DocLock (8534) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 bottle from PUB’R. Pours turbid deep orangy /fall foliage oak leaf color with 1-finger frothy well-retained off-white head. Seriously, if you scored this one lower than a 3 for appearance, then I question your rating acumen, as it looks pretty as a picture. The nose is intense, very barleywiney, with huge caramel malt, hops, fermented dark fruit, mango, cognac, and berries. Tastes super rich, with a heavy caramel malt base, syrupy, with hints of cognac, a less sweet Irish Mist, huge tropical fruit including tangerine, pineapple, mango, and star fruit, and finishing cognac and spirity notes. Stays a bit sweet, with a huge palate heft and complexity. Oh, and don’t forget the hops. There’s more hops in this than you peons deserve, and a little more than that, too. I expect this one to age well for 20 years, and this would pair extremely well with a CAO maduro cigar as an after-meal smoke to a prelude dinner of roasted bartlett pear salad, black pepper-crusted lamb chop, and au gratin potatoes.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This is about what I expected. A big sweet malty ale with aggressive resinous hops that probably more resembles an American Barleywine than a Double IPA... The aroma has lots of toffee and resin. Some whiffs of alcohol join, with a touch of grapefruit. Copper colored; pours with a fluffy off-white head that fades to a thin layer. Thin lacing slides along the sides of the glass after each sip. Big and malty, as stated at the top; full-bodied, sweet, and a bit syrupy going down, with mostly resinous, but some citrus hops too. The curacao peel certainly adds an interesting element, and is a welcomed contrast to all the sweet malt. This gets a bit dry in the finish but there’s still a lot of lingering malt. It’s hopped up but there’s not a ton of bitterness. I wasn’t a huge fan of this but I didn’t dislike it either. It’s just a bit too hefty, sticky, and malty for my tastes these days. It is, fortunately, better than the 110K #3 of the series, but that one was pretty bad. Make this an 8-9% Double IPA with curacao peel and the malt kept in check and now we’re talking. Of course, then it wouldn’t be a 110K+OT beer...
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Misty orange brown that kicks up a frothy, off-white head. Nose is orange and vodka, pineapple, pine and toffee. Holy crap! First sip delivers a burst of flavor; almost full body, syrupy with a tingle then bitter and biting. Taste is candied orange peel, cherry pie, grapefruit and pine. Fat and juicy; wish i got paid for OT.
drfabulous (4811) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to Michelle. Big malty Double IPA. Pine and resin. Caramel. Pretty sweet overall.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle–pours gold/amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is orange/tropical fruit, sweet light/medium malt, some spice. Taste is orange/tropical fruit hops, sweet light/medium malt-caramel, some spice @finish. Hops are mostly in flavor, very little bite.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apple cider colored with big, foamy off-white head / Hoppy nose of pine, caramel, citrus / Full body, sweet and malty, chewy, with big, lightly biting hops, with good, sweet but bitter, slightly hot, finish / Big, rich flavors of fresh caramel, cut pine, orange, and grapefruit / A big malty monster, more on the triple ipa side.
Aniela (3750) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Clear golden/orange beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity, hoppy, grassy and metallic aroma. Hoppy, malty, fruity, citrus and metallic flavour.
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Yeast, sweet light fruit, and some barn floor. Hazy orange-brown, 2-cm head, and very slowly rising carbonation. Strong fruit -- stewed peaches -- herbs, alcohol warmth. Deep hopping in mid palate. Sweet finish. Medium-heavy body. Creamy. Seems like it should be sticky, but it isn’t. Almost a dessert beer. Interesting and complex, but a little too sweet in the final. Think it would be better at lower alcohol level.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour, off white head. Very malt forward beer with some clementine, yeast and mild hop aroma. Flavor is sweet, caramel and comes across more like a barelywine.
JPDurden24 (1658) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy and murky amber pour with an off white head. Aroma was malty and resin hops. Tasty is sweet caramel malts with some citrus zest. Not a lot of DIPA, as the hops are light.