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10-10-10 IPA (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Swamp Head Brewery

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10-10-10 IPA (Bourbon Barrel Aged)10-10-10 IPA (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 94
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 05-04-2013

Imperial IPA aged in 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 94
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to skrip for this! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed balloon glass. It has a vibrant, hazed orange body, bright and glowing. Covered by a thick, off-white head to start, it unfortunately dies to very thin layer. No lacing. I'd expect a longer head with more integrity out of a DIPA. Nonetheless, attractive body.

Wonderful barrel character in the aroma. It really reminds me of Founders Hand of Doom. Sweet, vanilla, oak, and the hops sit underneath it all. They (the hops) are definitely overpowered in the aroma. Subtle notes of peach and kumquats. Hops could use more strength, though I really like the barrel quality.

A little boozy on first sip, though filled with oak, toasted bread, and spicy hop notes. It's sweet and bourbony up front, then on the back end takes the shape of a double IPA, with a bitter finish. As it warms, the alcohol becomes very obvious, with phenolic notes popping up quickly after each sip. Mostly a warm, oaky, hoppy beer...on point at described. Medium to full bodied beer with sharp carbonation. A little sticky but nothing too intense. Only minimal heat and after the swallow, there is some residual heat and astringency that takes the tongue and rings it out. Good for the style.

I have not had too many barrel aged IPAs but of the ones that I have had I think this is one of the more memorable beers. I think I liked Hand of Doom more, but the barrel character of this is killer and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I drank the whole 750 myself and enjoyed every bit of it. (1,538 characters)

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Small white head. Just a couple of wisps.

Smell - It's all bourbon and oak. Buckets of oak. Really nice, but no IPA back there.

Taste - The base comes back here more. Still a ton of bourbon and oak. Vanilla. Awesome barrel character. Grain comes through. Slight hop bitterness in the back.

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Overall - It's all barrel but it's great barrel. Pappy does wonderful things. (494 characters)

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10-10-10 IPA (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.