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RATINGS: 3729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


tambrico's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
This was the first craft beer I ever tried, which was about 3 years ago, and I remember thinking it tasted like tree bark. I couldnít get past a few sips from the bottle. Now that Iím older I feel as if I can fully appreciate this beast. Hoppy aroma with some pine scents. When you drink it, it starts nice and smooth and sweet with said pine notes and some minor lemony and grapefruity flavors as well, but then you begin to notice the carbonation and the flavor profile quickly shifts to bitter and remains that way for the finish. Itís this quick flavor shift quality that makes this beer really complex and interesting to me. I love the appearance of this beer. Hold it up to a light source. Itís blood red with a nice thick head. Great beer thatís fun to drink at parties.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (116) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 31, 2015
Deep ruby colored, small beige head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee and some but not too strong citrusy hops. Taste medium sweet caramel, toffee, a bit toasty malt, some dark fruits, moderately citrus hoppy. Dry, quite bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPagan5 (76) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Awesome brew excellent hop pine citrus aroma, big hop character, nice malty, only reason didnít give t aste a perfect is a little too much caramel for me. Others may like it more...just my two pennies, other than that excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FknClownshoes (26) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2015
Pours a dark cherry red , slightly cloudy with a nice dense tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Reeks of hops, with some cereal grain style malts going on, smells sticky (toffee). Taste is big and bold hops balanced out by the candy/caramel malts, some underlying stone fruit flavors. The bitterness is unrelenting, which is fine by me!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (19) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from Market Basket, Epping NH. Aroma is mostly hoppy with slight basement smell Appearance is beautiful reddish amber with large, persistent, off white, foamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is more bitter than sweet, owing to the hops, and is a hair more hoppy than I tend to like but itís not over the edge. Palate is medium bodied with light carbonation noted at the tip of the tongue. Pleasant long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 29, 2015
Aroma caramel, basement aromas, Appearance red, clear, tan foam, Taste light sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joejames (273) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear deep amber/red, quick one finger off white hear. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of smoked malt and pine. Taste is slightly sweet caramel but predominately bitter. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, resin oil mouth feel. Finishes long and bitter. Tasting notes of pine, apricot, smoked malts, caramel, burnt sugar and coffee. A very complex beer worthy of itís reputation as a bitter strong ale.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Not something i would have bought my self so was glad to review the bastard box set for the holidays. Not one who enjoys overly hoppy beers. This beer is full of aggressive hops. The level of malt in it keeps this beer tolerable for me while still focusing heavily on the hops. I can understand why these beers appeal to craft beer drinkers who like hops. Just not my thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4260) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Poured reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit and caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet, increasingly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (510) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Bottle from Haskells. Consumed in Moeder Lambic glass. Forgot how dark this one pours. Copper/amber. Minimal head. Aroma has some sweet elements but pine/citrus/hops come on strong. Gives way to a blast of hops that grabs you by the taste buds and never lets go. Basically a hop filled ride with resiny aftertaste. It definitely owns its hop commitment. Mouthfeel is cloying. You donít want to drink this before other beers. It doesnít play well in the sandbox.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Haskells with commonmac. Dark mahogany with small head. Smells hoppy. Very drying, powerful hop taste . Strong hop dominates but finish is nice. Tiny bit of roasted malt but not as much as expected. Maybe some subtle syrupy elements. Could definitely tell this was a stone beer. Powerful and arrogant for sure.


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