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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


Jcarb28's rating

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Brown/Copper and hazy on the pour. Caramel and light sweet aromas from the pour. The drink is intensely full bodied with a combination of malty,sweet and alcohol flavors all in one punch. Slight bitterness on the after taste. Not my favorite but somehow i found myself going back to it.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap at el Bait Shop. Deep reddish brown body with a khaki head. Nose piney with some toffee. There is also some wood. The taste is definite pine resin with toffee and black tea. A sweeter finish. Bits of black pepper spice in the aftertaste. Big body with warming alcohol. Overall well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2948) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle stamped on the bottom - 16018-13:37. The reddish-amber pour is handsome and it leads up to a long lasting, foamy tan head. I could tell it was Ballast Point because the fruity and pine hop characteristics were prevalent along with a slight barley malt sweetness but no alcohol for 10%. A hint of orange too. The body is medium to full. Barley malt sweetness in the taste almost like a Barleywine but without the sharpness. No booze in the flavor either and a nice, fruity bitter end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Rich copper and light ruby body with a nice, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of rich malt, alcohol, earthy and grassy hops with a distinctly nutty and toffee scent as well. Medium-bodied; Nice robust malty flavour with a lot of grass and deep caramel flavours showing some nice hop bitterness with a bunch of alcohol warmth to finish it off. Aftertaste shows the malt at first with some nuts, earth, caramel, alcohol and of course - a good deal of bright herbal and grassy hops. Overall, a nicely balanced beer, especially for 10% abv, with a lot of sweetness and an assertive malt and deep fruit finish. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia on 17-January-2016 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 08-May-2016.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a nice deep dark golden brown. Aromas of hay, hop flowers, carmel malts, candy sugar, honey. Flavor: oak, caramel malts, grapefruit, light hops, brown sugar, and alcohol

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (196) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2016
Fairly strong aromas of both hops and malt. Malt aromas include toffee, bread and grain; also just a hint of apricot.. Hop aromas are pine and citrus. Color is a dark ruby red with a small to average off-white head. Taste includes a fairly hefty bitterness and plenty of alcohol sweetness. Medium to full body; alcoholic; average carbonation and a medium to long finish with the toffee and bitterness. Overall I like the balance between the hops and malt; a big bold beer with plenty of both hops and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2016
From the tap poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Hippy flavor with a quick finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (861) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
On tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. A world class imperial red ale, if somewhat overpriced at $7.95 a 14 oz glass. The high hop bitterness is nicely offset with big malt flavors. More later perhaps. 4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18390) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Hazy red amber color, compact head. Moderate aroma of fruity hops, oranges and other similar fruits, lightly animal too. Bold structure, the sweetness is moderate, not excessive, the malt profile seem to reveal too much Crystal; the bitterness is very strong and the hops come with a quite harsh wood resin, just lightly fruity, and heavily roasted nuts; I find that these beers are almost buttery sometimes.
Aggressive, good, but a bit too much over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3857) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2016
Botted. Pours hazy, amber with a small, lacing off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, nutty notes and carame. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Ale indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (924) - Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Nice copper red color, head is smallish. Aroma fairly neutral, roasted malt. Big hops on the taste, not that much malt. It’s solid.


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