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RATINGS: 3721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (916) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Aroma is honey, roasted malts, caramel, and light tanin bitterness. Taste is sweet malts balanced very well with the hop profile. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (403) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bomber, mahogany pour with creamy lasting light tan head, decent lacing, sweet malt, some dried fruit\prune, roasted, some wood, some bitterness at the end as well as some pronounced yeast, more resin than citrus not as overly aggressive as advertised

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazy_cat_lady (182) - - FEB 13, 2015
On tap at beerbistro. Warm brown with off white head. Lovely lacing on the pint glass. Very upfront bitter flavour that dissipates quickly. Not overly fond the first few sips, but it started to grow on me. Touch of caramel and toffee, but overpowered by the bitterness. Not bad, but not my favourite. Ended up not being able to finish my glass. Way too bitter for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2164) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2015
Pours brown with a fading head. Nose shows sweet rich malt, caramel, piny and resinous hops. Similar rich, malty and bitter flavours. Comes off a little abrasive, could use a bit more sweet clean malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpreo (1848) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Having enjoyed other American Strong Ales, Barleywines, and Russian Imperial Stouts, this one was not as tough as it wishes it was. It is delicious, however.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvp (169) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Kind of a grainy aroma. Dark reddish brown hue with a off white head. Strong flavor that isn’t over powering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abrakarl (372) - SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Maybe there was something wrong with this one? Had it on tap and it was nowhere near the double bastard I like so much. Weak aroma and decent flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (679) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
1pt 6fl oz @ brauhaus, Edinburgh. Body is hazy rusty deep amber, small particles, head is medium tan rocky, fully lasting excellent lacing. Nose is floral, aroma is woody, grass, hemp, licorice, roasty. Light sweet heavy roasty and hoppy bitter, light sour. Full body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Not too easy, great dessert beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (571) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2015
DATE TASTED: February 6, 2015... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: Cavs going for thirteen in a row--tying a franchise record?... APPEARANCE: serious dark brown body with steady effervescence; thick as snow, creamy, chunky off-white head that craters and clings... AROMA: instant pineapple and peach erupt; earthier textures blanket the scent with caramel malts and some interesting yeasts... PALATE: a powerful, mouth-awakening grip that tingles the teeth to the ears; creamy, formidable, and crunchy--in other words, a balanced ale...TASTE: as expected, a brutal malt swamp that holds its ground against a hop-laden West Coast citrus pucker--quite agreeable in its arrogance; love the lingering bitterness on the tongue and teeth, even as the strength of the malt dissipates...OVERALL: an American classic that lives up to its hype again and again--attractive, strong, assertive, alcoholic, reasonably priced and available in bombers or sixes; a versatile and instant mood changer, despite the Cavs’ losing...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1451) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Solid. There's not much more I can say than what others have said. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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