Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours out to a hazy chestnut red that light barely penetrates. Aromas rise from my glass in well-defined stages: first, cinnamon and woods, followed by mandarin orange and bright citrus hoppiness, finished with rich caramel malt. Tastes of brown sugar cake and toffee, some leather and outdoorsy hops as it finishes. Rich and complex, intensely concetrated, and very amiable. Cheers!
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JAN 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was really hoping for something exceptional, and this really wasnít, though it was good. It poured with a huge beige head and was quite coppery. To me it was too sweet and cloying and I certainly didnít get the hops as promised. Iíll skip this in the future. Thanks to Andrew Crawford for bringing this back from CA.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber. Smell of hops, malt, alcohol, pine, rye, caramel, toffee, spice and sugar. Taste the same but better. Also could taste some salt and just a slight hint of coffee??? Great beer! Thanks Brewblackhole
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with hopdog. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color with average off-white head. Aroma is sweet of apricots, plums and caramel. Flavor is lightly citrus hops with lots of caramel and sweet fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Quite refreshing... hides alcohol very well.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Marcus. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is heavy caramel, some citrus and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel and resinous piney hops. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent, bitter finish.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops and sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and hoppy with sweet malt in the background.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with WeeHeavySD. Pours an amber color with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, pine and more hops. Taste is of caramel and bitter sweet hops. Has a strong grapefruit flavor that finishes very dry. Nice IIPA!
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. This is almost like red ale concentrate. There is so much beer flavor per sip that it is almost overwhelming, which is not a bad thing. Worth it.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve been drinking this since thanksgiving, but i still donít think i can do this beer justice. out of the growler its come deep amber with a thick white head. candi sweet aroma with a healthy dose of hops. Flaqvor too has a complex sweetness balence with a solid amount of hoppiness. My last growler fill was the last of the season, and i canít wait till next year
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber, no date, though Iím fairly sure itís an í06. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a lively four finger head that takes ten minutes to fade enough to drink. Maybe I let this get a little too warm. Aroma of resiny, piney, and spicy hops, some dusty caramelly malts. This kinda reminds me of Founders Redís Rye. Flavor is a bit more straight bitterness and alcohol, though the hops are still apparent. A bit of toasty malts and some vinous charascteristics are in there as well. To be noted, ETOH isnít hidden too well. Finish is dry. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty good brew.