vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Red brown pour with tab head. Red hoppy brew with a kick. Pine and light citrus, earthy tones. A bit more grassy , herbal , and earthy than I’d like.
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Murky brown, rusty colored pour with a slight head of tan foam. Aroma is medium pine and hop bitterness over a roasted malt and caramel back drop. Taste is somewhat restrained hop bitterness with pine and thick, sweet malt that has a roasted, char character. Mouthfeel is thick but even. I was a bit surprised as to how restrained the hop character was on this beer but it was a nice beer just the same.
BillN (3) - USA - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler filled at DeCicco’s In Ardsley, NY
Nose boldly of hoppy goodness
Pours ruby hued amber, med. tan head, stays and then leaves a thicker collar and plenty of fine lacing.
Dense layers of hops, resins and spruce. Big and bold brew, with complexity and flavor abounding.
Alcohol, character and density of flavors adds up to a quality brew thats well worth seeking out.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Churchill’s in San Marcos. Pours a clear amber to near red. Moderate lace. Nose is red fruits, toffee, brown sugar, fruit juice. Hints of sherry. Taste is syrupy, sweet, sticky, moving to sharp tanginess with brown sugar and lemon maple. Lemony and toffee finish. Pretty intensely sticky. Very sharp mouthfeel. Long sticky plus resiny bitter finish. Headache inducing.
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TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Milltown. Reddish copper with small white head. Nose of booze and bitterness-pine, herbally. Flavor is sorta fruity and heavy bitterness. A dirty, moisture losing, bitterness. Mehkay.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a soft coppery red with one finger of sandstone tan head. Nose is malt forward, lightly bready with notes of caramel and toasted grain with a piney and resinous hop character. Tongue Buckler is definitely an apt name for this one. Upfront abrasive bitterness, very piney and oily hop character. Alcohol shows some, palate is not my thing. Rough to deal with.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent aroma. Tons of hops and caramel malts. This is intense. Strong hops throughout with a long lasting strength. Really good. In fact, I drank this down so fast, it was probably the beginning of the downfall for me at the festival.
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark mahogany red ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a smooth pungent and meaty and floral hops with treacle notes. In mouth, a beautiful vinous malt, nice and smooth, with floral and resinous hops, very nice, doesn’t buckle your tongue, it makes love to it. On tap at Barcade Brooklyn, Dec. 30 2011.
thornecb (5547) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Lord Hobo. Pours deep orange-tinged red into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving scant lacing. Sweet caramel and citrus aromas. Thick, sweet caramel and resin front to back. Lasting bittersweet finish. Similar to a double bastard but with more heft.
MattH (788) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Brown pour. Inch head. Head lasts long. Aroma was very warming and the smell of alcohol was very noticeable. Big hop and malt presence. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Strong beer.