acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich brown with a nice white head. Aroma is much hoppier than I expected, like the summer version (yes, this came from a red/green bottle). In the mouth, though, itís definitely the red ale. While the hops are definitely still present, especially in the bitter finish, lovely malty flavors rise up in the middle to balance. I think I prefer summer (in many ways), but this is definitely worth drinking!
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, big thanks to hogtown harry for sharing yet another alesmith - I donít know how I would have ever tried these beers without your connections, cheers harry, it is much appreciated. Shared with harry and blankboy. Dark hazy orange/brown, small white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma. Incredible balanced sweet malt, full mouthfeel, and hop taste. Not as much hops as aroma suggests, which is good, and they weave perfectly into this near perfect beer. Full flavoured, full mouthfeel and a joy to drink, this beer has earned its high standing here on the site. A true beer drinking delight, not bad as I kick off my next 1000!
mattdmb (5) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden, aroma of citrus. Alcohol finish. Not crazy about this one.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a beautiful medium copper/orange with a fingerís worth of off-white head. Warm, powerfully hoppy aroma (fresh grapefruit and pine tar, dried flower and grass)... held in check by soothing caramel and a subtle spiciness. Very smooth and tingly mouthfeel with some hoppy oiliness to it. Grapefruit and pine bite the tip of the tongue, transitioning to smooth malty caramels and sweet pine notes. Floral hoppage and spices complement the grapefruit and caramel on the warming finish. This was just fantastic!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. Nose is of butterscotch, pine and earhy/grassy hops. Taste is the same with a bitter pine oily alcohol finish. Cardboard and metallic aftertaste. Sorry, i donít get what the big deal is over this, i find it WAYoff the mark and am pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain...did i get a bad bottle?! will end the night on a DFH 90 minute....
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured orange with a white head. Aroma was citrus hops, orange peel, and floral notes. The flavor reminded me of a barley wine. The alcohol was very noticable, and again this just tasted like a poorly made BW. Finishes alcoholic and really dry.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa, take a look at that head! Big, billowy and NEVER goes away. Not like your typical IPA. Kinda like the offspring of an IPA and a barley wine. Lots of sweet, malty flavor in here, very reminiscent of a barley wine, but plenty of dry, grassy hop bite and a hint of citrus. Very nice.
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bottle. Poured a nice amber color, with a Huge head, nice lacing. Alot of citrus, resin, Tons of hops, Great flavor. Not too noticable alcohol, could have mellowed from age, but not much.. Awesome
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is good stuff. Surprising amount of malt. Nice baking spices, quite thick mouthfeel. Donít know if it quite lives up to the hype, but it is pretty good beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber color. Beautiful off-white to tan head. Head is long lived, lacing is phenominal!! The entire Christmas tree must have been wrung into this beer!!! Just a huge pine aroma. Exquisitely balanced with malt and hop. Sweet malt and piney/floral hop in flavor. Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Truly delightful.