Leighton (10544) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a rich, maroon-ruby with a sturdy white head. Strong hop aroma, some citrus, and plenty of sweet malts as well. Very sweet flavor, some dark fruit notes. Hints of bitterness sneak through the extremely sweet character of the beer. Body is thick and somewhat syrupy, with a lingering sticky finish. Really intense and really good.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. One of the best beers of the night from BP! Pours a nice deep amber red with a thin lasting white head. Aroma is very nice- big grapefruity citrus hops, some orange oils, and some pine needle and mango mixed nicely with a great balance of caramel and toasted malts, toffee and light sweetness to balance out the hops- not too sharp with the crystal malts either which was nice. Flavor is similar- mostly skewed to the mango tropical and grapefruity hops, some lemon and great full malty backbone without getting too sweet or sharp or harsh. Good hop bitterness- clean. Nice!
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Coppery amber pour with no head by the time it arrived. Predominantly hoppy aroma. Taste mostly bitter with some alcohol warmth. Very bitter lasting the finish. Not my favourite.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a light copper. Nose is hoppy an a touch sweet. First thing I got was malt then a ton of pineapple notes and hops. Very bitter in the finish. It’s like a red strong. And strong it is, comes with some warmth in the finish. Pretty damn good.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very strong alcohol. powerful punch of hop bitterness. but still very floral and not over the top.
boFNjackson (4119) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a Portland BA/RB tasting... Poured a rust-like red/amber tone with a khaki head. Fruity, estery, big hops, sand solid malts for balance. Nice alcohol heat towards the finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! clear copper with eggy white head; sharp, bitter hops; malty sweet; texture is on the thin side; hoppy, sharp, sweet and crazy dry; nothing subtle here; quite malty and expectedly a little over the top
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent breew! Another gem by Ballast Point. Growler poured into stemmed ale glass. Pours a deep amber/red color. Very fruity aroma. Excellent mouthfeel, full, with high carbonation. Tastes of fruity esters balanced by toasty malts. Great beer, loved it.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-deep amber/red huge with a fizzy off-white head. big hops at first wiff, followed by dank hops, sweet toasted malts, alcohol, sugary fruit with some floral notes hidden deep in there. wow, this is a big bold beer-awesome flavors of piney hops, clean malts, great yeast (dough and slighly earthy) with a big dose of pine. the finish is huge resionous hops with some alcohol warmth. man, this was one big beer, but it was damn tasty. long earthy/woodsy note long into the finish with lingering notes of the nice clean yeast. one of the better beers of this style and reminds me of a hoppy barleywine (ala fresh Bigfoot from a few years back). another winner from Ballast Point!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, 2010 release, fresh from beverages4less. pours brick-red with a thin, fluffy, light khaki head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is excellent, strikingly similar to Stone 13th, with huge hop notes of resinous pine, pink grapefruit, candied oranges, a wet grass with unique notes of sweet berries, canned peaches, and light clove spice and a hint of sweet, caramel malts. flavor is wonderful as well with big, spicy, herbal pine notes, grass, grapefruit, and orange citrus up front backed by notes of peach, white pepper, and toasted, caramel malts. palate is full bodied and slightly sweet but not cloying with a massive bitter finish sporting a touch of boozy warmth. overall, a wonderful brew than conjures up sweet memories of fresh Stone 13th which makes it a sure winner in my book.