jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with tan off white head. Nose and taste of maple, birch sap, caramel malt, resin and pine. Some earthy and grassy notes and a nutty maltiness. Finishes dryish pine/resin.
dwm1034 (579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber split with sherm1016....thanks! Pours a dark red with thin white head...minimal lacing. Hoppy hose with bitter-ish initial taste...very good. Smooth / hoppy taste with smooth mouth...hoppiness is ’in check’ ...this is one tasty beer. The 8.5% makes it a "no more driving" kind of beer, but worth it...tasty.
sherm1016 (1037) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Sonoma Cellars Delavan, spilt with dwm1034. Pours a dark, reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit, a little toasty. Medium on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready, nutty, toasty, some bitter hops, citrus, with a light bitter finish. Very tasty.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy amber with a tight nit layer of tan cream that remains throughout the session.
Aroma: Fruit flavored hard candy, humongous pine, grapefruit and dank.
Taste: Huge grapefruit and pine, toasty and brown sugar like malt, some fruit sweetness, finishes bitter with a quick tart punch that lasts well after the sip. Very west coast IPA like. A little alcohol is noticeable, this is a very fresh bottle too.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, juicy, average carbonation.
Overall: Big, hoppy, malty and fresh. Don’t dare age this.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent and flavorful imperial red. Big fruit notes, malt is there, hops are a medium to low bitterness.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured fiery reddish-amber with a short smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, juicy fruits (pear, citrus, and some redder stuff).. big, fresh hoppage around.. decadent and very enticing. The flavor carried through.. sweet fruit and biscuity notes at the core with a bit of molasses too.. juicy fruits, resiny pine, and black pepper around.. finished with more of the fruit and a nice spice kick. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus bitterness on the palate.. fresh and well-constructed, and I’m not a fan of the style.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz., ruby in color, aroma of sweet malty bread, floral hops, resinous notes. Moderate sweetness at first, then a strong hop profile emerges that is somewhat astringent, but not in a bad way. The finish seems dry but the bitterness lingers. Don’t usually drink reds, but this is enjoyable.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle split with Anndiesel. Burgundy stained glass red body. Patchy, soapy, off-white head. Mellow aroma, for the ABV. Balanced, very drinkable. Smooth caramel and cherry vanilla notes from the amber malt. Delicate hop balance, takes a little back seat to the rich, clean malt tones, but still has some deoth, showing in the aftertaste. Sort of a really well executed Winter Warmer, lots of fruity ale tones. Great beer.
jcnielsen (1644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Mayor of Old Town on 12/22. Pours a dark red color with white head. Caramel, piney, grassy flavors. Alright, but probably wouldn’t get again.
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from PD. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head which fades to short and leaves heavy lace. Nose is citrus and pine hops, with a touch of medium-roast malt and EtOH. Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Pine, walnuts, biscuit, mandarin orange and toffee. Some spiciness as it warms. Finish is medium, bitter and nutty. Somewhat hot, but tasty.