TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
On tap at Capone’s. Cloudy brown with a thin whitish head. Leaves lacy strands. Aroma very subdued; piney hops and barrel smoothed whiskey. Taste more dominated by the whiskey but doesn’t seem bourbony. A little too sharp when combined with the orange hop bitterness. Still pretty good. Some caramel, honey and vanilla come out as it warms. Medium body, mild carb. evergreen0199 (3636) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2014
Keg at BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush, London. An orange/amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, boozy, caramel, vanilla aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, boozy, caramel, vanilla. Highly drinkable. NachlamSie (3620) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
[November 1, 2008]
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
On tap at The Brick Store. Pours a murky brown red. The aroma has lots of oaken qualities. There is a distinct vanilla character though a faint nip of hops comes out here and there. The palate is exceedingly creamy and works well with all the tannins. Suggestions of vanilla, cigars, oak chips, biscuits, and dead hops come out. This is weirdly good and not at all an IIPA anymore.
Tap, Max’s American Craft Beer Festival. Pours a clear, reddish-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Chewy, hard candy and vanilla in the aroma. Dense, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of hard-tack candy (a term I think only my grandmother uses anymore?); candy sugar and red fruits and caramel; relaxed carbonation; slight hint of vanilla / wood. Slightly different beast from the regular Gordon: chewer, denser, diminished hop presence. Lengthy, candy sugar and light vanilla finish. dchmela (3089) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Tap at Gingerman. Deep copper pour. Huge barrel, bourbon and citrus hops aroma. Big sticky hop taste, big malt body, bourbon in the taste. Just a glorious mix of everything great about beer and bourbon.
Bacterial (3080) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Slight bourbon nose. Slightly hazy dark amber. Bourbon is pretty subtle, a touch woody and a little bitter in the finish. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap at Cole’s Rare beer fest, Buffalo. See, this is why I am so hesitant on Barrel aged beers. Ten Fidy was done to perfection while this one was overwhelmed. Amber pour with good sized white head. Aroma is very nice - lots of vanilla and sweet malt. The taste though is way too sweet and way too bourbony and it completely overwhelms the very good base beer. Oh well, back to the Whiskey Barrel Ten Fidy for me... ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2010
I hate BA IIPAs and BA IPA’s because most of the time the barrel takes away from the hops. This beer is one of the few examples opposite of my theory. Vanilla, bourbon, pine and grapefruit. Solid adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 22, 2008
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a muddy sandy brown with a large creamy white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak wood and bourbon/whiskey. Taste is creamy with hints of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Very nice. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Dark dark brown pour, thick tan head w/ some light lace. Well hopped aroma, lots of caramel, light grass, and a touch of vanilla. Full well coated lightly creamy palate. Not much dif than regular gordon, some light buttery flavors and more alcohol, I’d prefer the non BA.