nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a medium tan head. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt and hints of hops. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Deep malt and balanced hop notes without a trace of overpowering alcohol even though 9.5%. Nice sweet and bitter finish. Superb brew
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from San Diego. I have had a couple of these in trade and always sent them on when I felt I was short in a trade. Nice to finally open a bottle. Huge lasting light brown head. Dirty red copper beer. Big grapefruit IPA hop nose. Plenty of malt in a woody base. Alcohol yes but not dominant, felt more in the effect than in the taste. Nicely balanced IIPA.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of JCB (thanks!). Poured reddish-amber with sizeable head. Aroma of citrus and pine, along with some malty sweetness. Upon tasting, got a bit of caramel sweetness and some barleywine fruitiness and hop bitterness in the back. Finished bitter, and somewhat thick. Took me a while to get through the whole thing. Certainly a good beer, but I felt like something was missing; perhaps a bit more hoppiness at the end
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a large head. Aroma is citrus with a big malt backbone, some spices. A sugary sweetness balanced by a solid bitterness.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, poured a huge head, dark orange red. Smells of citrus and pine, and left a nice lacing. Taste the fruit, citrus and pine. Good stuff.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz sampled with thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a clear amber with a tall white head with orange tints. Aroma is abundant and interesting, citrus, orange lemon, vanilla, cream, and sweet. Sweet flavors, citrus, orange, and a bit of alcohol going into a piney citrus bitter finish. I enjoyed this one but the orange and really malty sweet flavors became a little old as I drank on. Tasty though, I’d like to try it fresh from the tap.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, poured a deep amber color with a thick white head. Copious aromas of floral and citrus hops penetrating through the thick malty curtain. Very heavy flavor, lots going on, nice balance between hops and malt. A bomber was tough to drink in one sitting just because it was so thick. A nice beer but I enjoy the summer version much better.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 22oz, about 6months of age on it so i’ll have to re-rate fresh. pours reddish brown with big off-white head. nose has big caramelly malts with healthy hop kick in the background. flavor is still pretty bitter but definetly on the malty side of ASA. big caramel and toffee malts combined with PNW hops. alcohol is well hidden. carbination is medium. a tasty brew indeed but i think i’d like to have this fresh or aged 2 years.3.9.
11/08 - 2006 vintage aged 2 years and wow this aged so poorly! cooked vegetables with nothing really left over. gross.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark bronze/copper color. Big aroma, balanced with malt & hops. Tremendous big, rich and coating mouth feel, which seems to elevate the flavors. Fantastic flavor, which is more malt accented. The malt is so decadent and provides an astounding flavor of caramel and big fruit. Then come the hops, which deliver underlying pine, exceptional bitterness and a great citrusy finish. This is one hell of a beer.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 22 oz bomber...nice offering from Alesmith...had to re-rate, last time I had this was about 9 months ago. A lot better this time around, weird how that palate changes huh? Reminds me of the Dead by Dawn 2006 but with a little more bitter hop character and a great level of overall balance. I tad on the sweet side - so if that isn’t your thing, it def won’t be your favorite