DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Two Brothers’ Hop Juice release. I got to the party an hour before closing, and this was the last guest beer still pouring. I had forgotten what it was "supposed" to be, so I took it as some blend between a barley wine and a Russian stout. Y’know: "Ivan?" As that, I found it fascinating. In that dark outdoor area, I could still see it was a mahogany brown, with highlights through the plastic cup. Smell of northwestern hops, but not at hop-head levels. My friend who still goes for malty beers, decided this was much to his taste. So notes of darker roast malts among caramels, the reason I thought this was a milder barley wine. Certainly not as alcoholic as I’d thought. Instead, a good walking around beer before settling in for brats.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9 oz draft courtesy of the TB Hop Juice release (Warrenville, IL). Last guest beer of the night. Pours a nice very dark amber, brown pouring into the body, more gold around the edges, hazy, small white head that dissipates to a film. Aromas are belgian yeast, hoppy with good citrus. A very nice blend. Sweet yet bitter. Initial throws some heavy belgian yeast, malt, lemony citrus hops. Very interesting, not throwing typical bitterness above body, which is decent, but emphasizes a belgian yeast above anything else. Lemon and honey in the body, it appears the lemon takes dominance in the hops, over most else, but belgian yeast overtakes it by a lot. Interesting, tasty for sure. Just not the typical IPA. I definitely feel it being a solid brew, belgian pushing lemony hops over the top of a fantastic Belgian beer. This is very good.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Falling Rock. Strange nose resembles horseradish and juniper, that’s the peppery/spicy character of the yeast as least. Deep red color with an off-white head. Somewhat thick, very syrupy, moderately full. Caramel malt is overbearing, soggy, bready, overly sweet, and doesn’t seem to work very well with the yeast strain. Interesting enough.
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty copper color with thick white head. Can’t figure out the aroma. Taste is hoppy but mostly floral, not bitter. I really like it. I wish it had a little more malt behind it to prop up the awesome hop flavors. Palate is sligthly above standard. BR staff -- add some more malt and you’ve got a 4+ beer.
marcus (6441) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This copper ale poured with a thin beige head and an herbal aroma. There is a piney hop flavor with some carbonation.
tgncc (2784) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very, very hoppy. Mainly a floral, resin hoppy flavor. The appearance is an amber color, white head. The flavor foloows the aroma in that it is dominated by hops, mainly the floral and resin kind. Spicyness on the finish must be due to the yeast, I asume. Lingering astringent finish, also courtesy of floral hops. Not bad, not great.
Gethinbeer (2149) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC. Hazy deep amber colour with a thin white lace. Rich fruity ale with a smooth texture. Malt, berries all in the flavour with some earthy oak notes. Very tasty ale, I want another one.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. This was surprisingly very good- quite a bit better than I remember either of the parts of this beer to be. Hazy deep amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is very citrusy, with a dank weed herbal hint and light mint- good sweet malts as well. More big malts in the flavor- light fruitiness, and tons of sticky tacky hops- pine and resin. Good finish- harsh bitterness which was refreshing.
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Sacramento Brewing Company. Very dark, but clear, brown color with a significant creamy beige head. Aroma seems to be resin hop. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor seemed to start grapefruit then turned into fruit and pine. The flavor is smooth and massive. The finish is dry, fruity and wonderful. My mouth probably isn’t good enough for such a good beer.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at GABF 2008. Amber pour with tan head. Malts, yeast, fruit and good hops on the finish.