Slubgob (341) - West Hartford, USA - AUG 7, 2016 WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber, small white head, nice lacing. Nose of caramel and American hops, sweet malts. Taste of caramel, sweet malts, some bitterness, maybe a hint of citrus. The oak aging sort of added some deep bass notes and some sweet vanilla, while tempering the harsh high notes of the American hops. Sneaky easy to drink, with an 11% alcohol level that is completely hidden, but not a remarkable example of an IPA. I docked them a point overall because with this kind of alcohol level there should be truly remarkable flavor intensity.
Bomber into wine glass. Brassy red pour. Thin white lacing. High alcohol sweet nose with one hops. Residual alcohol stickiness bounces off of oak tannins, mixed with moderate hop bitterness. Good for what it is,I guess, just not really my thing. chadmasontx (28) - - OCT 3, 2015
Light copper with small white head that disappeared quickly. Smells of resin, pine, and citrus. Mildly bitter; very piney with some honey.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LuckyDog (615) - - NOV 5, 2014
Very nice, very hoppy IPA. The oak takes a little bit of the edge off. High alcohol, but way too drinkable. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2014
The color is a cloudy reddish orange with a medium off-white head, and the aroma blends citrus and floarl hops, oak, and a hint of diacetyl. The taste is mildly bitter, slightly sour, mildly boozy, and a touch sweet with a definite oak flavor throughout. The aftertaste is purely hops, booze, and oak, and the palate fuses an oily texture, medium body, and a flat carbonation. slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"good stuff, but didn’t leave the holy crap impression that regular old unearthly did. it was already a pretty malty beer and the oak aging seemed to mute the hops even a little more. there was good balance here, just not for a dipa. nice mix of vanilla, oak, malts, and bitter citrus hops."
generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
The body has a deep amber color which has good clarity and visible carbonation. On top sits an average off white colored head that slowly fades and makes some cool lace rings on the glass after each sip. In the nose I pick up an intensely rich mix of malt and hops. There are deep golden raisin and caramel notes from the malt and deep resiny pine like hops back by some citrus notes and hints of oak wood. On the tongue there is a mixing of sweet caramel notes, raisin bread, resiny hops, pine, citrus, orange peel and in hint of oak. Hop bitterness slowly builds more and more towards the finish but still brings some sweetness to keep things juicy. It’s full bodied, bold and heavy or chewy on palate. Carbonation is soft and just keeps things from getting too sticky.
gripweed57 (2856) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Hazy dark amber color. Rich, earthy, sweet malt aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor, with a slight noticeable woody character? Sweet corn syrup malt flavor with a touch of resiny hops in mid- taste. Finishes sweet with a subtle spicy hop aftertaste. Not discernable notice of the 11% alcohol. GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated from notes taken 22 Jun 2011, Southern Tier Beer Tasting -- Big fan of the Oak. Probably the first beer I had oaked that I really picked up the differences the age and oak contributed. CpyNPrnT (640) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2014
Aroma of bourbon, wood, pine, hints of citrus. Taste of bourbon, wood, pine, alcohol. A very solid DIPA barrel aged. Well done. MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Backlog. Bottle @ Green Lion Inn 2011, aged for about 12 months in average conditions. The aging took a toll, still a solid beer as always from ST.