From bottle #213 with green wax. 3-20-15 date on bottle.
Poured clear into a snifter. Half inch of white, thin foam covers. Retention shouldn't cannot be used to describe the head; same for the lacing.
Aroma is crazy big. Citrus hops up front, especially on bottle opening. This seems to dissipate, with the sense becoming numbed by the presence of alcohol due to the aging process. Complex. Almost too intense. Oak is easiest to capture. The bourbon, rum and tequila take turns and blend as well.
Booze takes over the taste very quickly after a lack luster beginning. Rum and, especially, tequila are brash on the palate. Bourbon is muted. Malt and hops have run home with their tales between their legs.
Mouthfeel is thin up front with the booze making it thick by the middle. Mild, at best, carbonation. Boozy.
A case of too much. I think all the different agings cloud he aroma, which is otherwise fantastic, while making this a difficult beer to drink, even the taste suffers. Too boozy. Highs and lows. Better for a big porter or stout? I would have it again if served in a shot glass at room temperature. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 19:54:55
Tasted: Tuesday, June 02, 2015
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Imperial West Coast-style IPA. 50% aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels, 25% in Caribbean Rum Barrels, 25% in Extra Anejo Tequila Barrels. Blended once removed from the barrels and double dry hopped with Apollo, Galaxy and Simcoe. Make no mistake about it, this is an IPA through and through, not just a hopped up barleywine.