Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherries, roasted malts, and decent amount of hops on the aroma and palate. Coming in at 11%, this is nicely balanced!
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, 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.
brian60625 (742) - 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.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a dirty red color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is medicinal, caramel malts, resinous hops. Taste is like a barley wine.....medicinal, chewy caramel and toffee malts.
demmbonz (593) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Not a hop lover) 12oz to snifter. 2 month old bottle. I cannot discern hop aromas, but it is very much all hops in the aroma. it is a beautiful deep copper color. The flavor is much like a malty red ale, but with a hop kick in the pants. I actually enjoyed this.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Before I go in to this- This is more drinkable than the ruination 10th anniversary but along the same lines. Red. head is moderate and fading. Nose is citrus, ripe sweet fruits, resins, cooked pineapple, sweet malt. Flavor is again sweet resinous hop oils with sticky sweet malts, caramelized pineapples, cooked peaches with some grapefruit runs thrown in. Sweet malt flavor but finishes with a balance of sweetness and bitterness. Not as bad as the hate is giving it but its another ridiculous sweet IIPA. edit: had another one last night and it just doesnít do it for me-so sweet
Butters (3863) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at beer run. Pours a clear amber copper with fair offwhite head. Nose is incredible citrus pineapple hop and slight alcohol fuseul burn. Flavor is intense blend of citrus hops, rubbing alcohol, and slight caramel notes. Not all that pleasant to drink. But pretty unique.
geologyguy (776) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong scent of grapefruit, strong taste which is slightly disappointing from the good smell, too bitter :-(
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of a thrown in from a Chicago In-Person Trade. Thanks. Never tried or bought this when it came out. Pours a richd deep coppery orange pour. Darker middle, big dark orange glow and haziness. Frothy whitish head atop dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are citrus, dry bready and biscuity malts. Grapefruit, gentle older hops, soap and oranges. A touch of marmalade, toffee, and resiny earthy florals. A firm hopping, a bit deadened with some age. The malt body is firm, but still covered by the hops. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more firm. Dry and biscuity, bready hops, gentle toast, firm citrusy grapefruit and floral hops. Earthy grass, a touch resiny up front. A bit prickly, the more dry edge stays through. Resiny and floral, grapefruit and orange in the middle. A weird medicinal feel into the backend, a bit hot ABVwise, some toast, toffee, and the stickier elements play more into that back. A dry almost spicy finish, earthy dry hops, toast, and biscuits. Heat from the ABV makes it a touch harsh. I get it, Iím just not a fan of these "Letís hop it a ton BUT ALSO make it have a huge sticky malt bill" beers. A bit old. Itís ok, I guess. I wouldnít buy it again though. Looks great. Just a lot of better options in my opinion for my tastes.
auerbrau (3179) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean for taking me over the edge. Smell the glove, people, because this beer goes to 11! Iíve really been into strong beers lately, as long as they arenít ruinously sweet or overly flawed, so Iím taking the dry heat of this beer gracefully. The aroma gives clean alcohol and piney hops. In the middle, thereís some crystal malt, some Bellís house yeast, and lots of alcohol, which makes it enjoyable sippable on a cool night. However, the hoppiness in the middle is sleepy and the crystal malt too obvious, leaving with you with a less than 11 experience, unfortunately.. A fun inspiration, though.