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BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA - Barrel House Brewing Company

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BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPABarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 05-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 81
Photo of phiberoptik
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought directly from Barrelhouse's loading dock in 22oz bottles.

My wife and I split one of these at least once a week.

Its a dark, slightly cloudy reddish brown. The aroma is not as hoppy as I would expect but no off note or anything. The taste is very nice. I am actually enjoying a Stone IPA right now and believe it to be slightly more hoppy than this double. I dont taste the roasted malts that make it "dark", but bottom line, this beer tastes good, its a local brew, and the guys really take pride in it.

I would be happy to trade this with those outside of our area!

Photo of RedChrome
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murk body with a chestnut color to the beer. Creamy inch and a half tan head took about four minutes to sink down to a cover. Too murky to note carbonation rising. Large lace spots.

Strong blend of hops and malt up front in the nose. The aroma is a bit on the gritty grain side. Nice hops bitterness is earthy in tone. Malt is strong on dark fruit scents.

Hops are quite subdued on the tongue, and malt takes over. A bit weak in flavor. A raisin flavor with a bitter floral hop coating. Good flavors, just weak.

Decent feel on the tongue, but flavors run away quickly. Carbonation is a bit flat.

Just above average brew. Would go good with a Shepard's pie. Flavor is just a bit weak to make an above average brew a good one. Good, but not worth hunting for specifically.

Photo of fightingwords
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A--mahagony and translucent. Big fluffy Belgian-esque white head. Avg retention.

S--candied sugars, raisiny, slightly bready malts. Almost no spicy or earthy hops. The nose is very floral.

T--all sweet malts w/ hints of raisin or dried prunes. The hops are present but not balanced. The tastes is unique and delcious but misleading based on name alone.

M--lighter bodied drink given the malt profile. Clean finish, and a relatively high carbonation.

D--Just too unbalanced to make this a quaffable drink.

Definately dark, and certainly unique but not what I was expecting. The hops take a full on backseat which is a let down because of the style but honestly the beer is saved by its tasty uniquness. I say try it and stay open minded.

Photo of DanielClouser
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into Duvel tulip

A--Above average. Dark for an IPA--almost porter-like in low light but a nice reddish amber when back-lit. Head is decent, with a fluffiness absent in many American beers, but it fades fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S--What? This is an IPA? Where are the hops? I smell some caramel malts but little else. Maybe a little tart apple or something odd that seems out of place.

T--This just doesn't taste like an IPA. There's some tartness that comes from somewhere (maybe an infection, as in the intensely infected winter brew I've reviewed from this brewery). It's bitter, but there are no hop aromatics. Admittedly, the bottle may be old (no date that I can find on the bottle), but there should be more from the hops here. I think there's a tiny tad of diacetyl in here, too. There's some astringency as well. Despite all of these flaws, I say it tastes average. While awful as an attempt at an IPA, it's really better than many beers I've had.

M--No complaints on the mouthfeel, but it's nothing spectacular.

D--Really, for a beer approaching 9% ABV, the drinkability is very high. For all it's faults, the alcohol is very well hidden.

I paid only $1.29 for this bomber, but I imagine that, given its regular price of $3.99, someone must have complained about infection (that, or someone noticed that a discount may be in order when some bottles are filled to within 1/2" of the cap, while others' level never reach the neck).

Photo of bhalter8
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, maybe not double dark. Thin white head recedes quickly. Aroma, well, its very sweet smelling, I get all malt here, and no hops. Especially odd considering the barrel on the label is at the far end of the hop spectrum... The lack of hops continues to the taste, I get this is a dark DIPA, but still... I maybe getting a little bitterness at the back end, but it is very faint. Mouthfeel is fine, it rests easy, probably the best attribute in this one. It's almost chalky, not really a pleasant drink. Not a drain poor, but I forced this one down. I am normally a rather positive reviewer, but this one seems like a homebrew gone bad to me.

Photo of movingtrain
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Not as dark as I thought it would be. copper in color...just a bit darker than a barlywine style ale...1/2 finger tan head...light carbonation.

S: Hoppy...sweet...caramel...citrus...what you might expect from an IPA. Floral, but not overpowering.

T: Malty...chalky...sweet up front...hops on the back of the tongue...kind of empty in the middle. Watery...doesn't taste like and 8.6% ABV beer...the hop finish is all bitter...not much sweetness or spice...kind of stings the back of the tongue.

Overall: Decent...would be good if this were the only micro available in Ohio...not as complex as I thought it would be...Drinkable, but not outstanding.

Photo of MPLS
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Certainly dark for IPA standards, amber body with a lighter frothy 2 cm head that seemed fluffy and light. Minimal lacing, as soon as the head diminished.

S: Is this an IPA? There wasn't a big citrus of hop overload to my nostrils. Smells like all caramel malts to me.

T: Oddly the first thing that popped into my mind was, this tastes like sweet butterscotch. There was not a huge IPA element to this beer, but it seemed to make the beer sweet, although not very bitter.

M: Decent mouthfeel, but doesn't possess caramel like smoothness.

D: Good job of hiding the ABV, it poked it's head as it warmed, I wouldn't be able to drink a lot of this from the butterscotch association.

Photo of soundbarrier
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby with about 2 fingers of head. Some lacing after tan head diminishes.

Aroma of roasty caramel with a smidge of alcohol. Taste is caramelly, malty and citrusy with hop bitterness on the finish.

Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation. Sweet, bitter, long aftertaste.

May be a tad unbalanced for some tastes. Pretty high ABV at nearly 9%

Photo of mrquartetman
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark amber, pours with a very good head

S: Big malt nose, no noticeable hop

T: Huge malt right up front, surprisingly little hop anywhere, stays robustly nutty and caramely all the way through the finish.

M: Very dense, chewy, strongly malty.

D: A most highly drinkable beer

Double Dark, I'll buy. But IPA? How is this beer an IPA? It is a very tasty beer, ignoring the style issue, so I didn't mind at all.

Photo of bamadog
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on tap over at The Comet and it wasn't quite was I expecting for an IPA - double dark or otherwise. Not much of a hop profile.

Appearance: Dark brown and amber in color. Thin lacing on top and a firm ring of it around the edge of the glass. Fairly clear and didn't see a ton of carbonation in it, but it was definitely present in the mouthfeel.

Smell: A bit of a vinegar essence to the smell - strong malty scent right up front as well. A smidge of hoppy bitterness is buried somewhere in there, but as mentioned above, not as much as I would have expected or hoped for.

Taste: Intersting to say the least - very carmelly sweet, reminiscent of a Scottish Ale, but the vinegar presence is there as well and it made it slightly awkward to drink. There is also a mild fruity sweetness in there as well, but I couldn't pin down exactly what kind of fruit it is. Again, a very slight hoppy bitterness is at the end as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Stronger carbonation than I would have expected, not as sticky as I would have wanted but not bad either. Didn't "wow" me.

Drinkability: Not something I see myself going back to enjoy. I think if I see something with "double" and "ipa" in the name, I expect something considerably more hoppy and upfront.

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave Schuster for tossing this into a Darkness Day deal. Poured into one of my trusty steins. I suppose it's appropriate that this is a Dark IPA...

A - Huge tan head, tons of lacing, excellent retention - so why only a four? The color is hideous, a kind of drab murky brown, with only nice cherry wood coloration at the fringes.

S - Sweet citrus hops with a bit of lemon and pine, but also some caramel & toffee flavors. Smell is rather understated and doesn't leap out of the glass.

T - Taste is...not what I expected. There some toffee-like sweetness, some smoke character, a bitter hop aftertaste, and a boozy flavor in there for which I don't care much. It's not bad, but not great either, and definitely doesn't taste like an IPA (American or British).

M - A little chalky, thin, and over-carbonated for my liking. Minor complaints as it's otherwise smooth, creamy, and solid.

D - It's OK - I finished a bomber by myself. It tastes like an 8.6% beer. Kind of interesting as a novelty, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottles acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, butterscotch candies, and some pine. The caramel and butterscotch dominate. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and a little earthy. Malts dominate with the hoppiness taking a back seat. Alcohol well hidden. Weaker body.

Notes from 8/30/07

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Clear, light brown in colour with a bit of a reddish hue. The pour produced a two finger cap of dark beige bubbles that settled very slowly. Chunky clumps of foam clung to the glass. The initial aroma was a combination of brown sugar and mild pine. As it warmed, notes of honey, cereal grains, and a bit of fruit appeared. Bitterness was solid, but not overbearing, with a bit of a kick towards the end along with some piney hops. The flavour was mostly malt, some toffee and grain, apples, maybe a hint of cherry in the finish. Just a bit of alcohol was also apparent in the finish, along with some warmth. Medium bodied with average carbonation, but nicely integrated. This is really an odd duck. There were things I really liked about it and things that I couldn't put my finger on that didn't quite sit right. Definitely an interesting beer.

Photo of naproxen
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What sucks is that this is listed as an American IPA, and there is no category for, let's say, American Indian Brown Ale or Indian Dark Ale. So style wise, this loses points, but I was never one to follow the rules...

More head from this beer than your normal street walker, that is for sure. Nice thick taupe head about an inch or two thick that took more than a minute to settle. The body is a deep caramel brown with a small reddish glow. The smell is definitely reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine, dark and malty and mildly sweet. First, caramel hits the palette, replaced slowly by the dark malt and hop bite, which is thankfully not overpowering. I can't get the taste to leave my mouth after a few sips but I am not complaining, this beer is right up my alley. After letting the last few oz's warm up a bit, the alcohol really comes to the forefront and I am reminded of a very boozy tasting strong ale I had which escapes my memory (probably due to the alcohol, whoops)

8.6%, in a bomber, you are in for a sweet night.

Glad I picked this up in my travels earlier this year, I have been putting off cracking it for awhile.

Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a big, tan head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, and toasted barley, a lot like a Barleywine. Taste is very malty, sweet, with a hint of earthy hop aroma. There is a slight acidicness as well. Bitterness levels provide a nice balance. Just like the smell though, this tastes exactly like a Barleywine. Mouthfeel is super creamy, smooth carbonation. Drinkable, but with the very sweet taste it would be hard to drink more than one 22oz bottle in one night. This is a good beer, but IMO is not an American IPA, it tastes much more like an American Barleywine, or American Strong Ale

Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark reddish brown with an off-white, almost tan, one and a half finger head. No lacing.

Aroma is quite malty overall. Notes of caramel, raisins, some chocolate, and piney hops. Good, but a bit too malty for an IPA.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Caramel, piney hops, figs, and dark chocolate on the finish. Again, not quite enough hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body, perhaps a bit too much carbonation for my liking.

Overall I found this to be pretty tasty, but it seemed to lack the characteristics of an IPA that I really enjoy. It was more malty than hoppy I think. It did taste good though, just not so much as an IPA.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark capper brown with good carbonation, The head is very nice light caramel 3 fingers and it leaves nice lace.

The smell is good, the hops are strong and good smelling, plenty of pine and earthy notes all around however the malt seems to be big as well with some nice lightly roasted notes.

The taste is very good, very hoppy front to back pine and earthy notes are very good. The malt is the real deal and really backs this brew up with all kinds of nice complexity, toasty caramel and a few chocolate notes really stand out.

The mouthfeel is good nice close to full body and great carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent this brew really struck me as one I would love to get more of. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of corey0212
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the seemingly endless extras received in a trade from dschuster03!!

What the heck is a Double Dark IPA?!! Lets find out!

Pours kind of a murky mahogany color, but takes on a beautiful ruby tone when held up to the light, tan head fades pretty fast, and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma seems timid, some sweet caramel malt, and a touch of citrusy hops, but it's all pretty subdued, considering the flavor that follows. Malty madness! Wow, there's just a lot of sticky sweet malt taste, doughy, somewhat boozy, but it works. I'm getting a ton of raisin taste as well, not something I expect in an IPA. Some spicy piney hop taste as well, but definitely a malt-heavy IPA, tastes more like an Imperial IPA. It's really creamy and chewy, nice active carbonation. I like it...really something different, and it's always cool to try something from a brewery you've never even heard of. Thanks for the opportunity, Dave!!

Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 22 oz bomber copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
First-ever beer from this Ohio brewery...
In terms of appearance, this brew poured very dark for an IPA... Color was a ruddy, ruby-red with a copper tint that left no head and very minimal lacing...
Aroma was hoppy with hints of alcohol that pervaded from the hefty 8.6% ABV...
Taste was dominated by slight hops, caramel, vanilla and balanced out by a hint of malts... The finish was very sweet and not at all bitter, leading me to question the assertiveness of the hops in this brew...
Medium-bodied, subdued hop flavor with slight alcohol on the tongue...
Loose, slightly watered-down mouthfeel...
Not the best depiction of the style...

Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt copper with a resultant two-finger tan head that reaches above the rim of the tulip and starts to recede slowly before it overflows, leaving a streaky and pocked lacing. Smell is quite promising with sharp citrusy hops up front followed by a very subtle matly and bready sweetness. The taste is not as robust as the smell, and doesn't quite live up to the big hop kick we have grown to expect from the so called "hop-bombs". That being said, it is tasty enough to make it somewhat interesting, with some subdued citrusy hops being present that are balanced by some sweet malts and caramel with a sour essence after it sits awhile. Some alcohol heat in the end leaves you satisfied with this medium-bodied and tasty, yet somewhat underperforming brew.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mighty rouge red russet pour with a craggy khaki dimpled head cap settling to a respectable wafer thick coating.

Nose is caramel and floral with scotch-ish notes. Candy notes as well. Plenty of toasted malt.

First swigs: Candy cherry lolipop malts meet a mingle of creamy vanilla and some cake like aspects.

Feel is soft and cushy. Easy going with a slightly cloying finish.

Last swigs: Delicate cherry and floral.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich transparent reddish brown, it generates a very thick and fluffy tan head when poured. Aroma is strong and hoppy, with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses. Flavor is mainly hoppy but surprisingly the bitterness level is low; there is a hint of sweetness. Texture is very smooth, and aftertaste has nice mix of hop bitterness and treacle-like sweetness.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brewdlyhooked13 for this one.
Large capped bottle poured into a pint.

Nice caramel color, with a good tan head, average lacing. Nose is where you will find the most hops, piney mostly, but citrusy as well. Malts are also clearly noticed, with a solid caramel aroma and some breadiness.
Medium bodied, it has a surprisingly well balanced taste; caramel and bread as suggested, along with a dry, citrusy hoppy finish.
Nicely done.

Photo of becktone
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Eye: Brown in color, when light diffuses through it it transforms to a beautiful clear dark red. The label states "Double Dark IPA"...was thinking it'd be black, or much more like Stone's 11th, that would have been sweet. Looks more like and American Strong Ale( Obviously it is one, with alcohol geting close to double digits) but if they were going for black IPA then I'd say that the color is a bit light, as well as that there aren't enough hops in the nose, although it still looks and smells great. Head is stable, creamy and tan in color, leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Nose: Dark fruit-plum, and alcoholic. Dark malt aromas preside, banana and clove phenols. Lots of caramel, some small roasted character. Reminds me quite a bit of a quadruple, belgian strong dark, or a dubbel- there is something about the yeast and malt do together, combined, give me this perception. Some chocolate given in there too. Alcohol is spicy and fruity. Not too much in the way of hops, surprising for an IPA...sure you can tell that threy're there, but between the yeast, malt, and alcohol they are hard to pick out. General bitter aroma, should be more in an IPA though, more hops that is. Overall great malt balance but where's the hops.

Tongue: Sweet malt and bitterness are first thoughts that I get when tasted. After that some spicy alcohol notes and fruitiness-dark fruits-raisins-and then yeast characteristics. Hops are detectable with a spicy and floral note, however, just as George "Boss" Cox presided over Cincinnati in the early 20th c.; so too here this beer is presided over by the malt, alcohol, and yeast. characteristics. Hops give bitterness balance also the beer but don't do much for flavor, infact, they are helped by the alcohol in terms of balancing sweetness. Much more of an American Strong in my opinion, also quite like some kind of Belgian dark something or other....but thats just me, and only a fraction of the flavor profile here. Barrel House labels this as an IPA though I don't feel that ir really is. Form me there is just not enough hops. Seems like the focus of the beer, whether intentional or not, is on the malt and Alcohol. Unlike some other IPAs(chiefly Southern Tier) Where balance between malt sweetness and flavor and bitterness is perfect, and where there is a trade off between hop and malt flavor eventually ending with hops on top, and where hops are easliy detected in the nose, it still meets my expectations of an IPA...Boss Cox Doesn't seem to do that for me. Overall its a great beer, but I think that the label is misleading.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a full bodied brew with lower carbonation which seems appropriate as the alcohol here is approaching double digits. This is one I'd go for again, but not when in the mood for an IPA, unfortunately from what I"ve heard this one will soon stop being bottled along with Cumberland Pale and the B.H. Dortmunder...not too sure bout the seasonals...If I can I'll pick this up before all the bottles disappear.

Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of zapata poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear deep ruby reddish brown with a small off-white head. Head lingers a little bit leaving only a trace of lacing.

S: Smell is dominated by smeet malts with a bit of caramel. I only get the mildest hop aroma.

T: Taste is a slightly stronger version of the smell. Big caramel malt taste up front with some fruits, maybe raisins, mixed in. The hops are present at the finish, but this is a really sugary sweet brew that doesn't much resemble an IPA.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation. There's no hop bitterness that I can detect.

D: This is a decent sweet malty beer that I have a hard time comparing to other IPAs. It's drinkable enough but that's about it.

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BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA from Barrel House Brewing Company
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