Gachupines (746) - USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red/amber color with a decent white head. Aroma is hops and pine with some slight caramel. Flavor is strong hops balanced by big malt. Piney and a little sticky with a finish that has hints of caramel and toffee. Excellent beer.
seth_lfod (251) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Nick... Thanks! Deep amber pour, slight off white head. Aroma is citrus his and caramel malts. Taste follows, not overly sweet. Good holiday beer.
gmb5127 (176) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer really smells like an IPA, full of hops and pine. Taste is bitter with pine and some dark fruits, solid beer.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mari's. Pours a clear red-orange amber color. The head is full and tan colored. As it dissipates it leaves a full lacing. Some hops shine through is the aroma but mostly malty. Smells like pine mixed with caramel and dark fruits. The taste is very balanced but on the bitter side. Notes of caramel come through on the back of the taste.
Tranquillity (1381) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red, mushy beige head. Extremely hoppy aroma, with a fruity christmas note. The taste is hoppy and the finish is long.
Kingi (420) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet fruity and mmalty aroma, hint of alcohol. Clear rubycopper Colour talo head. Taste is heavy bitterness, Dry, hint of sweetness. Finish is,Dry heavy bitterness With sturdy sweetness underneath. Body is Full creamy, average carbonation,
cenzu (7) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
great balanced beer, the taste is full of flavour and it has a beautiful red tinted color
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KennethArd (121) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very balanced hoppy aroma, with lightly sweet malt notes. Red brown color with large creamy head. Packed with nice hops, spices and smooth and elegent malt sweetness. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and long bitter finish.
Dermi (560) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml, bottled. Pours clear ruby with a nice white head. Aroma: Toasted malt, balanced and noticeable hopping. Taste: Pleasantly hoppy. Good malty background. Nice hoppy bitterness and some fruity sweetness background. Palate: Full body, pleasantly bitter. Dry. Very well balanced. Excellent.
ineedbeer (428) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating a 2010 bottle that says 8.5% ABV.
Aroma is very malty and similar to a barleywine. Lots of caramel and toasted bread with some honey and sherry notes from oxidation setting in. Medium hours but it is fading with more resin and dankness than fruitiness; there is some grapefruit though.
Pours a fairly clear brilliant amber-ruby red with a thin slightly off white head that quickly recedes to the edges. Light leaving and faint legs.
Flavor is again similar to an aged barleywine. Moderately strong Malt character of caramel, toasted bread and some crackers. Moderate hop flavor of pine resin, dank forest and grapefruit. Bitterness is moderately strong. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering caramel notes and dank, resinous hop character.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Life astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer but nothing super special either. The hoops are fading and aster less bright, but they still contribute a lot of character. This really is like a barleywine at this point in time.
mile (2450) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, caramel and tropical fruitiness, lots of grapefruit hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, caramel and some tropical fruitiness, grapefruit hoppyness, light alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish, caramel and light tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - some piney hoppyness, some alcohol. Caramel sweetish strong ale/IIPA. Really nice bitterness but way too much caramel for me - also quite a lot of alcohol in the finish. Summer version is far better.