Bsteele (1) - - AUG 10, 2016 does not count IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Fox Cities Brewfest. Pour was deep golden with a very complex and inviting aroma of oak, bourbon, sweet toasted malts, and a nice amount of earthy hops. Flavor was a bit in the other direction with much of the dominant flavor derived from the sweet malt, not the hops. This tasted more like a barley wine for the hops must have lost much of their bitterness with age, but overall, this was a superb beer.
This beer is a one of a kind taste that is full in flavor and aroma. Caramel tones with a beautiful bourbon oak flavor. I catagorize it as a "dessert" beer. One of my all-time favorites that keeps me coming back to Green Bay all the way from Arizona just to enjoy it. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Sample pour of mild amber with little to no head. Nose is booze and bourbon with a paired, almost equal hop presence, resin. Flavor is hoppy, resinous, earthy and booze. Caramel malty with a little zest to it. I honestly don’t love it but can’t complain much cause it tastes exactly like a bourbon barrel aged IIPA would taste like. 18042015 shrubber85 (11806) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle. Earthy sour milk caramel malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Cloudy brown with moderate head. Very sweet brown sugar malt and moderately strong pine/grapefruit peel flavor. Not particularly pleasant. Patrickctenchi (6862) - 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. TattooJack (534) - Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Poured from the four pack, look is chunky brown with an orange-red hue, I don’t smell any bourbon which is good because usually the beer takes the flavor of the booze. I have to be honest I wouldn’t have purchased this beer if I’d known it was aged in booze barrels but this one held up quite nicely and still had a lot of hop flavor with some fruit flavor, was easy drinking considering how strong it is. I will buy this one again.
CpyNPrnT (637) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Aroma of whiskey, taste is whiskey, hoppy, bitter, caramel, alcohol, finishes clean with a nice whiskey aftertaste. All of these barleywine comparisons are unjustified. It is definitely an Imperial IPA, darker than most yes, but lacking the distinct malty presence and candied flavors from a typical barleywine-imo. wlajwl (7351) - 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. kaser (6471) - 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. madvike (3314) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a film of tan head. Nose is pleasant caramel nut bread. Light yeast, gentle barrel, and a bit of piney citrus hops. Well-integrated. Taste is like a big barley wine. Malty, nutty, caramel, light booze, bourbon, a bit of oak. A hint of hops in the finish. A bit gritty, but the bourbon is complementary, not overbearing. Slick and thick. Real pleasant stuff. sonnycheeba (6751) - 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.