queenholly (3609) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piney orange hops and caramel aroma. Copper with a large tan head, nice lacing. Resinous piney hops, orange, pineapple, sweet burnt caramel malt, and alcohol flavor. Medium to full sticky body, with a bit of alcohol warmth. Big robust beer.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear copper color with thick off white top that laces. Scent is hops, toasted malts, grass, and caramel...some booze. Taste is caramel, sweet then a piney/earthy bitterness. Sticky.
brian60625 (745) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Go big or go home! That appears to be the aim of Bellís "this one goes to 11" ale. Itís super-sacharined with boozy sweetness, and youíll get just some of those cherries and candied tropical fruits too. The problem is, in the arms race of bold beers, this one is too eager to shoot itís big gun and the 11% abv sprays you in the face. The malts do their best to balance things out, and thatís what makes it highly drinkable. But still, itís a rocky ride that Iíd pass on the next time I have the opportunity.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.
blackflag321 (611) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into pint. Clean red/gold color; small, quickly fading head. Big nose: fresh cherry and tropical fruit. Taste: tangy cherry, orange. This is quite a sipper. Drinking from a fresh 6-pack; not sure that I will have any to save to see if the flavor mellows with time.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big beer for sure, but not too bad. Itís close to a DIPA as some have said, but you can still pick up on the red ale characteristics. Grass hop, candied grapefruit scent similar to orange PEZ candies. Bronze orange pour with a white half inch head to ring. Thick body, syrupy, sticky finish. Same flavor as the scent with a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. As for cellaring, I wouldnít put this one away long. It tastes almost perfect as is. If anything, I might cellar it six months just to mellow the alcohol finish. Thatís it. Drink em while you got em!
scooter520 (185) - - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 9/13/12. Appearance: copper and red but fairly clear with a big yellowish khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: big caramel and toasted malts, and piney, resinous and citrusy hops with alcohol deeper in the smell. Taste: a sweet maltiness that is actually very well balanced with the high hop profile, bitter and slightly sweet finish with just a tad of the alcohol coming in but definitely not as hot as many 11% beers. Mouthfeel: thin to medium texture with a relatively low carbonation. Overall: I really think this is a pretty awesome high ABV brew. They did a really great job of countering the big malt and alcohol sweetness with multi-style hopping.
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DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, packaged 9/13/12. Mildly hazy amber red color. Little off-white head, leaves good lace. Spicy fresh hop flavor. Little caramel malts. Nice bitter taste, alcohol is noticable but it works well with whatever this brew is going for. Amplifies the hop, somehow, but isnít as hot as say, Devil Dancer. Light, crisp carbonation, more dry texture, bigger body, not syrupy or sticky. Interesting yeast, pine, resin aromas, sort of juicy in a way. Some tropical fruit. Tasty sipper
argo0 (12773) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Crystal clear amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, orange/grapefruit, light pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, orange, some grapefruit, light alcohol. Low carbonation, medium-full body.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhat a perplexing ale. 12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip since I have no clue what to serve an IRA in. Deep amber red with orange edging. Whitish head that rings around the glass then moves along. Smell is underwhelming at 50 degrees. Taffy, caramel,fresh biscuit. Taste, however, is great and robust. Hop complexity you wouldnít believe; pine resin, grass, lemon, grapefruit, ripe orange. Matched with a hearty malt bill that beefs up the body and sweetens the brew. Finishes big and clean with a hint of honey. Final thought: a barleywine by any other name would taste as sweet...