daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Orange pour. Wow citrus, honey, wood, light booze, fruit and some spice in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and spicy...citrus, wood, yeast. Good and really unique. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Anniversary Week release, batch 1000 aged in honey wine barrels. Pours a hazy amber with thin white head, aroma is full of juicy hops. Taste up front is really piny, then leads into a great citrus blend that gets sweet in the middle because of the honey aging, and the bitterness still comes through in the end. The hops were a bit subdued due to the aging, but an amazing brew because the flavors all blended together well. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12 oz. thanks tyler! pours crystal clear medium amber, no head or lace. crazy nose of vinous tartness blended with grapefruit hop aromatics. creamy medium body, fairly still. tart and tangy wine grapes and grapefruit with a bit of toasty caramel underneath. mild, pleasant citric finish. very refreshing and drinkable. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
This poured a darker orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was very odd, red grapes, bittering hops, alcohol, and caramel. Flavor was an off flavor of cheap wine and adjunct beer mixed together to form a super alcohol cocktail for college parties. Blah. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tropical fruit, grapefruit skins, citrus, honey notes as well. Melons and generic fruity notes as well as vanilla. Wonderful nose. Golden amber thin foam ring around the edges. Fruity flavors through the whole beer - lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits, chewy citrus skins, vanilla, honey, melons, some alcohol. Juicy fruit and alcohol finish. Nice carbonation. A pleasure to drink.
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Thanks to jw77 for sharing this one. Pours yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is malt, vinous fruit, depth, complexity, and some tartness. Flavor is similar with lots of fruit blending and vinous qualities. Interesting beer. badgerben (5108) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Big Beer, Big Barrel Week. Murky orange color with a medium head. Fresh hop aroma, mostly orange and maybe mango. A little winey note as well. Strong flavor of marmalade and mango. High bitterness. Although I never had the regular Batch 1000, it strikes me that the wine barrel accentuates the fresh/vinous hop characteristic. Not bad, but not sure I love it either. smith4498 (3640) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Growler at Maltzillas World Cup 2010 tasting. Pours golden orange color with off white head. Fruity and woody aroma. Moderately sweet flavor with tropical fruits, wood and some alcohol. the flavors come together in a weird way that just doesn’t work well for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2010
12oz sample from a growler. leaked a bit so probably not the most prime sampling but here goes.... pours a semi-transparen medium cinammon brown pour with only thin bubbles of a head.... aroma has quite a big ripe mango and tropical fruit component to it along with some honey sweetness. i love mango so this was quite welcoming.... flavors had a pronounced tropical fruitiness to it although the mango had fallen off a bit. generally pretty sweet with some of that honeywine coming into play, however curtailed by the citrus rind bitterness that cuts through on the backend and well through the finish. medium bodied and carbonation a little light due to leakage but still i’ve had many barrel-aged dipa that are so overly barreled that this one maintained quite a bit of its former self. givin it an extra point overall as without the leakage, this would have been a pinch better. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Growler, courtesy 4.4-40. Wine barrel aged edition. The pour yields a lightly hazy, deep, dark, reddish-orange amber colored body. A small, foamy beige film sits at the head, circled by a solid, skinny ring at the edge. Frothy bubbles dry to scattered spots and flares of lacing. The aroma seems off from the start, showing a plasticy, solvent sort of overtone. Barrel funk seems unintentional and overly phenolic. Loads of weird fruit, along the lines of canned fruit cocktail, seem out of place, while caramel and sweet dessert bread lend further sweetness. Distinct notes of maraschino cherries, pears, peaches, and red grape are all detectable. The flavor is considerably more hoppy, showing notes of citrus, particularly bitter orange peel and grapefruit, that were entirely absent from the nose. Sweet vanilla from the barrel barrel seems overly sweet, however, and that strange, soapy, solvent, character returns. On the palate, a medium body sports moderate, fine carbonation, while the finish brings a papery, slightly drying feel. Bitterness intensifies on the finish more than at any other point. This is a strange one, and I’m afraid the intended result was definitely not achieved.