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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


dnstone's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2270) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a glowing amber color with an orange hue and whisps of off-white head. An orangey hop strength hits you before your nose reaches the glass; quite hoppy with a sweet aroma. Those bitter orange hop notes are immediate in the flavor and carry through, while the beer is also full bodied and moderately sweet...the finish is slightly earthy and with a roasty-coffee note.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6486) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Looks great, but other than that it’s kind of hard to enjoy. Surprisingly timid aroma for its size, not much going on at all. Caustic and rough and burning in the mouth, though I suppose that is what they were going for based on the name...but that doesn’t make it much fun to drink. Ballast Point is very hit-and-miss, sadly.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Cinnamon candy spiciness, red delicious apples, pine sap and grapefruit juice hoppiness in the nose. Medium-full body, sweet with strong bitterness and a raw hop grassiness. Fruity and citric, somewhat alcoholic and strongly spicy. About what you expect of hoppy amber barley wine, there’s nothing wrong with it technically but the aroma and flavor aren’t enjoyable for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2803) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, thick, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with spare lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 18) body.....nose is heavy American hops with heavy pine, resin, hints of citrus, toasted malts with light biscuit, toffee/caramel, minimal esters, balance to the hops......taste is lightly brown sugar sweet with toffee/caramel notes, then heavy pine, resin, slight citrus, with a lingering heavily bitter finish, balance decidedly to the hops.....mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth quite present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a huge hop bomb. The hop back bone is utterly dominant with the malts acting as a minor foil. It tastes good and is quite cleansing as a result of the heavy hop load even in the face of the sweet malts. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerladadrian (22) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
Purchased from the Fine Wine Delivery Co. in a 650ml bottle. Malty / caramel aroma that you’d expect from a red ale. Palate shows intense bitter dryness (hints in the name I guess), but its what you’d expect from a beer with this weight. The alcohol is noticeable with considerable heat, but it does pull you back for another sip of cool ale. tu meke, too much cuz. big fans down under.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1159) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Deep ruby red pour. Kinda boozy and very very heavy. Just a heavy beer, that’s the best wording I can think of. Good beer, nice hop bitterness for a red. But wow, chewy, heavy. Kinda tough to get through.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Draft at mudville9 in TriBeCa NYC. Pours a darkish tan color with a head that fades. Pretty easy drinking for abv. Not bad

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (899) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Aroma has pine straw, caramel, nuts, and a fair amount of alcohol. Smooth and relatively (and surprisingly) mild flavor. Some grassy hops and a LOT of alcohol in the finish. I love red beers, and this one is good (but not great).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1934) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle from Meditrina. Deep garnet red with lasting head and lace. Strong piney hop aroma with some toasted caramel and fruit. Toasted caramel and fruity sweetness balanced with big piney woody fresh hoppy bitterness. Fairly dry finish for abv. Slight woody red wine aftertaste. Medium body light for abv. Lively carbo accentuates hops helps keep it dry. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (694) - - JAN 25, 2015
Bomber. Floral hop aroma with caramel malt and citrus. Pours ruby red with a large tan head with decent retention and very little lacing. Starts with sweet caramel malt flavor. Finishes dry with floral hop bitterness with a bit of citrus that lingers on the palate. Nice, drinkable red ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2015
22oz Bomber
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Malt roast flavor. Big hops forward flavor with a rich finish. This was a big beer.


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