donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Bottled 11/02/15 Enjoy by 01/31/2015
Today is 01/19/2016
Appearance: Deep red, small off white head, with lacing
Smell: Not a lot of aroma
Taste: More on the bitterness, nice follow through
Mouthfeel: Creamy and fizzy
Overall: Excellent beer, will definitely try again and
tricksta_p (2987) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam. Aroma is big malt, plenty of caramel, toffee, hops, pine resin, fruits, tropical notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and heavily bitter. Body is above medium. Heavy and big beer, strong rich malty and bitter. Vey enjoyable.
UXO (1282) - CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: clear medium to deep amber with one fat finger of dense light tan head, good retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee, pine, citrus, tobacco, mild vanilla, hint of spicy rye. (10/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, strong bitter. (10/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (5/5)
Well, on the one hand, this is probably a fresher version than my prior experience with this beer, making the hops much more emphatic. On the other, Iíve had a lot more experience since first giving this a perfect score. Iíll be honest: itís tough being unbiased here now. Itís definitely not ďperfectĒ - for example, the lacing could be better-defined. But, is that a flaw that justifies dropping a whole point, from 5/5 to 4/5? I donít (quite) think so. Same goes for some of the minor character flaws in the aroma and flavour. And for obvious reasons, some (most?) people will find it too aggressive, while I, as a major hop-head, donít. At the end of the day, Itís close enough to perfect that my subjective single point penalty here in the overall doesnít affect the final score. (19/20)
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is vegetal hops, minor malts. Taste is bitter and vegetal. Not getting enough malt balance. Disappointing.
HopsandBolts (254) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
clear dark amber brown with next to no head. That said, there is a bit of lacing left behind.
Malt, caramel, toffee, hint of grapefruit with a very slight bitterness on the finish.
Average viscosity with lower carbonation.
Overall: A nice ale with malty flavours coming through but it also has a hint of citrus with some grapefruit coming out. I found this one to be fairly easy drinking. This bottle was just slightly past its best by date so I suspect the hops might have been more intense if it were fresher.
kingaugusta (180) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber with a quick offwhite head. Nose is full of bitter hops and an almost syrup sweetness. Flavor is aggressive as advertised with plenty of bitterness and a thick malt. Finish is long and sticky.
DonPiano (79) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber colored and a white smooth head. Hoppy and malty aromas, with a strong and pleasant bitterness.
Brentv (611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber, pours red with a one-finger yellow head. Aroma and taste of caramel. Taste is in-your-face bitter caramel, some citrus with a gentle sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish. This is a big beer that I keep coming back to. It surprised me that I hadnít rated it before. The marketing is a bit arrogant, but, yeah, I like this one.
hauxe (284) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from old notes. A dry hopped ale the color of muddy water. Flowery smell, although any fruitiness in the taste is overwhelmed by the hops. Threatens to wear out its welcome, like an arrogant bastard, but is okay if sipped slowly and patiently
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in the dining room again.
Pours a dark amber with a huge head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hop forward with some pine and some citrus. Itís got a big bunch of caramel sweetness and some bug spray going on there as well. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Cohesive enough, but not really something I find especially inviting.
The flavor is really just a lot of stuff crammed together, this is how Iíve always felt about this beer and I go back time and time again to see what Iím missing out on. Itís all bitter and sweet and Itís got lots of crystal malt, itís got a pronounced roastiness, lots of grapefruit, lots of bitterness, lots of leafy hops, lots of pine. Nothing really plays nicely, everything is just brash and feels random.
I mean, itís a classic of the style (Imperial Amber I guess...) but thatís not a style of beer I like. It seems like the marketing pulls in a lot of young beer drinkers as a gateway thing, and yeah... if you can get "into" this then youíre ready to tackle the broad world of craft beer, but yeah.... itís just never been my thing.