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RATINGS: 3930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2168) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Pours beautiful amber brown color, almost glowing. Light head that collapses. Aroma is light hops, dark fruit, some sweetness/caramel. Roasted malts up front with dry hoppy flavor on the end, Some dark fruit, alcohol, wood, sweetness. Smooth with a lingering bitterness. This is very complex as stated. Medium to full palate. Excellent. Reality re-rate: first time having this 5 years. What a difference good beer makes. This is a solid hoppy red ale. Middle road at best. -7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2010
(Bottle) rich orange amber, light tan head and great lacing. Nose of big citrus fruits, caramel, huge aromatic hops. Taste of very bitter citrus oils, this is not balanced in the least. Some malt backbone but very little. This is all bitter hops. Creamy and oily mouthfeel buy extremely bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Clear reddish brown pour with off white head. Rich and robust! Smooth to bitter in the mouth with strong roasted malt flavor and the tinge of alcohol. Excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3014) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
Purchased on my trip to Nashville. Pours a clean copper colour with a very nice creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing. I was expecting a hopbomb from the description and all the writing on the bottle. Nope. Yes, hop is present everywhere, but I have tasted IPA hoppier than this. I guess it is more on the alcohol content. Yes, this beer is smooth for 7.2% ABV with no burns. Hoppy here, hoppy there, but not in a dry way. Kind of watery mouthfeel. Maybe a little tart. Still refreshing overall and worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
944play (397) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
22oz in Kwak glass. Clearish red-brown with lasting buff head and silly lacing. Woody, piney, grapefruit, and pineapple nose; a bit of nacho cheedum shows up too. Flavor is brisk, bitter, herbal and resinous, but also a bit sweet, soothing, and rustic; comes off a bit like a homemade cough syrup. Pretty substantial body and long, coating finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Clear, dark amber pour with a sweet malty aroma of medium intensity from a good head sustained throughout the drink. Very full-bodied and complex liquor that was almost simultaneously bitter, sweet and alcoholic AND with a nicely balanced hop/malt profile. This is a complex, intense beer with a long finish. At a recent tasting of about fifteen friends the general consensus was evenly divided: the ale clearly was liked or not liked by the drinker; no taster needed to reserve judgment and mull over a response.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tallboybass (2) - USA - OCT 10, 2010 does not count
I poured a pint from a 22, and I gotta say, it was bitter, very bitter. While I got the other flavors from it, it just was bitter, add had a very dry bitter after taste. I have been a fan of the oaked version of this beer, which I found to be a lot smoother, I have to chalk this experience up to the beer being old or slightly skunked. That being said, I still enjoyed the flavor while drinking the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours a copper color with a medium head. VERY strong and hoppy. Some sweet notes to counter the aggressiveness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark orangey amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by the piney hops, but there’s quite a bit of caramel malt and some dark fruit. Doesn’t achieve a balance -- it’s too bitter for that -- but it is complex and interesting. Long bitter finish. Thick, resinous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle. Hazy coppery dark brown with a light tan head. Toffee, light gapefruit, some sweet malts, dark fruits, and booze in the aroma. Quite balanced, and leans maltier with substantial dark fruitiness, toffee, but finishes pretty dry with iight grapefruit and grassy hops. Medium body with spritzier carbonation.

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