mattyb83 (734) - 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.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from khoffman43 (thanks a lot, Kyle), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is both very hoppy and malty, with loads of fruity sweet resinous hops and big sweet caramel malts - maltier than a IIPA typically is, probably due to the 11%. Flavour starts with citrusy and grapefruity hops, transitions to tropical fruits and candied sweet caramel malts, shifting back to the bitter hops, which leave a very pleasant astringency along with some fruitiness on the finish. A bit too sweet and malt-heavy for a IIPA for my tastes - something doesn’t mesh right here. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer is a pretty amber hue, appearing transparent. The head is about an inch thick and leaves a thick ringlet of lace around the pint glass. The aroma offers a large malt bill, followed by pine, resin, hops, alcohol. Slightly fruity in the one as well. The taste, unfortunately, is dominated by alcohol. Hop, malt, and fruity malt flavors are steamrolled by a tidal wave of booze. Medium to full bodied with resinous hops sticking to the palate. Lingering alcoholic heat. Not a repeat for me.
Beerman6686 (3546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured poured a darker red color with a large beige head. Aroma was grassy and fruity hops, caramel and toasted malt, and light alcohol. Flavor was bitingly bitter upfront with minimal fruity hop character, followed by bland caramel malt, and then a huge punch in the face of alcohol. This thing is extremely brutal and unrefined, in a very bad way.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , 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.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sticky sweet, grossly. Piney, citrusy. Full bodied and cloying, damn near sugary. . Yer gonna make something this sweet, balance it with some hops. Better yet, ferment it down a few more points and then hop the shit out of it, ok? Kinda rediculous. Thanks Todd! Bells brews good black beers.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I usually love Bells, but for me, "this one goes down the drain". I know its 11 percent but its is so overly aggressive on the palate. Hazy glowing red-brown pour with white head. Sugars, wood, booze, caramel, bready malt, and strong hop bite. Insanely warming in the body. Just way too boozey and almost nail polishy like dogfish 120. Not a fan, ill stick to hopslam.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had this at the RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, Probabaly should be in the barley wine cat. Smell is not as hoppy as you would think but there is some hoppy perfume in the backgroud and its a little putrid. Wew, first taste Wew, strong and over the top. Way too strong. Cannot tolerate much of this rude nasty nellie kick you in the teeth beer. Burns going down. Lager lovers; avoid this brew. Absolutely no cos in this brew. Mouth coating and not easy to like. On style.