cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice tan head. The smell is not overpowering, but I do note some pine smell in there. I also note a little spice in the back, but I canít place it. This is very balanced, but I do catch the hops on this one. Definitely not overpowering. Easy to drink, but still enjoyable. Definitely a bit sticky in the background.
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 (416) - 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 (2443) - 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.
TBone (11131) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 660ml from Alko
Deep amber-copper clear color, good off-white head and lace. Aroma is piney and bready, a touch of alcohol and sweetness too. Medium to full-bodied. Caramel malty backbone and on top resiny-piney hoppyness leading to resiny and slighlty sweet aftertaste. Some saltyness. Sweetness eases the bitterness, drinkability is good. Maybe not as good as score here, but enjoyable.
umich03jm (1303) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a big foamy head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aromas are caramel, melons, apples, pine, and grass. Taste is very malty, lots of caramel, biscuits and bready malt. Minor grassy hops show in the finish. Medium body, warming finish. Decent imperial red, I expected more based on the ratings.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, huge head. Smell is pine and spice. Flavor is sweet, but not quite overly so. Pine and traditional hop character. Want it to be dryer but as a "winter warmer" it is interesting.
TET (1291) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beutiful beer, colour is dark red, a head is big and slightly yellow. The nose is tastefull, lots of fruits and fructose, strawberries and some caramell. Against the sweet elements there are also strong hoppyness as a fresh pine forest with some citrusfruits. Taste is powerfull, rich of malts, some fruits, strong piney bitterness, some dry and resiny woods, also hint of caramell. Dryer than I expected after the aroma. Almost full bodied, mild carbonation, smooth to drink, but the strong bitterness punish the mouth. A very good beer, complex with the great balance.
Danyel (303) - Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with tan head. Has a hoppy, piney, resinous aroma. Very malty and caramelly upfront and finishes very bitter and piney. Itís unique. Good but not my favorite.
SmokeyDaBear (118) - - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper color. Smells and tastes very hoppy. Tastes nutty. Kinda hard for me to drink.
Azand222 (141) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Bottle pours a rich copper orange, with a decent cream head. The aroma is very hoppy, and caramely too. The taste is rich, hoppy to start with a strong caramel in the finish. Overall sweet and rich, a good beer.