Squizzle (135) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good beer but not that memorable. Kinda reminded me of a red ale more than a strong ale. My friend brought it over yo cheer me up after my grandma passed so I like it more because of that.
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2014
Poured a light brown semi-hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki head. Looked a bit like a cool glass of iced tea. Above average and sporadic, but layered foamy lacing. Above average retention on the way down.
Smelled that 7.50 percent ABV right away. Got caramel, toffee, rye hops, Irish cream, faint bourbon and some earthy, dirty hops.
Tasted pretty much what I thought was going to taste like. Got a healthy dose of bitter rye hops, iced tea, Irish cream and grassy, earthy hops. Also some roasted nutty malts.
Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Not a big fan of this beer. The smell was the best part, but it went down from there.
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dense dark red color with fine-bubble white head. Hoppy aroma and flavor. Medium body with coarse texture mouthfeel. Big hop flavor balance. Very filling hoppy ale. OKAY.
Kurtos (95) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. pours an earthy red.
Taste. Quite bitter, with a bit of sweetness.
Overall. an alright beer.
hockeybeerguy (1474) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured various times in a mug, a pint glass and currently having in tulip; it pours an amber/slightly reddish colored body with a slim half finger of a white foamy head that dies and leaves barely any lacing, body is dark red; aroma is dry roasted malts and not really hoppy whatsoever; taste is pretty malty as well; somewhat easy on the palate but not that much to be honest; overall, well, its an imperial red ale so with a high ABV that’s trying to display an "American Red/Amber Ale" hey why not, not bad, but nothing mind blowing
Jado (488) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 355 ml bottle. Pours a clear russet red with a sudsy off-white head that thins out after a while. Aromas of caramel, raisins, lemon, spice and a hint of pine. Taste starts off with caramel malt before a firm lemon zest bitterness in the mid-palate. Lightly fruity finish with a spicy aftertaste. Like it.
Niksko (306) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy rusty amber with a frothy, off white head.
Nose is sweet toffee, some pineapple and citrus, and a slight tinge of alcohol.
Flavour has lots of citrus, a bit of alcohol and toffee, and a very citrus, grapefruit driven, bitter, finish.
Medium to heavy body with fairly low carbonation.
Too heavy on the alcohol notes for my tastes. It’s only 7.5%, but boy do you know it.
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy amber, finger orangy head.
Smell strong caramel, bit of a citrus hop, sweet
Taste sweet citrus and floral hops with a strong malty backbone
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in Seattle. Deeper brownish orange, off tan head. Sweet distant hops on rich ruddy malts. Creamy, yeasty body with tart fruity hops and dry hop finish. Indistinct, but tasty enough.
Maris (952) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 355ml bottle on 19/12/2013. Pours a very reddy amber with the barest of heads. The aroma is primarily toffee and caramel malt. These also feature prominently in the flavour followed by a huge, lingering, dry, almost medicinal bitterness. Has a fullish body and medium carbonation. This is a big distinctive beer but lacks a bit of balance, with the bitterness just a little too harsh to make it really enjoyable.