tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2009
had at coles rare beer fest. amberish color, decent head. nose is hops and vanilla with some oak. flavor was nice hops a little muted by the vanilla and oak of the whiskey barrel. intresting GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Stranahan whiskey barrel version on tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a dark, hazy iced-tea color with a short-lived head that dissipated to a swirl on the top. The lacing was good.
I could smell the whiskey from a mile away. It is certainly the dominant aroma with hints of caramel malts and hops in the background.
The taste is just as hot as the aroma with tons of whiskey. However, there is more complexity than the nose as the earthy, grassy hops come through more. There is also a more noticeable caramel malt presence as well.
The mouthfeel is super smooth with the carbonation toned down from the barrel.
This is a good barrel-aged beer, though I think it’s probably a little over-the-top for me. Definitely worth trying and thanks to Dave at the Brick Store for scoring this one. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Draft at Capones. Hazy orange body with thin head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet vanilla taste, wood, bourbon and light hops. Good stuff. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Draft from Capones - Reddish amber pour with a medium head. Aroma is solid bourbon and wood - bits of vanilla and roast too. Flavor is a solid bourbon assault - lots of wood and vanilla, some light hops, and burnt barrel. Nice mouthfeel. I liked it, but couldn’t say it tasted great as its a bit over-exposed to the barrel for my liking, at least for a beer like Gordon. Nice to try! Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 6, 2014
Pours murky orange brown with a thin head. Whiskey on the nose with a touch of hoppy sweetness. The flavour has a nice restrained bourbon sweetness with a bit of a floral hoppy bite.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 6/4/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Caramel with a light oak, whiskey and vanilla aroma. Dark sugars and floral hops. Slightly cloudy deep amber almost brown with a small white head. Flavor follows aroma with hints of dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Finish is dry with wood and whiskey. Excellent. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is murky light golden-brown with a small, white, frothy, head that disapates into a ghost on the surface.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, chocolate, increasing caramel; Hoppy with moderate note of resin/pine, light notes of lemony citrus and grass; Yeasty with moderate notes of basement, trace of dough; Moderate candy sugar, light alcohol.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, trace bitter with a long, lightly warm, moderately sweet finish.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.<P>
Didn’t catch a ton of whisky or barrel character. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2009
on tap at falling rock during GABF. Pours a murky amber. Nose is whiskey and wood. Then hops come through. Flavor is too heavy whiskey and malt. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Draft @ Brick Store. Hands down, best oak-aged IIPA I’ve tried to date. Tons of oak, honey, and vanilla in the aroma and flavor. IIPA presence is still there, but more subdued. I love IIPA’s and have had some that were really hoppy, but I couldn’t drink more than one w/out feeling my taste buds burn. This one is really hoppy, but very dangerous due to its drinkability. Excellent brew. Much more complex than your average IIPA.