wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 sampled from a growler at a harvest homecoming party. big thanks to jesse and josh for this one! pours THICK amber with a small off white head. aroma big piney hops slight citrus and some woody funk. flavor sweet vanilla honey and lots of bitter piney hops. long bittersweet finish. lots of pine and vanilla. full bodied. moderate carbonation. slightly sticky. it was interesting tasting this side by side with hoptimus and seeing just how much the oak aging mellowed this beer. overall a very smooth well balanced beer. seymour (2093) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Tasted on draft at 2015 St. Louis Microfest in a willi becher glass. It poured a mostly clear deep amber colour with thin but persistent white foam. Strong caramelly malt backbone supporting an even stronger hop load, fresh citrusy/resiny traits not as degraded as you’d expect after barrel-aging. Definite hardwood, vanilla, boozy aspects. Medium-full body and carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, complex aftertaste. An interesting fusion of uber-malty West Coast IPA plus oak aging. Tasty stuff. Tmoney99 (14850) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Draft sample at IBGWF 12. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate floral, sour citrus and wood aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter woody finish of moderate to long duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Draft. Orange, vanilla, and citrus peel aroma. Slightly hazy golden yellow with minimal head. Sweet orange/tangerine and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Very nicely blended. Tasty. phaleslu (10547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Draft sample at Microfest 2012. Pours a cloudy amber color with a fairly large eggshell white head. Very oaky all the way through, with vanilla, floral and citrusy hops, and resin. Bitter on the palate. Medium-bodied, with an oaky, bitter mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good oaked DIPA, and the oak really takes over.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
On guest tap at DLD ’12. Pours a lightly hazed, orange, dull gold colored body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet caramels with lots of orange hops. A nice oak comes out more as this warms. Some touches of vanilla and a light breadiness to the malts with some tangerine and grapefruit pines as well. Flavor is very oaky up front with lots of caramel and piney oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. An increased vanilla in the middle with a few florals and a light bread before this finishes very woody and pretty dry with a firm bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, I wasn’t the biggest fan of their Hoptimus and I usually don’t like oak aged IPA’s/DIPA’s, but I thought this was pretty good. Lots of oak with a light vanilla, but a nice caramel sweetness and plenty of citrus pines to balance. Nice beer. Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sampled at 2012 Indianapolis Brew Ha Ha. Good flavor which masks the alcohol well. A lot of hop flavor with a little bit of wood and smoke. Really good. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap at GTMW 2013. Amber with a creamy tan lasting crown. Aroma is floral and oaky with some caramel and citrus underneath. Taste of oak, citrus, vanilla with a moderate bitter ending. b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a very slightly hazy golden orange with white lacing. Smells solid; a well-balanced hop profile with notes of oak and a touch of sweetness. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. A little maltier though. Still, enjoyable. patrick767 (4095) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
sampled at Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest - The oak dominates the aroma of this hazy orange brew. The flavor is also heavy on the oak. Bitterness is high though not especially high for the style. I don’t know if I’ve ever said the wood is overdone in a beer, but it might be here. It’s still good. I just think it could be great with a little more hops character and less wood.