frankenkitty (2004) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally rated on 3/22/2006, but I have to move my rating now that YuleSmith has split.
Pours a thick, deep copper, mostly flat, topped with a rocky, ecru head that lasts and laces. Amazingly delicious, multi-layered aromas, starting with baked bread, becoming sweet muffins with citrusy tangerine & prune, coriander & clove, lily & pine, ending with alcohol as it warms. Incredible. Big malts temper big hops. Thick & syrupy, I wished for a bit of carbonation to help liven the mouth and further spread the flavors of rich caramel, sweet citrics, raisin and milk chocolate. I could only find two things wrong with YuleSmith... an effervescent kick would complexify the palate; and better availability in the Chicagoland area would be a big plus!
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cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle - Color as described: clear and copper. Light off white head that lasts. Has a sweet floral hop aroma with some malt in the background. Flavor is well balanced. Has a very smooth bitterness. This beer is so smooth. Medium body. No alcohol warming. An excellent beer!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine and slight chocolatiness. Pours is nice orange with a smooth, silky head. Flavor is pretty balanced between the up front hops and late malts... it doesnít work in its favor though because the malts are too thin to really back up the intense hopping. When going for balance in an IIPA I feel you need very rich malting, otherwise just donít bother at all and go all out hops, which is fine too. The palate is pretty thick with nice tongue scraping bitterness but not quite as syrupy and rich as I would like. Still, a fabulous beer, especially for the price ($4 for a bomber, compared to 10 for a dreadnaught).
eaglefan538 (3016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to doulos31 for scoring this one! Poured a nice amber color with a very pillowy head. Lots of sedimentation. Aroma was of light pines, citrus, resinous, light grapefruits, and a bready scent. The flavor was much of the same, supported by a malty base and alcohol that wasnít hiding. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy and carbonated. I dunno, not all that impressive, given the hype. Flavor was somewhat straight forward and indistinguishable from other good but not great samples of the style.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, the pour was a nice clear strawberry color until I got some sediment in there; now itís a bit cloudy, but the head is massive and well-retained - very bright, crisp hop aroma, with a lot of american barleywine-like smells (lots of caramel malt, light and dark fruit, background alcohol) - very smooth mouthfeel, even though the carbonation is fairly high - bracing hops up front, followed by an almost sticky malt sweetness - caramel, strawberry, cherry, a hint of sweetened grapefruit - almost everything about this beer says barleywine to me - very tasty stuff - many thanks to herbjones for hooking me up.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap @ hollingshead deli.damn this is good!wonderful malt/hops balance with a nice spicey finish.reminds me of s.n. celebration,but a bit smoother,and with more kick.wonderful!!!!
snowden719 (130) - USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Pours dark amber/orange with a giant off white head. Nosa has a lot of caramel malt, citric hops, pine hops. Nice balance in the nose. Flavor is huge, progresses nicely from malt to hop bitterness.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is hop spicy, grapefruity and citrusy. Big bodied IPA. Big and bold yet, not over the top like most West Coast IPA. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are wild, spicy, piney and grapefruity. In the IPA spectrum this one is between 3 Floyds Dreadnaught and Stone IPA. Itís a hop fest, without being too bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Etched beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. VERY NICE BEER!
mjg74 (2951) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma is rich and hoppy. A little bit of sweet/spice smell. A little alcohol as well. Flavor is hoppy with a malt presence. Seems to be a bit of spice. The alcohol is present but doesnít harm the taste.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of saarlander. Starts out by pouring a near red with a nice white head. Rosey scents dominate the initial pour, followed by some grapefruity notes, autumn leaves and grass. Great initial taste with peppery bitterness dominating the taste buds followed with some nice malty notes on the finish.