sulawang (680) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Cool label. Pours beer bottle reddish-brown with no head, very thin ringed retention, a bit of lacing, some steady streams.
Nose: Papaya and hints of guava
Attack: 8/10 quickly fading brown sugar sweetness,
Mid-palate: papaya fruity malts, caramel, brown sugar
Finish: medium sourness, tangy, lingering grapefruit sharp bitter hop/med-heavy malted finish
Summary: Medium to full-bodied, quite balanced but weighs on the palate because it doesnít have any refreshing characteristics. The 9.5% abv is decently hidden.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Picaroon's Brewer's Bash. Deep red colour. Aroma is strong hops with some full red ale malt behind it. Taste is powerful resin, with caramel and biscuit malt backing it up. Full body. Overall, while the two strong forces are balanced, the are almost too intense. This beer is experienced, but maybe not savoured.
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jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of dry caramel malts, bready malts, and some pungent resinous hops. Flavour is very round, full of dry caramel malts, resinous hops, and some very subtle fruity notes. Extremely well-balanced but the flavour profile isnít anything special. Good stuf
MrFecesious (1151) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at London Pub. Clear amber, minimal cap. Consistent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, raisin, prunes, hay. Taste is more raisin & prunes, caramel, grapefruit, pine. VERY smooth drinking. 9.5%? This could easily get ya in trouble.
stantheman (682) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub in Surrey, and bomber purchased at Liberty Wine Merchants on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Dropped in for a glass at Critís recommendation, and itís a doozy! The first thing one naturally notices is the deep red colour. A nice beige head on itís shoulders as well. Hops and fruit on the nose. Itís very much like an imperial IPA, but with more fruit. I canít tease out the fruit flavours here, but thereís an impression of raspberry and other berry fruits. Delicious!
Note: Description on Ratebeer lists alcohol content at 8.5%, whereas my bottle label says 9.5%. I sent in a correction, but no change so far.
Gerbeer (2166) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with medium foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted malts, dark sour fruit and citrus. Flavors of piney hops, roasted malts, dough, and prunes/figs. Some alcohol notes. Quite good.
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sparkling chestnut,lasting beige head.Piney hop nose.Citrus hop profile,good malt in back. Huge long hop finish. Medium alcohol heat
Ferris (6564) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Flowery hops, grapefruit and candy malts. Clear amber with a rich thin tan head. Spicy, grapefruit, dark malts and nice bitterness. Alcohol is not evident and finished bitter.
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mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep walnut-tinged ruby red with an overripe fruity aroma - think brown bananas - and a light note of sweet mash. Short head but plenty of foam & lace with great retention. Strong malty body, more damp grains, guava gives way to a hint of brown banana (again) and believe it or not, avacado & diacetyl. Since itís got such a malty backbone, the diacetyl simply tastes intentional, so itís still quite quaffable, though there is not doubt of the alcohol content of this beast. Slightly underwhelming carbonation, but nice creaminess to the body. This beer definitely has issues, but Iím not sure that I really mind.
mcberko (8062) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a dark reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of dry caramel malts, bready malts, and some pungent resinous hops. Flavour is very round, full of dry caramel malts, resinous hops, and some very subtle fruity notes. Extremely well-balanced but the flavour profile isnít anything special. Good stuff.