Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a cloudy light brown color with an off white head. Aroma was some lightly roasted malts, citrus hops and some other sweetness thats hard to pick out. Flavor is sweet, but not very malty, some hints of dark fruits and honey with some citrus hop notes as well. Not bad, but flavor do not fit verty well together.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light brown color with a bubbly head and minimal lacing. Big evergreen aroma with notes of oranges and honey. Light to medium bodied and a heavy bitterness that awakens the senses. Oranges and fresh baked rolls with a flowery taste. There is an abundance of malt as well as some minor hints of grapes, lemon and honey. An odd and interesting creation, like it very much.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to miketd, thanks Mike. Poured a deep red-amber color with a thin off-white head that receded to a thick ring. Aroma of lightly oxidized hop with some crisp citrus (flesh and orange peel), light caramel, and a hint of piny earthiness. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some caramel maltiness and a hint of tea (crystal malts?) that leads into a lightly fruity (orange, faint grapefruit), leafy, bitter hoppiness that finished clean and dry with a bit of lingering hoppiness. Moderate carbonation and decent mouthfeel. Solid beer, and could have been even better minus the light oxidization. Thanks again Mike.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear deep copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was of orange juice and apples with citrus and piny hops mixed in. Some odd very dirty notes in the nose. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a pine hop middle to finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red bronze color. Thin, wispy white foam. Nose has some bright and delicious hops. Super fruity, lemony, citrus, new pine. Flavor is delicious fresh and succulent and juicy hop. Orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Super hoppy and delicious. Get this and get it now. A terrific display of fresh hop. Thanks mullet man.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle extra in a trade. Pours a mahogany body with a thin prickly with lacing if that. Dark fruity with some raisin and plum. Soapy hop characters that are rather terrible and cloying. Some grassy hop notes, this is bad.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by rciesla, thanks. Big hoppy aroma, very leafy, a bit of very bitter unripe citrus, some cocoa. Very malty flavor, way too much so, this is basically an Arrogant Bastard clone, but a bit of failure of one. Rather unexciting.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Special thanks to McBackus for sharing. Pours a dark brown and red color with a brown sugar sweet aroma with raisins and other dark fruit. Flavor is strong on the caramel and a little butter with a good alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is substantial.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden dark amber. Chewy nose but some fun elements - mint, rye toast and a hint of chocolate malt. On the palate, its soft but slightly chewy with that IIPA hop extract mintiness. Good balance, pretty fun for a style that too often takes itself too seriously.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber via trade with miketd. Pours a clear, deep brown/red. Nose is syrupy and rich, distinct caramel malts and C-hops. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy. Taste is boldly bitter, but the crystal malts kind of force themselves down your throat, bringing with them tannins and iced tea notes. Hop flavor is nice, but the crystal malts are overpowering. Decent, and glad to try, but don’t think I’d do it again. Thanks Mike!