BeerSquare (117) - - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Considering the pedigree-- Bell’s batch 4,000 was a formative moment in my life-- this one is interesting, but does not quite measure up.
It also falls short of many of the recent "big red" competitors-- Blood of the Unicorn, Fixed Gear and Green Flash’s red’s come to mind, others seem to be springing up every day.
But mostly it falls short because there is this amazing nose-- the initial aroma is a really unique and interesting floral, fruity blend.
That aroma passes to a more alcohol-tinged roasted malt note as the beer sits, and the flavor does not reveal any of the interesting complexities that the nose does-- just tastes like a very bitter, strong red.
The worst part is I fear this won’t age as well as some of the older "batches". I still have some 4,000, 7,000 and 8,000 in my cellar and will cellar a couple of these, but not with the same anticipation.
Still a relatively interesting big red, but no need to deviate from the standard 1-10 scale for this one, as it’s mostly a 5 or a 6.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Bell’s tulip. Pours amber with a moderate off-white head and some lacing. Nose has a bit of bready malt and some citrus hop notes. Slight pike. Flavor is fairly bitter and has quite a heavy booze kick.
BVery (7251) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich reddish amber pour with a small white head. Aggressive pine resin, dusty caramel malts, citrus hops, and a nice slick full palate.
portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a tight off white head that settles to a spotty film and subtle lacing. Aroma has grapefruit and piny hops with a big mix of caramel malt and spice. Taste is bitter piny resinous hops and caramel malt with a little spice with a warming finish. Palate is slick and warming with a chalky finish. With it being 11% it goes down nicely!
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a dark clear amber red with a nice off white head and some sticky lacing, aroma has a nice amount of citrus and fruit on the nose, the flavor has a good amount of hops on the front end with a sweet caramel finish, the booze really shows itself though, unlike Hopslam or Oracle you can really taste the abv in this one, still good stuff though.
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark orange pour, a little bit of carbonation and an aroma of nice strong hoppy malt. Flavor also has a nice spicy malty backbone, syrupy alcohol and lingered with some subdued hops. Good beer, slightly above average.
Strykzone (5211) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls. Coppery and clear with no head. Big hops are citrus and onion. Somemore complex fruit. Not a fan.
b3shine (6103) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; a semi-transparent copper with off-white lacing. Smells goog too; HOPPY with a nice malt backbone. Tastes tastes like it smells, but a little hot and boozy. Average on the palate. Will probably revisit in a month or two.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper color with a small white head. Aroma has plenty of fruit and citrus, but it has a strange musky character. Seems to have loads of pineapple with some slight orange and grapefruit. Pretty damn sweet taste with tons of caramel to start, and it still finishes with a lot of caramel. In between there is a good deal of grapefruit citrus character. Pretty full bodied and a bit too sticky for me. Still, very sweet and aggressively hopped but it just don’t come together for me.
tmongoose (1473) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared . Pours orangish red with off white head. The aroma is a punch you in the face hop explosion. The oozing of the piny resinous hops hang from the glass. The flavor is a strong blend of many hops. Hard to discern which one is which. But are they balanced so nicely. On the back end you get a smooth alcohol burn but it is mild for 11 percent.