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RATINGS: 434   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.ís (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5180) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Tremendous new label on this bomber (of a skeleton holding the severed tongue of a seaman/pirate). Nose is very hoppy and íredí, if that makes any sense at all, hop dust with caramel and earth, resin, plenty of sugar. Pours deep scarlet with a large and dense tan head. Taste is medium bitter with strong caramel and earth, some dank hops; semi-dry (!!!) to start and only somewhat sweet after lots of volume accumulation. Hops are fresh and piny, woody, and earthy, very light citrus buried in the deep background, and the resin/rough side is also somewhat slight; generally dulled or de-edged all around. Still, the malt is strong enough for some measure of balance in the big, crisp full body, and there are pleasant herbal and mildly spicy notes if you look for them. Clean and fresh, alcohol is not hot or at all unaccounted for. This seems to be another example of a well-made and masterful beer whose recipe Iíd love to alter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2014
(Tap at Craftworks tap house, Itaewon)
A deep, dark ruby beer topped with a beige head. Smells of well-integrated dusty peach hops, a touch of vanilla, and a few raisins.
In the mouth, those hops are present, in quantity, but - alas - alcohol too, which is clearly present all the way into the finish.
I wanted to like this, but itís boozy, with not just warming alcohol. At least itís not sticky, though it gets sweeter with time.
The hops merge with the alcohol and are subsumed by it.
Unusually, Phil did not share this.
7 4 6 3 11 = 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (6746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Draft - Caramel and piney hops. Clear amber with a rich beige head. Up front bitterness, caramel and a bit sweet. A little too bitter but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
Does a dark reddish brown color with a Lacey canvas colored head. Notes of hop oil, animal skin, caramel, biscuits and earth. Overly astringent and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2435) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured a clear dark amber color with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, old citrus, and pine. Taste is earthy and spicy, with notes of toasted malt, caramel, old citrus, and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1620) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bomber pours dark clear amber/brown with a large tan head. Aroma of peppery pine hops and caramel malt. Yeah thatís a lot of hop bitterness, slids bitter down the tongue hitting a only mildly sweet caramel on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (321) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
Heavy metal thunder. You canít deny the force is strong with this one. Heavy hops and malts all over the place. Itís like a Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle. Bitter, thick, sticky. Badass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1063) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head and beautiful lacing. Dank, resinous hop, caramel, malt and citrus aroma. Big resinous hop, malt, caramel, toffee and citrus flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Very bitter but very well balanced. Caramel and burnt citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10001) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of pine, resin, red fruits, toasted caramel malt, earth and spicy malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2610) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours a a murky dark copper with an off white head, aroma has a good amount of grapefruit and citrus with a good kick of sweetness too, the flavor is all sweet at first with tons of caramel and malt with a slight fruity finish of citrus and hops, abv isnít really hidden all that well, not bad, just not great IMO.

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