JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, spruce, caramel, citrus and florals. Malty and caramelly flavor with spruce character before a bitter hop finish. Tastes like Christmas smells.
akoeninger (512) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy red amber colored. Great aroma of juicy fruit and pine. Taste is very similar with spruce, fruit, and booze being the dominate flavors. Full body with balanced if slightly boozy finish. Very good like a walk through a pine forest.
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kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a slow dissipating creamy head. Aroma is earthy with a lot of alcohol. Different tasting. Lots of pine flavor, some mild citrus almost orange like flavors. Lots of bitterness. I don’t taste the alcohol like I could smell it. Much better than the Howler I tried from them.
beerbaaron (1453) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like spruce, and tree back, sap, along with some honey. Lemon, orange and grapefruit join the mix. Flavor matches. Lots of spruce and honey. Tree sap. Did I just take a bite out of a tree?? Moderate bitterness. Fair amount of sweetness. I was expecting a harsh palate and it was quite the opposite. Very interesting. Very different. Fun to try. A beer that likely needs to be shared..
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Pours like Bit-O-Honey, thick creamed honey, soft to moderate sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Whoa, super aroma of spruce, pine, and gingerbread.   Unfortunately, as strong as it is, it reminds me a bit of a urinal cake.   YIKES!   Still very assertive on the tongue, pine, spruce, gingerbread cookie (albeit that one is overshadowed and no clue how that would end up here), the finish reminds me too much of an over done urinal cake.   Fairly chewy, full bodied, nice and thick, creamy, but that over abundance of spices and urinal cake is tough.   Finishes... well,l just as it started.   Thankfully I shared this with 5 other people otherwise I have no clue how I would do this by myself.   Thanks Bob!
reggiedunlop (3336) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While this smells and tastes a bit too caramely/malty sweet for my taste in IPAs/2IPAs, it is a bit crushable and it is named after "the men who stare at goats." Big plus. But really, a bit too much candied fruit and caramel in the nose and too sweet in the flavor. Not bad but not my style of imperial IPA.
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Sugar Maple, Milwaukee. Deep red orange, nearly no head. Intensely piney, earthy and resinous. Very full bodied. Less herbal thn the Sproose Joose II, and heavier mouthfeel. Intently bitter finish. Another amazing IIPA by these guys-- awesome!
crossovert (8330) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Humorous bottle wiht cowbell. The beer smells utterly fantastic, so much tropical. Flaor is huge, boozy, sweet, and sprucey. I just don’t like t.
olr1984 (1179) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours a hazy dark gold with a off white head. Big pine hop aroma. Man that pine comes through in the taste big time. Almost overwhelming pine bark taste.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a 22-oz bomber at Star Liquor and sampled at the GTMW 2013, both in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy amber colored brew with a thick beige head that just won’t go away. Aroma of north woods pine, citrus zest and floral hops that hides any of the caramel malt. Taste is extra-full bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of pine, citrus, some tropical fruit, papaya, caramel malt and a hint of honey. Finish is so thick you could actually eat this with a fork. Lots of pine and citrus aftertaste with some lingering bitterness that you need at least 15 minutes to cleanse your palate. I thought their BH Sproose Joose II IPA was their crowned winning Double IPA until I finally caught up to this one. Too bad I can’t give extra points for the cowbell.