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RATINGS: 373   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
thanks to blutt59 fot this bottle. poured a deep amber with an off white head and spotted lacing. aroma of pine, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and grains. flavor was pine, grains, and bitterness. slick body. good stuff thanks again bob.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of danielcurtis81. Pours red with a nice tan head. Smells of caramel, pine resin, grapefruit, yeasty. Tastes bitter and spicy with some pine, molasses, caramel. Full bodied and dry on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle provided to me by Jon and served in my NB Worthy glass; Beautiful crimson hue topped by an off-white frothy head which left nice lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of resiny, spicy and fruity PNW hops, caramel and toffee malts, onion, and an almost woody yeast ester and a hint of alcoholic vapours. WOW, big hop bitterness combative with the sweet malt base set a go-go by the way wicked spicy overtones. I get some Grains Of Paradise, Garlic Onion Salt and Kala Jeera, not your "normal" clove and black pepper notes. The fruity qualities is also interesting, sure there is some standard grapefruity character, but too is some mango and prickly pear. The finish is dry balsa wood and moderately astringent notes, the alcohol is a tad brash and very warming. The palate is actually not that aggressive, sure there is some bite and booze but not scary strong. A very nice brew to say the least and a challenge for even the hardened hop heads out there, get ya some.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a nice amber/red with beige head. Aroma of strong hop and malt, hop seems spicey. Flavor is, WoW, hoppy, spicy, pepper, malty, great bitter at the end. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium carbonation, the hop spice adds some extra body to it as in replacing the missing carbonation. Overall, strong, good shit!!!!!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Bomber with exuberant thanks to gorditoabd. Pour is a deep reddish copper with a big and fluffy tan head. Aromas are sweet and heavy on the hops. A journey through a pine forest while eating a bunch of caramel... or something like that. Flavor follows suite, with a little bit of a pineapple edge to the finish. This is pretty good and I would be more inclined to call it an IIPA or something as it shares much with that style. It is held back a bit with the almost cloying malt presence that at times makes me wish this were just 12 oz rather than a full bomber. Still, I will find a way, Im sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle from Snoejerk321. Thanks Torry. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Cool label btw. Beer pours a nice dark amber/auburn with an awesome lasting frothy head. Notes of strong floral hops, toasted caramel malts, toffee, earth, and soft fruity notes - apricots or peaches perhaps. Floral and fruity hops initially followed by malty goodness in the form of caramel and toast. Fruity notes of light citrus and apricot are followed by tongue buckling resiny bitterness and strong orange skin flavors. Dank and lingering, lots of alpha acids. Some warming alcohol notes creep in too.Soft carbonation creates a smooth full creamy bodies high abv beer. This is a great beer, I wish I still lived in So Cal, I would buy multiples of this stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle. Lots of floral hops and mango. Some caramel sweetness that finishes slightly bitter. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2216) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle shared by wagenvolks. Thanks! Pours reddish and with little head in a snifter. Smells really good, fresh, hoppy and somewhat citrusy. Nice bitterness and hoppy flavor. Citrusy and crisp. Good body and carbonation. Very enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22. oz. bottle shared with JoeTheYounger and Pat. Pours a dark ruby amber with a light brown head. Aroma is is floral and pine hoppy with a nice malt toasty sweetness. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, some honey and caramel, a touch of toast/roast, resinous piney hops. Finish is neither dry nor cloying, carbonation is moderate and body is somewhat chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Pours a golden clear amber color with nice creamy head. Carbonation bubbles are apparent. Bitter hop flavor with some alcohol and caramel taste present. Very nice red.


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