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BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPABarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA

Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 05-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by MasterSki:
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra in a trade with nlmartin. Much appreciated.

Fairly dark, garnet colored body. Nice and clear when held to the light. Fizzy light brown head on the pour that disappeared really quickly and left almost nothing on the surface.

A little caramel sweetness in the nose and some fruity, citrusy hops over that. Possibly some graininess mixing in as well. Smells alright, simple and slightly weak.

Flavor is interesting. It has a lot of malty characteristics actually. Some caramel but has some sweet bread/biscuity flavors as well. A little tea and toffee like at times. Definate hop presence, but not overly bitter with the exception of a touch of resin at the very end. Hops have a strange twang to them, citrusy in small amounts. I checked the website and it says saaz hops and this is definately what I pick up and causes the twang that isn't typical in this style of beer, that light grassiness from them. It was noticable in the aroma too. This scores a bit higher than maybe justified due to its uniqueness.

Mouthfeel is rather thin. Flavor barely coats the mouth and doesnt' linger long. Carbonation adds for a refreshing crispness. No hints of the alcohol level which the bottle states at 8.6%.

Okay drinkability. It goes down easy and would be nice on a hot day with its lighter flavor and crispness.

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Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a big off white head. Is this a DIPA? Aroma is odd hops with carmely malts. Taste is malty sweetness, carmels, cocoa, citrus sweetness, and mild hops. Whiskey tango foxtrot. Not an upleasant beer, but very unique. Mouthfeel on the thin side. Fine beer, good deal at $3.99/bomber, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear chestnut body with a generous beige head. Some sheet lacing adorns the glass. Aroma is grapefruity citrus hops, a hint of milk chocolate, and caramel. Nicely carbonated with a medium body. Taste is bitter grapefruity hops, caramel, mild roast, chocolate, and caramel malt. Not exactly an IPA but I don't know what else you'd call it. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

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

Bomber bottle, no freshness/bottling info, but I do like the label's indication showing that this is a hoppy and dark brew. Pours dark mohogony amber, under a short lived tan head, that morphs to a tiny bubble film with a ring remaining around the edges of the glass. Nose is mostly of sweet malt, with some earthy hay mixed in. Easy drinking, sessionable, dark,mostly malty and tasty creation. I like my "IPAs" on the hoppy side and this one could you more of a crunch of that type to make me reach for this one again.

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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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a bottle)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear but a bit dense body of warm brown and a creamy thick light tan head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that keeps the head going for a bit.

S- This beer has a bright green pine hops flavor with some pungent hop note at the finish. As the beer warms there are some faint hints of dark toasted malts but they smell a bit watery.

T- This beer has a bitter pungent green hops taste that is followed by a hint of sweet caramel and a more faint hint of dark toasted malt. There is a slight sour note to the hops and a plastic flavor but the finish is pure bitterness. The bitterness in the hops is a soft dandelion bitterness without the flavor. That bitterness lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and a faint alcohol finish.

D- This beer is all bitterness in the hops and very little malt flavors. I enjoy big hops but there was no flavor to the hops only bitterness. I couldn’t finish this beer it was just not worth it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BarrelHouse- Boss Cox

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Murky reddish brown with a thick foamy/ creamy head. Excelent retention and lacing.
S- Malt, molasses, and a touch of pine.
T- Big molasses/ licorice malt body peppered with an oily pine hop and earthy/ leafy dirty hop.
M- Vry creamy and flavorful throughout with a mild dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very smooth very drinkable, as a previous reviewer said similar to Arrogant Bastard. This is a manly, meat and potatoes kind of beer.

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Photo of scott
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, as the name infers, but clarity isn't diminished. Sweet malt, herbal and medium hop notes to nose and tongue. Thin, which is the opposite of what I expected from the name. Mildly complex, I would sum this beer by calling it intersting. a nice try from the brewer, I would recommend at least giving this one a try.

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

Appearance: It pours a clear, dark reddish brown color. Head is a massive two fingers. Retention was great and a thick coat lace lined the glass.

Smell: Very sweet up front. Great combo of caramel-toffee malts and citrus sweetness (mostly grapefruit, lemon, and mango). Hops are piney and strong.

Taste: Caramel malts and citrus flavors are sweet initially. Hops do provide a bitter factor to it, but not quite like I was expecting. Malt actually balances it out a little too much. Somewhat yeasty and leaves the palate quite dry.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is okay. Relatively smooth and drinkable. Drinkability is somewhat limited by its strength. Overall, it's a pretty good effort.

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Photo of Generik420
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Oktoberfest Zinzinatti in a plastic Solo cup, so it was difficult to get a good look at the color. Creamy tan head, and dark brown beer, but hard to tell how clear the beer was due to the cup. Nice roasty and hoppy aroma, and that would sum up the flavor as well. Pretty bold hop flavor, but not overly bitter, so it goes down smooth. Definitely a big malty sweet flavor lurking in the background on this one, and I think that really helps tone the hop flavor down. Beer felt kind of heavy, but still a very easily drank brew. A very nice beer to discover during the Oktoberfest festival.

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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

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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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a mahogany color with about an inch tan head. It smells like grassy and lemony hops, with some caramel malt in there too. Not an overpowering aroma, but still nice. Although this is an IPA, it's a pretty balanced beer as far as the taste goes. The taste is pretty equal in hops and malt, tasting like grassy/citrus hops, caramel, sweet malt and bread. Mouthfeel is light/medium with medium carbonation, and it's a bit slick and smooth. Drinkability is OK, it goes down easy and the alcohol isn't very noticeable at all. Overall I think it's a decent beer. Not great, but certainly drinkable.

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

I picked this one up when I was last in Ohio. I stopped in when Rick was still there and was able to hang out for a while with him, and got this one directly from the source, along with a fine sampling of the rest of their lineup. Nice 22oz bomber that was pour generously into my Imperial pint glass at cellar temperature.

Appearance - The pour was very dark, with almost a dopplebock color to it, a rich dark brown, with decent enough clarity to let a little bit of a light shine through on the bottom and sides of the glass. A decent two inch head of off white foam then came up over the top and gradually settled down to a decent crown that stayed across the top and a nice amount of side glass lacing.

Smell - The aroma was a malt bomb, at least at first, with rich cereal malts and earthy tones that were dominating the aroma. S it warmed there was a decent touch of pine that started to come out, and that was nice, and helped balance it out much better. Still though, this was a very malty big IPA.

Taste - The flavor was very similar to the aroma, and being driven entirely by the malts put in. There was a deep cereal like bready quality I picked up on, with dark roasted malts thrown in. A touch of a light smoked flavor. Very dark, with the hops not showing up too well at first. Letting it warm seems to have brought out a touch of caramel, and a resin like pine hops that we were looking for. It was somewhat overshadowed again by the caramel and smoky malts, but it was still very good.

Mouthfeel - A very thick beer, especially for the style, I was a bit surprised by how full this actually was. Nice creamy smooth texture and a good carbonation never let it feel dull in anyway and kept the profile lively.

Drinkability - It was a hefty beer coming in at around 9%, but the alcohol was remarkably well covered up. A nice touch of warming from it, but otherwise, this was very drinkable and a very solid beer.

Overall I thought this was very good, and very different from what I have seen in the style before. I would recommend giving this one a shot as it is more then decent and relatively cheep. A solid beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany in color. Thick tan creamy head that holds up well for a while. Sugary toffee, caramel, and slightly fruity aroma. Flavors are slightly fruity, caramel, and earthy hops. Soft carbonation, medium body. Not sure what this is, very interesting. If this is some type of IPA, the hops seem to be losing the battle. Still an interesting experiment.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure copper with 3 fingers of head that dies pretty quick. Very dark for an IPA but it is a self proclaimed double dark IPA. The nose fools you. You get the rush of hops but it is a different hop profile than you expect. Not so much citrus, more of a wet dog/ slightly fruity hop profile. A little dried fruit. Very bitter finish but not the traditional IPA hop finish, its the different hop finish. Medium and crisp in the mouth with a lot of carbonation. This was a little tough to finish. I could see someone liking this different style but going to have to be an aquired taste for me.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Raymond69
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby head , some head , no lacing.

Smell is piny , hoppy , some sweet malt.

The beer approaches barley wine in it's flavor. Good hop bite , with some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick , medium carbonation. It's a bit sweet for my taste.

Overall a decent brew, worth buying again.

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Photo of Cresant
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date noted. The body was cola colored with two fingers of khaki head. Large airy bubbles. Clear body.

Smell was sugary. Candy-like. Lightly floral and a little bit of raisins.

Taste was roasty bitterness. Sweet malts. Lingering grassy hops flavor, but without lots of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel was full of hops oiliness. Abundant carbonation. Medium bodied.

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

On cask at the Dilly Deli. Served in a pint glass. It appears a muddy brown in color with a nice inch of frothy head on top. Looks good. Smell is of a piney brown ale. Taste is hoppy with some earthy bitterness to it. This is possibly the creamiest and "softest" beer I’ve ever drank. It is incredibly smooth on cask. Another very fine beer from Barrelhouse.

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with a nice big fluffy khaki head that lasts and leaves lots of sticky lace down my glass.

Aroma is malty, chocolate hints mixed in with the caramel, some dark fruits peak out. Hops are also noted but subdued compared to the malt. Almost hitting an English barley wine aroma.

Taste is huh little different then I was expecting much more malty the other dark IPA's (Stone XI, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter) nice fruity malty. Lots of caramel mixed with the fruit along with hints of chocolate malts, even hints of peat. Not what I was expecting but find myself enjoying it. Hops do show up citrus, pine even hints of herbal hops. Finish even blends in light spice with hops.

Mouthfeel is is around medium decent level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, enjoyable a little bit different but enjoyed it. Want to thank merlin48 for this treat.

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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...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and dark fruit along with a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is quite well-balanced with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, citrus and a good amount of roasted malts. There’s a very strong hops presence, which when I debated whether or not this was a “Double Dark IPA” or a hoppy porter or stout, made me realize it was definitely the former and not the latter.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, very nice kick, good representation of style while adding a twist to it, this is certainly a most intriguing beer that has a lot of different aspects to it, but it also has all of the favorable qualities to make this beer as drinkable as any beer can be. The only thing I don’t like about this beer is that it’s not available in my area.

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Photo of cameraman
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A reddish amber color with quater inch beige colored head, that slowly laces down the glass. The sweet scent of amlt hits the nose intially, then blends to a citrus and pine fragrances, touches of alchol and dried fruit in there at the end. The malt starts out the flavor, then a mild bitterness comes through and it gradually grows in intensity, after each taste. A medium bodied feel, that gains weight at the very back end, there is the feel of carbonation and alchol at the back of the throat. This an okay IPA, it started out well, but the feel is a turn off and the flavor is mediocre, a fair beer overall.

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BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA from Barrel House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 84 ratings