Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ monthly De Molen tasting. Nice reddish color, medium sized beige head that leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma has malts, lightly hops, lightly sweetness. Taste malts, hops, tea, bitter. Dislike the tea flavors in there. Decent body, medium carbonation.
Vaiz (4334) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at 2nd tuesday tasting @ De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma is spicy, well hopped with grass, tea, and grapefruit. Flavor is quite bitter, with a decent spicy malty backbone. A bit off balance but with a decent body.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty nice looking, poured the bomber into a tall 20oz imperial pint glass, topped off with the last couple ounces. Rusty copper colored, some haze, many small, fine rising bubbles, a tannish head that had pretty good staying power and left good lacing.
I’ve seen this beer listed or spoken of as different styles, imperial amber, amber ale, American strong ale, but I’m really getting an almost barleywine vibe from this one. Aroma has that heavy, pungent maltiness of a barleywine, but a little more of the smooth caramel malts, toffee, and bread. Flavor is reminiscent of a barleywine too, but a little smoother, with lots of maltiness, a touch of chocolate malt maybe, some toffee and caramel, some crackers and breadiness, topped off with a heaping helping of bitterness.
Body is thick and chewy with a bitter finish, leaving lingering pungent malts and lingering bitterness. Alcohol is not very noticeable.
It’s quite a tasty barleywine for an American amber/imperial red/strong ale/whatever it is. I did rather enjoy it tho, will have to try something else from Clown Shoes.
Modularman (132) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, aroma of pine and caramel, appearance is cloudy light brown with a light tan head, taste is carbonated with grass and burnt popcorn, finishes dry and bitter, overall good beer with a little too bitter of a finish
gripweed57 (1385) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a large bubbly beige head. Big toasted malt nose with notes of burnt sugar and alcohol. Lots of toasted malt and bitter hops. Hints of burnt caramel, resiny hops and overdone microwave popcorn. There area lot of flavors going on here. A bit disjointed.
merc7186 (2953) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Reddish/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Great Lacing
S: Piney, Grainy
T: Piney, Biscuits, Mild Bittering Hops
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Grainy
Overall, a pretty nice imperial red hoppy beer with nice blend.
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Red with fine white lacing. Aroma is burnt toffee and marmelade . Flavour continues with toffee, dried orange peel and spruce gum
Johnsense (1368) - - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red pour with a baby finger of head. Aromas still fairly hoppy, some toffee in there as well. Piney hops, toffee, fairly sweet, some citrus fruit in there as well. Slight burnt character in there as well. Wouldn’t mind a fresher sample but with a bit of age on this its still pretty good
Habanero (4118) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy amber with a lacing, off-white head. Aroma of burned malt, pine and some citrussy hops. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and with some bitterness. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent brew.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red with an everlasting tan head.
Smells of lots of caramel malt with some piney scent from the hops.
Taste is up front caramel what you’d expect from an amber, but also a load of piney and a bit of citrusy hops. Roasted malt notes are also detectable. Finishes extremely bitter and dry at the end of the palate.
Mouthfeel/carb are pretty spot on for the style.
I like my ambers hopped up, and this is a good beer, but I think they missed on the profile a little bit. Everything ends up being a bit too bitter when the roasted malts and piney hops are added together. Maybe a bit more lean toward a citrusy hop could have made it a tad less harsh.