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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bomber. Poured clear garnety-amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up redder fruits and semi-sweet caramel absolutely driven by peppery alcohol and floral bitterness.. aggressive the whole way through with a serious lack of subtlety.. the fruits were quite juicy on the back. The flavor had fruit and berry sweetness at the core, using caramel as a little more of a backbone.. bitterness and alcohol were sharp and agressive on the edges (black pepper and fruit skins for the most part).. finished quite warm with lots of residual fruity sugars. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate with low-moderate carbonation.. very bitter and boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Poured amber. Nose was oxidation, citrus, pine, sweet fruits and toffee. Flavor was sharp biter pine, cardboard, fruity esters, caramel malts. FInishes a bit abrasive with harsh bitterness. This bottle was past it’s prime and I’d love to try it fresh. There was some good potential, but too much of the beer had gone wayside.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22. thanks, riverside! capped and waxed. pours a crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights. thick creamy tan head with dense sheets of lace. big hoppy peachy nose, plenty of toasty malt in there as well. creamy medium body. toasty, roasty, peachy, delicious mid palate. long resiny peachy mid palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22oz bottle shared by riversideAK, thanks man! Amber brown with a bit o white head. Dusty, peach, pine and call me crazy but I get some light smoke. Kind of sweet with dusty fruit and then bitterness. Alcohol warming on the way down. Woul like to try this again sometime...but fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Deep copper with a very small amount of beige head. Aroma is intense fruity malt like a barleywine, some peppery alcohol, and toffee / vanilla. Flavor is the same, rich, with a good amount of grassy and resinous hops in the background. Maybe the freshness of the hops have worn off a bit at this point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear copper in color with tan head. Aroma hoppy, spicy and malty. Taste hops and sweet citrus with bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamescary (1) - USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
Complex, hoppy, with a smokiness. Strong red ale. Tasted in simple 12 oz pub glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber-brown with a thick foamy white head. Sweet, rich aroma of malt, candied fruits, sugar, and pine hops. Big taste, malt and sugar, with a lot of hoppy bitterness and fruit notes. Lingering boozy richness. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Red in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of hops, dough and caramel. Taste is of booze, hops, nuts and caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The smell is hops, caramel, citrus, and oranges. The look is a clear amber with a beige colored head. The taste is hoppy, decent bitterness, caramel, and good.


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