wlajwl (7013) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Aroma is bourbon/barrel aging and a background of fruit. The flavor is bourbon, pine needles, medium sweetness, malts and a mix of alcohol and hops in the finish. Barrel aging this 20 months turned it into a barleywine, really. Patrickctenchi (6693) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Cloudy brown with a short tan head.
Caramel, bready aroma.
Taste is very woody....sweet toffee malt, dark fruit, dark bread.
Pretty good, but a little on the sticky-sweet side...
Alcohol grows more apparent as it warms. nuplastikk (6420) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Draft at Old Fashioned. Deep brown-red color. Oily head. Some hops in the aroma, but seem covered up in thick malt. Bourbon really takes over. Very malty. Solid hop backbone, with this is closer to Barleywine than IIPA. Lots of fruity caramel tones. A little underwhelming flavorwise, while overwhelming in body. Begins to finish scotchy and smoky, a little fig. OK, but not that impressive overall. kaser (6360) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Amber pour from bottle at 3 Floyds. Has a huge bourbon aroma and flavor. Not sure why this is called an ipa. Buts it's good. Sugary and malty honey taste with a pretty thick pallette. sonnycheeba (6279) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber/copper with fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, pear, and some floral notes. Flavor is sharp hop bitterness, some malt sweetness, some toast, and faint stone fruit. Medium body and carbonation.
JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 29, 2008
dark amber to copper in color. A hint of rudy when held to the light. Moderate off-white head. Scents of an IPA with some pale to toasted malts and pine and mild citric hops. Interesting flavors to me. I wonder if the oak after time takes over the hops as I am getting more oak character than the hops that I perceived in the nose. Caramel and oak flavors preside throughout. Good, but I still think the hops are gradually losing the battle with the oak. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2008
On draught at the brewery/brewpub in downtown Green Bay, WI. Pours a semi-clear brownish copper/red brew with a quick dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin film top and no ring. Aroma of bourbon with caramel, tangerine, grapefruit and a touch of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, very little carbonation if any with very complex flavors of bourbon, grapefruit, a touch of tangerine, iced tea, vanilla and some toffee. Finish has a thick texture with a lingering bourbon and grapefruit aftertaste that is quite sweet. The bourbon comes out stonger in the finish. Aurelius (5502) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Standard long neck. Great label. Foggy tea - colored brew with a small khaki head. Very malty aroma with caramel, wood, dark sugars. Woody and a little boozy up front. Some peat and leather. Vanilla. Acidic, not too sweet. This is barleywine. Heavyish body. Warming. Finishes out a little syrupy with peppery hops and wood. New Leaf Market. tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Nearing the end of this year’s batch at Green Bay according to Joe K., while sampled at the upstairs tasting lounge bar, displaying a brownish copper color, with a creamy, off white head, and wavey cling to the lacing. The aroma was some malt sweetness, resin, citrus, noticeable bourbony alcohol, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor contributed medium hop bitterness, moderate carbonation, a medium+ body, decent alcohol warmth, a bit of cask wood flavor, and a slightly dry finish. The DIPA hop bite was a little past prime, as the malt sweetness was starting to mellow the effect. Still nicely potent, with the Barleywine comparison not too far off. Next time, shared a 16 oz. bottle with craft friends, poured to snifters, with a similar appraisal, noticed more grapefruit, and barrel influenced coconut in both aroma & taste. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at Romans and my last beer of 2010. Ruby red with a medium foamy tan head and a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma if bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and light floral hops. Taste is very oaky right out the gate with vanilla, citrus, bourbon, alcohol and caramel as well. Pretty smooth with a moderate bitter finish. Not overly boozy and not as hoppy as I anticipated but overall pretty solid.