitterness, making an ’harmonious extreme’ beer. flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Very bready malty. But a nice amount of hops in the aroma. Not bad but quite balanced. Nice vanilla warm taste from the oak. Quite good, but not amazing
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
Smells very malty to be an ipa..Nice golden-brown-ish. The taste not bad, but a little too strange if you ask me. Good mouthfeel. Good beer, but i like the concept more than the beer! TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with white head. Aroma is dank hops with oak shining through. Dry woody flavor with good hops and malt backbone. Very nice beer. Patrik (813) - Amarillo City, - JAN 5, 2013
Nice fruity smell and taste. Very well balanced. You can taste some vanilla.