kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber, scant head, good sweet carmel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops, big body, big dry malt flavor with lots of citrus hops, carmel character comes through without any sweetness, good bitter finish,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep copper with an off-white head. Great boisterous hoppy aroma has lots of sweet toasty caramel malty balance. Body starts with a nice, full sweetness and lots of hoppy bitterness that takes over toward the dry, piney bitter finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. The malt could last longer into the flavor, but still a crisp and enjoyable double red.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear rusty golden shade offers a large and long-lasting off-white head. Strikingly resinous, oily and citrusy hops ravage the nose, the underlying malts being thick, dry and toffee-ish. It evolves like that, fully hoppy and aromatic, the big malt, big hops mentality, offering as much flavor as possible. Not the type of beer I normally enjoy, but this is one I donít have anything bad to say about, it does exactly what it wants and does it well, the caramel malts stopping short the acidity that would like to get through.
Suttree (5318) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Springslicker for this one - Bright copper, rocky white head. Aroma of fresh bread, caramel & toffee, plus some spicy, peppery hops. Very smooth, with notes of toasty malt and fresh black pepper and a nice smoky, earthy flavor. Persistant notes of caramel and toffee in the background, too. Nice.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Whaleman. Hand-bottle 22oz. Poured a mostly clear amber with a thin off-white head. Big hoppy citurs aroma with plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath and a touch of alcohol. The aroma is big and but balanced. Mostly a citrus hop flavor up front and running through to the bitter finish. Dry finish. The balance and flavor are right on.
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright golden with a frothy, lasting head. Smooth and soft texture; medium body. Wonderful aromas of orange and clean pine. Subtle caramel coated nuts follow. Hoppy good. One of the better finds at GABF05.
Terminus (3303) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle-hand bottled by ted rice and given to me by my friend Whaleman. pours a light amber hue with a small white head. big sugary citric hop aroma with some pine and a hint of raspberry, grapefuirt, tangerine and a good sweet amber malt base. flavors are very piney, dry, citric with a nice toasty malt base that adds a nice sweetness. long piney dry finish-slightly resiny, but not in the dirty way like a chinook finish. body is velvety and has just the right level of carbonation. I have to raise my glass to Ted rice-thanks for making the best beer brewed in New Mexico-I will miss hanging out at the brewery and doing beer tastings with the Albuquerque crew. cheers to all of you!
SpringsLicker (3196) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Whaleman for sending this "Make it or Break it" brew!
Deep golden orange color fleeting off white head.
Fresh citrus fruit aroma and piney hops.
Comes in smooth and easy with the flavor following the aroma profile. Alcohol well hidden. Nice bitterness in the finish. A bit more malt would round this out a bit, but not a bad brew. A Big Hopped Beer that doesnít over it!
aracauna (3175) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly clear amber. Big hoppy aroma. Bitter pineapple. Rye bread malt. Dry malt. Good balance but aggressive. Tasty.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10.01.05 Thanks to whaleman at Loganís. I didnít think I took notes on this, but I guess I did, and Iím glad because it was tasty stuff that deserves some propers. Bright copper pour with lasting off white head. Aroma is fresh and piney, a touch soapy, orange oil. Big and sticky palate cleans up nicely thanks to fine eff. Big hops are citrus and resinous; sweet caramel, toasted nuts, toasty biscuit, lots of pine and something wintery. Palate abuser for sure. Very nice.