wombat23 (2165) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2015 edition. Pours a murky brown with a fizzy, ephemeral beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, alcohol. Taste follows nose and also has plum, brown sugar and leather flavors. Faint rum notes. Very malty, alcoholic, sweet finish. OK. darbeer75 (1154) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Aroma: malty and fruity with a little soy sauce thrown in; Appearance: very cloudy dark amber pour with thin off white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: follows nose closely with additional oakiness and booziness; not bad, but not my favorite; Palate: heavy body with long, oaky finish; Overall: too sweet and boozy for my taste; would not get again. drfabulous (8995) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle (out of box) shared. Big boozy malt barley wine bomb with sugar base. Not really for me. suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2016
Dark golden/amber pour. Big white/off white head. Little bit of lacing. Deep notes of caramel and wood. Very slight rum note, not even worth mentioning really. I thought there would be more? Taste is creamy caramel and a slight hop bite. Not bad. Not really that close to a DIPA though. I would say way closer to a BW. PartyFowle (954) - - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle from October 2015. Cloudy sienna with no head to speak of. Aroma’s rich with barrel and malt notes: caramel, tobacco, fig, vanilla, bread crust, toffee, sugary cherry. A swirl brings forward the grainy notes before sweeter oak tones settle in. The flavor leads with a sweet, orange juicelike tang that melds into plums, spiced molasses, brown sugar and leather. Just a bit sweet at the finish; could actually use some hop bitterness to balance. Some kind of smack, too, at the finish would be useful--it falls off quickly. Seems to have behaved much more like a barleywine than an imperial IPA in the barrels. Because of that, it might be the first barrel-aged IPA I’ve ever actually enjoyed.
bigda83 (879) - Jamestown, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle extra from jbruner! Thanks! Pours a dark amber color, clear, small whitish bubbly head. Aromas of spirits, wood, caramel, sugar, mild hoppy notes. Flavor was sweet and bold with alcohol, sugars, caramel, vanilla, and hints of pine. Def a big boozy one here. Medium body, slick texture, good carbonation, and alcohol burn to finish. Not bad. drowland (9191) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2016
12/26/15. Bomber from Craft on Draft. Out of the gate on your new series with a rum BA double IPA? Okay, well I won’t judge until I’m tongue deep in this puppy. Orange Amber pour with a small khaki head. Boozy aroma, rum and alcohol from the beer, dark fruits, loads of caramel, cane sugar, oxidation, subtle floral aspect. No hint of ever being a DIPA, which is probably a good thing at this point. Lightly sweet flavor, rum, sugar, dark fruits, caramel, hop bitterness knocking at the door, lost in rum BA and old caramel malts. Not awful, just doing go into this expecting DIPA in any way shape or form. Let’s do better with the next wood release, Terrapin! Cybercat (6423) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours hazy sepia with a thin but respectable buff head. Rum-soaked wood headlines the flavor, while hops and malt appear in the background. Flavor presents woody, sweet rum, evergreen hoppy, and subtle malty tones. This tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA, bold and sharp - for strong palates only! Mouthfeel features firm, strong body if not much fizz. Can you handle this reserve? rdixon77 (3120) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
OH Terrapin…why? Why start with a rum barreled double IPA? Anyways, it is just like it sounds a boozy, rummy mess. Killed the hops, slaughter of the subtlety. But hell, you are a woody, boozy beer. And your in a box. So go, you, go! JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle shared. Not sure how this was ever Hopzilla. Way more barleywine. Pours a translucent amber. Dark fruit, wood, rum.