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RATINGS: 3592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


hogan873's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
Deep brown body with a thick tan head that leaves considerable lacing. Malty sweet aroma with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very engaging flavor and ever-changing. Throughout, the caramel and brown sugar sweetness is there. Then there’s hints of dark fruit, burnt sugar, and finally pine and bitter grapefruit at the end. I hope I’m good enough for this beer because I like it.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1507) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Keg draught half pint at the Head of Steam, Durham. Deep reddish brown body. Thin off white head. Malt and red fruit. Cherries. Some sour limes. Sherbet. Bitter with sweet notes. Dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (133) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle (22oz $5): Pours a clear dark red with off white head. Lots of hopps, lots of malt Citrus smell. Pretty good beer but I personally do not like the bitter after taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angel77 (947) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
Botella de 65 cl en cimmeria 12-09-2014 (cata). Edición 2014. Color ámbar oscuro cobrizo turbio. Aromas bastante lupulados con toques de caramelos ligeramente tostados. Cuerpo medio con 7.2 vol. Sabores iniciales que recuerdan a las red ales con tonos maltosos dulces de caramelos ligeramente tostados, aunque por poco tiempo pues el regusto amargo seco se va incrementando cada vez mas, perdurando durante un buen rato en boca. Bastante buena, increíble final amargo seco duradero. Gran cerveza.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (136) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Very dark amber/red with this off white head. Aroma is malty with some fruit. Complex malty flavor with a little citrus finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bootlegger007 (44) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
Hoppy fruity aroma, pours a dark murky red, lots of hops and leaves with a bitter aftertaste, full bodied and creamy, did I mention hops, excellent ale, I am worthy.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintZymurgy (7) - Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2014 does not count
Bomber (enjoy by 10.2.14) - Dark transparent ruby. 1 finger off white head. Just all around good. Evenly malt & hop balance. The slight high abv is not noticeable. Personally, a beer many may enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4525) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
22oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. An attractive deep copper colour with a thick, frothy, cream head, looking like a good English ESB; inviting caramel malt aroma; thick malty body with the sweetness very nicely balanced by some powerful hops that add a woody dryness and a touch of spice; the finish is long resinous and dry with some lingering biscuity malts and a hint of grapefruit. A really good sipping beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pabloscafe (21) - - AUG 29, 2014
I have start with a slight proviso...I had a few before trying this one and it probably...almost definately tipped me over the edge...I started dancing for crying out loud! Its a poky little number, drinks very well and I enjoyed it alot. I don’t remember and especially lively aroma and its on the belgian side of ales style wise. Hmmm, will have to try it again to be sure.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
myuseraccount (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
They’re right, I don’t like it. Beer doesn’t have to be about a pissing contest. I’ve had far smoother whiskeys straight.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1201) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-23-13- Served on tap in a snifter glass Appearance-Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby highlights shining throughout. Upon serving there is a one finger cream colored head that fades rather quickly to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of bready malts, caramel, and a moderate hop aroma. The hop while mainly grapefruit citrus in nature is also mixed with aromas of a pine hop aroma as well. Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit base with a lighter caramel sweetness. Up front there are also some hop flavors of a pine nature. The caramel fades as the taste advanced with the pine getting stronger and more potent. While the caramel fades, fruit flavors of a light cherry and apple flavor come to the tongue. While the pine levels out in the middle, it is joined by a lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavor. This citrus grows stronger more toward the end of the taste with it, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaving a bitter pine and citrus flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is a b it on the higher side. The creaminess allows all the hop flavors of the brew a chance to linger on the tongue, while the carbonation level makes it easier drinking and more refreshing. Overall – A quite tasty brew. It’s on the hoppier side, but balanced quite nicely by the sweeter fruit, caramel, and more malty flavors of the brew. Its well know for a good reason; its quite a good moderate strength IPA.


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