HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2008
2002 Vintage, Oak Aged. 12oz bottle. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Served in a Duvel Tulip. A little over carbonated, probably due to the age. Huge, big bubbled head filled the glass. Hazy dark gold. Fruity aroma with some toffee malt and a little hops. Complex aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is fairly understated. Very smooth mouthfeel. Malty sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. Some wood comes out in the finish. I would have liked to taste it a bit fresher. Good beer. KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2008
Bottled. Complex malty nose and rich malt flavors: cedar, chocolate, caramel, nuts, plus a bit of citrus and dark fruits. Good citrus, floral, hops all the way providing excellent balance. Dry finish with hops and cedar. Rather sweet and malt-dominated but complex and well-balanced. The sugi barrels add a nice, complicated touch. maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JUL 19, 2008
pours orangish-brown with woody character on nosing. on palate nice and smooth with long clean finish jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2008
After a hazy amber pour, the aroma is quite peppery and astingent. Cedar is apparent in the flavor, which makes for a different herbal hop bite that is really pleasing. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a ruddy amber, hazy with a small white ring of head around the edge of the glass. The aroma of this leads off with cedar followed closely by citrusy/floral hops, some hay and toasted malts. Flavorwise this has a strong hop intro, a touch of honey, wood, spicy, then a nice bitter finish. Very dry, the tannins from the cedar cask add to this, seems a touch funky too. Very quaffable, this is a magnificent beer. The cedar and the spiciness mesh well with the hoppiness to create a fantastic left-of-center IPA.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
’02 bottle. This beer is the oak aged version, which disappoints me a but, since I have never had a cedar aged beer, but it is pretty cool to see a 6 year old bottle on the shelves. This one was a bit of a gusher. Amber colored with a one fingered head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast/vanilla, spicy and earthy hops, and a bit of wood. Taste is caramelly and woodsy, with a fair amount of both tannins and hops bitterness. The hops and the wood do seem to be complementary. This is a pretty interesting beer, one that I don’t think I would want to drink all the time, but for a 6 year old IPA, it is impressive. rds (230) - USA - JUN 7, 2008
What a lovely aubrun brew, with a short head, but good carbonation and a full bodied flavor. A real pleasant surprise. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2008
12 oz bottle: Ruby amber pour with a frothy head that wants to settle immediately. I get alot of barrel aging in the aroma. A nice barleywine-esque peppering of hops tries to combat the oakiness. Sweet caramel lies beneath. More rindy hops balance the sweet body. Again, wood takes over and adds a great complexity here. Interesting. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2008
I love the flavor that sake casks add to the IPA. Tastes like a British interpretation of the style via Japan, has some subtle earthy mineral flavors, and a spicy hop quality. Very drinkable, but the cedar is very assertive, but not overpowering. jbuzz (838) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. This was pretty nasty. I found nothing enjoyable about this beer. I can’t even put it into words.