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RATINGS: 1588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop loverís delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5388) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2016
Aroma and flavor is malts, hops, fruit/citrus, slight earthy funk and a sour/tart/warming alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6216) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, hops, alcohol, citrus, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, dried fruit, hops, malt, raisin, alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
staticGen (2) - - APR 15, 2016 does not count
Poured into large snifter. Nice medium head with light with caramel tones. Light hazy appearance. Color is a reddish golden with a hue of apricot jam in the refracted light. Now for the aroma. Initial fruity sweet notes of tropical pineapple and guava, but strong grapefruit and resinous scents of cedar in this beer. Hints of pepper, eucalyptus or mint in there and some bread and yeast. This beer is full bodied and has significant mouth-feel with each sip. Itís plenty bitter, but is offset with with enough sweetness and a twinge of tart. It ends on a bitter note, having a long finish with lingering flavors of maltiness. Unlike the last beer that I reviewed, this beer is an amazing balance of aromas, flavors and taste that make every sip an experience. Bitter plus sweet. Hoppiness plus maltiness. Itís a symphony where every instrument is in tune. The dry hopping and aroma of this beer is the most exceptional that I have experienced in a bottled beer - bar-none. There is nothing unpleasant about this beer. I paid 7.50 for a 22 ounce bottle at 9.2% abv. You canít buy a better beer at that price.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3564) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of malt and burlap (in the best way). Clear dark brown, tan head, waves of lace. Taste is malt that adds medium carbonation on the swallow, then a slap of hops. The hop "sting" slowly drops, exposing more malt. Big and bold, but not heavy. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xevious (77) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that vanishes quickly. Smells, rather up front, of a complex mixture of hops and floral. Taste, overwhelming bitter hops, some spice a dash of malt , well hidden alcohol with a very hard to find candy finish. Overall? The only major setback is the price, 12$ for a single bottle. But if youíve got the bonepower, get it!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1912) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
With Z , pours a mahogany brown maple color with no head . Nose is sweet caramel, malt and toffee. Taste is very bitterly sweet with strong alcohol . Finishes on the same hoppy bitter heavy malty , and caramel notes. This one packs a punch . Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1845) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bomber. Pours a copper brown with an off white head and aroma of fruits and hops. Taste is bitter, with fruit, alcohol, grapefruit and hops along with caramel and malt into the bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (921) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Big bottle with commonmac during March madness. Alcohol and dark fruit nose. Sweet, medium boozy, good oily mouthfeel. This is a barley wine up my alley.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (262) - - MAR 8, 2016
3/6/16. Bomber. Earthy hop-filled nose. Taste is huge with thick medium roast malt competing with a monster hop profile. Not aged so still a bit raw. I could see the nose largely disappearing w age but the body rounding out nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2839) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Clear Amber with very little head. Aroma is rich caramel, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel and herbal hops.


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