peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Slightly murky brown/orange pour with a nice froth of tan foam. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel with sharp pine and complimentary bitterness. Taste is a nice balance of heavy, sweet malt with caramel and toffee notes followed by some light toasted malt and char with resinous pine and bitterness. Lingering bitterness on each sip and a clean drinker for the double digit ABV. Sure, it’s a fairly common high ABV strong ale with pine and bitterness but Bells does it as good or better than anyone else. Great beer.
Hair6a11 (1435) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is clear ruby brown with a modest off white head in this glass, quickly rimming the glass and creating a certain haze here - there is some modest lacing present as well. The nose is quite nice here ; its fruity, piney, resinous hops in big abundance - with some caramel and cherry notes present. I found it to be more impressive than expected, honestly. The flavor profile reveals the tropical fruit initial, with less bitterness than expected ; moving to the pine, grass, caramel, toffee, sweet bread, light cherry, while presenting a modest booze note - It has a really nice marriage of Malt, Hop, and ABV, combined with a prickly carbonation - It’s not as well done as some California "Red" Ales I’ve had - but its still a quality attempt
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured at JK O donnells from a bottle. Dark amber pour with large white head. Strong citrus and pineapple aromas. Tropical fruit and citrus taste. Very strong aftertaste.
jsmerig (1387) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with a thick foamy head. Aroma of sweet fruit citrus fruit and bright hops. Thick. Very bitter but has a serious amount of malt to balance. Robust. Bold. Hearty.
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kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a darker copper color with a light tan head. Nice lacing and head retention. Danky, fruit citrus notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet fruit like start with a medium level of bitterness. Citrus rind. Mild alcohol note in the back end but given the 11% abv, that’s somewhat expected. Pretty smooth and balanced. Like. As the beer warms, notes of pineapple and apricot come out. Still Like.
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a brighter reddish brown with a nice collar of head and no lace. The aroma surprisingly hoppy. There is a good malt and a light sweetness that is well received. There is a decent pine and a good bitterness on the back. The flavor is good as well. There is a strong maltiness. Nice bitter hops and a lingering piney resin. The mouth feel is thicker and well carbonated with a good lingering malty finish. It's a legit brew here. Obviously the freshest of the group
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EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of GT. Pours clear, red tinted brown with a light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose - pine, citrus. A bit of honey as well. Flavor is very sweet and peppery. Lots of hops and bitterness. Very heavy finish.
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Amber pour with an off-white head. Sweet hoppy floral, pine, lemon, and orange in the aroma. Sticky sweet grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral flavors as well. Quite intense, fresh, and sweet. Really nice stuff.
Onslow (1301) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear red brew with dense frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, and resinous hops, a bit of earth and flowers - very IPA in character but more intense and complex. Taste is sweet malts at the start, very hop forward with a barrage of bitter of every strip. Lingering deep bitter finish with warm alcohol burn. A little boozey as it gets warm. Intense and good but kinda overdone - it’s hard to come away with a feel for what this is other than complex. But I will most certainly enjoy this while it is around.
574deadzone (1295) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 7 Monks. Deep amber/ruby pour with a thick toffee cap that left behind some intricate sticky lacing. Nose initially quite sweet with caramel and candy notes followed by a big dose of piney and fruity hops. Taste is very, very sweet and also hugely bitter. Heavier side of medium bodied, oily, sticky, with an active carbonation and a lengthy finish. A nice, huge beer fitting of the occasion and the name.