scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 (DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, Thanks CaptainCougar) – Dark amberish red, white creamy head. Bold pineapple and fresh melon aromas ride a thick underpinning of piney citrus and mild chocolate. Huge piney tropical fruit flavors balance well on a soft chocolate caramel foundation throughout. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Should have been called tongue numbing….
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a pretty amber/red color with about two fingers of light tan head. Big piney hop aroma with a fair amount of malt. It’s pretty bitter, but not as much as the aroma might suggest. Nice malt base with some sweetness in the middle. Maybe of bit of oxidation, but in a good way. Some dry mouth pucker from the hops in the finish. Nice balance of malt and hops. The hops are not as over the top as you would think from the name (or maybe I’m just jaded!) To me, this is pretty much a barley wine, but you don’t have to label it, just enjoy.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Copper pour, Aroma is hoppy, spicy and resinous with citrus oils. Taste is strong hops, pine, grapefruit, light mint/herbs and toffee. Body is chewy while a oily slickness about it and mild carbonation. Ends with more hops - citrus and pine, soft minty notes, toffee, spicy hops, light caramel and sweet malts.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled..Pours an orange red with a creamy tan head...Aroma is alot of citrus hops and caramel..Flavor was citrus with a caramel sweetness and a nice lingering hop bitterness. Medium body and smooth carbonation.. Tasty!
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a golden amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Bitter, resiny hop aroma. Taste is bitter lemony citrus hops with light toffee notes. Medium bodied.
thirdeye11 (5592) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a nice medium amber/red color. Nose is huge caramel malts with some hops present. Smell is absolutely delicious. Taste is a huge hop attack on the tongue representative of the name. Very piney and the finish is also quite good.
jrob21 (2597) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from snojerk in another ridiculous west coast box. Pours clear red. Every sip is a different hop experience, evolving and deep. Aroma is distinct green apple. At first the hop is bitter grapefruit. Next sip is a bit of grassy pine. Then back to a citrus one again but more of an orange peel tanginess. Really tasty here.
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice crimson red body with a white lacy head.the aroma is pine,citurs,fruity,and floral hops with a nice malty backbone.flavor is much of the same with a bitter soapy finish.its a tongue buckler all right.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle. Tasted side by side with the Stone 13th anniversary. Ruby reddish appearance with a thin white layer of froth. Nose is sweet with subtle piney hops. Loads of bitterness on the tongue that is supported by a heavy tasting maltiness. Tons of citrus peel, oily resin and a bit of caramel. Finishes with a lingering bitter flourish. Not bad, but unbelievably it tastes smooth next to the Stone 13th.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(DC Local Gathering, 22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Large beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, catty/grapefruit, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, catty/grapefruit, alcohol, some bread, pine. Medium-full body, sticky.