Kauge (1037) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Beerbistro in Toronto. Near clear ruby / mahogany / amber with good tan head and great lacing. Loooads of toast, resin, stone fruits (ripe, tropical), prunes, nuts and raisins. Probably the toastiest beer Iíve ever had. Sweet, and extremely bitter. Itís excellent, itís unlike anything Iíve had before. Grapefruit seed bitter finish. So soothing, so... kinda mellow I should say, yet so firm. Like a strong friendly manhug from someone you idolize. Itís fckn great!
bbertels (281) - NORWAY - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is not much - a bit surprising. May the thick foam be blocking? But the taste! Rich, richer, richest. Aroma is nutty, malty, hoppy but what else? coffee-ipaesque notes, black tea that has sat too long. Even some red fruit! Umami, cream and chocolate. Toasted bread. Complex is a cliche normally but this is the exception. This is the real full-bodied deal.
davidezdonz (140) - , HONG KONG - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 22 oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 9th October 2015 and poured into a snifter glass. Poured a very nice clear dark copper amber colour with a one finger tanned head with low retention but leaves spotty lacing. There were strong caramel malt aromas followed by maple syrup, toffee, almond and pineapple. Also hints of minerals and piney hops towards the finish. Taste was sweet-ish roasted caramel malts mixed with grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. The finish is a very nice long lasting bitterness. Mid to full bodied with medium carbonation and nice light alcohol warmth. Overall, I havenít had the chance to try many American Strong Ales, but this one was really good. Great balance and the lasting bitterness at the end along with the light alcohol warmth make it really enjoyable.
nazbion (196) - TŁbingen, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with persistent creamy beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, bread, pine and some spices. Taste is sweet and bitter, with lingering bitterness. Medium body, sticky, alcohol well inserted. A great craft for sure.
MarcoDL (3382) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting. Copper color. Aroma of caramelised malt and pine mostly. Simple taste of caramel, malt, pine and a dry grassy finish. Nice, but really overrated.
ANZUShophunter (206) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Prince Alfred Hotel, Ipswich. Copper in colour with a frothy head and nice lacing. Rich malt profile with a strong bitter palate that make it one strong brew as advertised. One to be savoured.
Torrefacto (1171) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caoba oscuro limpio y espuma beis compacta. Aromas de frutos rojos, melaza, especias, anis, naranja, pino. Cuerpo meloso medio, sabor inicial dulce, frutos rojos, anŪs, melaza y final de amargor intenso y resinoso.
Achel (306) - Ioannina, GREECE - SEP 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep red beer with a beutiful head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol and berries. The flavor is very complex with notes of cowberries, grass and enourmous amounts of hops which makes the end extremely grassy and dry. A wonderful beer.
yy0pp (1068) - - SEP 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Deep amber color with tiny head. Aroma - Strawberry marmelade, dark fruit, caramel. Taste - Light sweetness, very bitter, pine, toffee, citrus, herbs. Great.
sulawang (832) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours deep translucent reddish-brown with a gorgeous super frothy lasting head, very sticky thick lacing, 2mm retention, barely any activity - a bubble here and there.
Nose: light toasted caramel malts, a touch of booze, citrusy hop cones. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: immediate biting bitter hops, silky-micro bubbly feel
Mid-palate: metallic, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malts, brown sugar, pine hops
Finish: bold hoppy bitter dryness, grass, bitter finish.
Summary: Full-bodied, great texture, bold bitter hops, sweet malty mids = overall great balance and complexity to keeps you sipping and flavour searching. Could be a little less aggressively bitter at the finish.