Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle
At $6.99 for twelve ounces this was expensive but not too bad for a collaboration between two European brewers that was sitting on the shelf of an Ohio beer store. After making sure it was still fresh I grabbed one - after all Mikkeller hasn’t let me down even if their beers do sometimes leave the wallet quite a bit lighter.
Aroma / Appearance - Semitransparent orange liquid bobbed and swirled around my glass. Some lacing indicated a bit of alcohol was present but was not oily and sticky. There may have been traces of carbonation - I could not tell as it was just dark enough to mask any activity. Warm roses, floral hops, oranges, lemons, and a balanced amount of malts and hops made this strong, assertive, and bright.
Flavor / Palate - Rosy flavors warm the tongue. Brightening all the senses it proceeds to then hit the throat with a barrage of resiny hops, floral aspects, and alcohol. Slowly building to a crescendo the result is a fantastic imperial IPA. It might be one that I won’t buy more of because I can’t drink it fast enough. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grab a fresh bottle while you can.
fidelis83 (2186) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a thin, soapy beige head that has decent retention and leaves many tiny specs of lacing. Aroma is big on citrus and resinous hops, tropical fruit and floral notes, vanilla, a hint of toast and sweet caramel. Flavor is sweet malt, passion fruit heavy tropical notes, berry scented soap, caramel, straw, sort of heavy bready yeast and resinous notes to the finish. Palate is heavy bodied with an oily entry and dry, but oily finish and light, but fervent carbonation.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle->tulip: pours a huge, rocky, light brown head that exhibits good lacing atop a very murky, dark orange body. Aroma of hops, hops, and hops, along with a very pleasing sweetness. The body is full, starting out mildly sweet, ending slightly astringent with the aftertaste lingering between sips. This beer is pure enjoyment from start to finish.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange with a pillowy white head. citrus aroma slightly diminished by the booze notes, but still really nice. Really nice hop taste that ramps up quickly. Very resinous feel in the mouth, leaving a nice sticky bitter finish. pretty tasty, but i think i like the blended beers better by themselves
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot color. White foam. Dried fruits, caramel and freshly cut grass in the nose. Sweetness and bitterness explodes in your mouth. Fairly complex.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: 3/19/2011 Source:Butters Spicy herbal hop notes over caramel in aroma. Slightly cloudy deep orange golden with fine white head. Resiny floral hops over moderate caramel sweetness. Moderately grainy under all the hops. Medium body and mouth. Very bitter with some bitter hop astringency lingering.
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond 14th Gathering. Pretty sure this was an older bottler. Sweet and lovely honey hops is stronger on the flavor than the nose. Lingering bittersweet finish. Love the backstory and the name.
bluejacket74 (1551) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 ounce (330 ml) bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark orange/amber color with a half inch light tan head that didn’t stick around for too long. There’s a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, bready malt, and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, the hoppy and malty flavors are balanced for the most part but the hops are still stronger. There’s citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with bready and caramel malt. Good hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and a bit slick. I think this is a solid overall brew, due to the price ($6.99 a bottle) I wouldn’t buy it very often but it’s definitely worth trying. I thought it was good.
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty piney hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit and pine needles flavor. Has a warming malty very hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
Maris (1149) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 330ml bottle on 18/3/2011. Batch no.174. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a fine good sized head. This has a huge, lovely aroma of citrus fruits and pine hops, along a lots of caramel malt. Flavour wise it has lost of sweet caramel, toffee, orange and peach, which is set off by some powerful grapefruity hop action, which never overwhelms. The palate is almost creamy. This is superbly balanced brew - a perfect mix of sweet and bitter. A fantastic creation from two great brewers.