emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Firkin at Hop Cat. Soft pale blonde pour with one finger of white head. Floral aroma with some sweet citrus and sharp oak. Very floral sweet character in the flavor with the oak playing a nice supporting role. Medium light body witha soft carbonation. alliance100 (1159) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Draft at Hopcat GR - cask - pours a medium orange . Floral aroma with a faint oak note . Taste is a bit of woody vanilla mixed with some herbal hops . Probably my fav of the Hatter series .
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22 oz bottle. The pour is a dark clear copper with a thick white head and some moderate clingy lacing. The aroma has a little bit of vanilla up front, and then quickly fades through a dark malt character. There is a light bitterness on the backend, but there is not much of a hop character at all. The flavor presents a little bit of a woody vanilla on the front end, and moves through a nice malt profile with just a touch of bitterness from an underperforming hop presence. The mouth feel is a little thin, but there is a nice carbonation, and the aftertaste is a little lingering and nicely bitter without a resounding hoppiness and resin
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Ten minutes after rating this beer I was reminded of the alpha king by FFF and decided to increase my ratin for taste and aromasfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2013 vintage bomber into le Listermann shaker from Starkbier Fest - nose is pre brewed hops, heavy on the tart citrus. Sips adds slight bourbon and something that made say oh, in the same way one does when seeing an accident and it’s almost certain someone got hurt. Berry hoppy but not that bitter. I like the BA aspect but it doesn’t work with this beer. Little taste overall. Light to medium body. Never again.
22 ounce bottle, Giant Eagle Market District, Dublin, OH; $5.99. Lovely reddish-orange-golden color; ilghtly hazy; creamy one-finger head; medium lacing. Aroma floral and fruity, apple/pear, caramel, oak. Flavor is maybe just a touch overly sharply bitter but I could definitely get used to it; the fruity/floral thing is overshadowed by the hop bite, unfortunately; but the oak remains strong through the slightly dry finish. Heavy carbonation is halfway between coarse and silky; medium mouthfeel just the tiniest bit oily. Really nice beer and possibly underrated.
lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Not what I thought I was getting, ipa isnt quite the right style, darker less hops and very smooth, something just doesnt click right with this beer metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2014
22 oz bottle for 6 bucks. Pours dark copper with a white head. Looks more like a Barleywine than an IPA to me. Aroma is caramel, oak and a little hops. Taste is vanilla up front with to caramel, oak and a little smoke on the back end. Medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel as well. I’m not quite sure how this fits into the IPA mold. It lacks the typical hoppy characteristics that most IPAs have, but it’s still quite a good beer. I’d be interested in a higher ABV version. A nice, easy-drinking iPA. Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange amber with a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma of pine, caramel, citrus and oak. Flavor of toasted malts, caramel, wood/oak, vanilla, pine needles and had a crisp and oaky finish. Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tasty and interesting beer. The hop profile is good, but the aging only imparts a more malt forward finish, like an English IPA. I can't pick up any noticeable flavor from the barrel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ColovianTrader (464) - - DEC 14, 2013
A little subdued for a barrel aged beer, but good flavors. Lots of caramel, sweet brown sugar, toast, citrus hops and oak. Hints of maple. Not as hoppy as I hoped, but refreshing and enjoyable.