Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, - OCT 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
gorgeous mahogany colour with reddish latte coloured head. Crystal malt, amber and apricot aromas along with redwood, sweet figs and toffee brittle. I could go on... I will go on: spruce and pine resin. To taste there is an immediate FARK! noise as I realise what I’ve put in my mouth. There was a full-on blast of competing flavours like an explosion at a caramel factory with apricot, glace orange peel, resin, chlorophyll and just every available adjective to describe American hops. This is just an excelsis of malt, hops and anger. It has the remarkable effect of numbing the back of the tongue like a throat lolly. To be fair, the label does suggest it will be an aggessive ale.
"This beer hangs on to the parts of the mouth you don’t expect them to and then gives you a thump." said my learned off-sider Ari.
There’s just so much more that could be written about this remarkable, remarkable ale.
This just describes for me the American ethos of bigger, better, faster. Remarkable.
valleyann83 (16) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red clear light tan head. Loads of malt and spicy hops. Flavor malty and very hoppy. Very rich and not sweet as some malty big beers are.
ABT_S54 (241) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
50cl bottle served in a pint glass. Pours dark amber/red with a nice light tan head with good retention. Aroma is massive hoppiness and flowery notes. Taste is more of the same backed with malt but not so much as to detract from the party piece which is clearly the hops. Grapefruit, pine and all the usual suspects are evident in this with both sweetness and bitterness vying for supremacy - although the puckering bitterness wins hands down. One of my favourites.
JefVerstraete (1930) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bursprak. Many thanks! Dark amber/red colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruit and pine. Hoppy finish. Sweet and light bitter. Ok beer.
tekstr1der (112) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful looking brew - deep, clear garnet topped with sticky off-white head. Smells of citrus, caramel and alcohol. Flavors are bold indeed - pine and grapefruit leaving a lasting, heavy bitterness.
angelkostvo (810) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating number 800. Mahogany colour, off white head. Aroma of caramel, wet wood, not a lot of the aroma actually. Taste is light sweet, very bitter, the aftertaste is not very plesant, is astrengent as fuck. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. I guess I was expecting a lot. A bit of a let down...
paintedmaple (499) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
220z bottle...I realize that this is now a classic and that there was a time that this was ’edgy’ beer...not anymore. Today this stuff is barely average. Overly sweet and sticky with zero hop high notes - only enough bitterness to balance some of the sweetness. First time I’ve had this in years and hopefully it will be awhile until I have another.
Ngejo (481) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - APR 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Clear, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.
RobertLiley1 (40) - - APR 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely an American strong ale!!!
Pours a very dark color a strong malt flavor initially but finishes a very very bitter finish if you like bitter beer face this is for you !!!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fletchfighters (1205) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ML bottle
Non grey so yay!
Dark crimson color, light tan head. Good head that falls to a thick collar.
Nose is caramel, pine, citrus and biscuit. Well balanced nose.
Forward and backward bitterness. Smoothed out by the caramel. Lots of pine, grapefruit and citrus. Medium bodied, slightly sweet and very well balanced. Classic beer from the US for what it represented
smallfry (158) - - APR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Tap) Really nice aroma and flavor! Just, a little too bitter and astringent aftertaste.