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

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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:
Imperial IPA aged in 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 05-04-2013)
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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.

Mouthfeel - Not really boozy. Lots of liquor. Medium body.

Overall - It's all barrel but it's great barrel. Pappy does wonderful things.

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Big thanks to my cousin Sonny down in FL for sending this one up to me. Pappy aged IPA, not sure I have heard of that specific combo before. Just had the regular 10-10-10 the other night.

A- 750ml poured to a deep tulip glass and a pint glass for sharing. The beer itself has an amber body and a one finger, frothy off-white head forms. Pretty good retention. Thick, bubbly ring leaves ample webbed sheets of lace.

S- Whiskey comes off big but is not harsh in any way. The barrels bring vanilla sweetness, medium toasted oak and soothing Bourbon notes. IPA takes a bit of a back seat here but the toasty caramelized malts and citrus hops poke through.

T- Barrels carry over from the nose and are the most prevalent part of the flavor. Compared to the nose, more blending takes place here. A wide range of things like notes of vanilla oak sweetness, toasted wood, smooth whiskey, cocoa, pepper, caramel, toast, grapefruit and citrus hops. It all weaves together like a cocktail.

MF- Body seems a bit thinner than the 10-10-10 original, medium overall. Carbonation is at a moderate-low level for the style but a silky, smooth creamy texture overtakes the taste buds like a pillow. Finishes with a mixture of alcohol warming and hop bitterness.

I am pretty sure the only other Bourbon DIPA I have had is Doom from Founders. This is a much different beer in every way but I think this style of beer works well for several reasons. The whiskey and barrel flavors combine well with citrus hops, think whiskey sour in a way. Overall it feels like I am drinking a fairly strong whiskey cocktail crafted very well. Also, the actual flavors from the barrel are fantasic, soothing oak vanilla.

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