OldGrowth (3243) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Cary Wholefoods. bought several months back, drank 1/3/08. Good aroma, sweet. Vanilla, toffee, maple, grainy, cardboard, citrus-lemon/grapefruit, little earthiness. Clean copper color, good head that faded to a ring. Good lace. Bitter sweet flavor, mainly bitter, with occassional sweet streaks. Medium body, a thinner ceamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Could of mellowed abit more as I thought it was a tad hot. Flavor got better as it warmed.
StefanSD (2375) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich amber color with sudsy off-white head that lasted a while and left plenty of lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with a citrus and sweet malt bouquet. The flavor up front is very hoppy biter; the impact of this beer is that it is an IPA or IIPA because of the bitterness. Besides the biter there is a taste of grapefruit, raisins, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, with good carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bitterness. Overall: this is a great beer to come home to after a hard day at work. Recommended.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep ruddy amber beer. Slightly sweet rich toasted malt aroma. Chewy sweet, caramel and toast with a soft toffeeish character as well. Fairly dirty and rancid backnotes behind the otherwise solid malts. Well-named, really.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Light brown with almost no head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel and alcohol taste with a big hoppy presence and decent bitterness. Gets better as it warms.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I haven’t rated a beer in a looong time. I had to write this just to say how bad this beer is. Horrible rotten garbage aroma and flavor on top of a burnt, piney tone. The flavors just do not blend well together. I can’t believe the brewers tasted this and okayed it to be bottled. YUK!
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head and decent lacing initially. The aroma brings up big dark fruity esters of plums, prunes, raisins, pepper and hard candy cherries. There’s also an alcohol note. The taste starts with a mixture of sweet malts, pale malts and a burst of dark fruitiness. Then it becomes increasingly fruity with prunes, sweet cherries, raisins, then a slight medicinal cherry cough syrup note along with mild pepper. It ends with lingering dark fruit notes, a hint of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Considering the age and the ABV the alcohol isn’t out of line. This can certainly use a couple of years on the shelf though.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer completely lives up to its name. Phenolic nose with notes of rotten fruit and artificial sweetener. Sweet and oxidized palate with some burnt toffee and spruce tips. Sickening sweet high alcohol finish.
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber body with a large, creamy-looking off-white head.
Smell: Alcoholic, sweet-smelling nose of caramel syrup and candied citrus fruits. Lesser notes of biscuits and pine needles as well.
Taste: Sugary caramel flavor upfront followed by a variety of juicy citrus fruits, traces of pine, and a solid bitterness. The sweetness makes a rebound with hints of brown sugar coated biscuits. The candy sweet finish carries with it a palate-scorching alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Definite warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Not so bad, all things considered, though it most certainly could benefit from further time away in the cellar.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. This pours beautiful, mostly clear bright reddish copper with a large fluffy head that lingers well. Aroma of sweetish maltiness, some caramel, citrus fruit, with hints of spice, but also a weirdish dusty cardboard scent. Flavor is way rich and malty, with soft ripe fruits, grapefruit and citrus hops, a little spice and noticible alcohol. Full body, smooth and gently carbonated.
BuckeyeBoy (5988) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle pours out a amber topped with a nice off white cream head. A nice aroma of hops and sweetness. tast is a little thin. Some bitterness and some caramel sweetness. This one was a lot better than I was thinking it would be.