AWISLguy (668) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Cardinal Wine in Niles shared with ck1. April 2011 date on bottle. Pours orange red with a foamy solid orange head leaving great lacing. Aroma has sweet caramel, fruits and hops. Taste follows with
sweet malts, dark sweet/sour fruit, tropical fruits and a range of hops. A
bit rough, quite typical american strong. Finishes sweet and sour, and grainy with malt. Curious what an April 2012 one would taste like.
drjay44 (2132) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with slight lacing, over a clear, medium amber (SRM 13) body......nose is treacle, plum, heavy pine, resin, citrus, slight floral tones....taste is heavy bitter hop with hints of pine, citrus, light touches of toffee/caramel, then barnyard !!, becoming dry, leading to a lingering hop bitterness.....mouth feel medium, minimally sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes for light acid bite. The hops are utterly dominant, but not cleanly so in this bottle, as there is a bit of a muddle in the hop aromas and flavors. I would have preferred more crystal/caramel malt influence in the malt backbone. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Leighton (6988) - London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Imperial tasting - Copenhagen. Thanks to Ken-O. Pours clear amber with a fine, white foam head. Medium sweet flavor, quite bitter, lots of pine and dirt. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild resinous finish, mostly earthy, bitter grass. So so.
Niko100 (1490) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, fruit, and some citrus; Finish is fairly bitter with some alcohol; Not too bad.
shrubber85 (5977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange caramel malt and orange peel aroma. Dark amber with small head. Sweet light orange-caramel and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Overall a nice brew.
Patrickctenchi (1700) - columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Orange-brown with a minimal head of soapy islands...
Aroma is orange peel.
Taste is bitter orange-peel, resin, malt.
Leafy and dry.
Imaena (848) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at GCB. This is a really hoppy brew with a lot of complex citrus flavors.
Awktoberfest (96) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2013 Kind of a standard slash average double/strong ale... Muted hop aromas and tastes... Overly bitter unbalanced with sweetness throughout...not many positives on this one...there really are a small percentage of double ipa strong ale type beers worth trying.. This is not one of them yet.. Like the shoes though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikem409 (1142) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours orange with foamy white head. aroma of sugar and oranges. taste is hoppy and boozy.
coldbrewky (1319) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via beer world. After a very windy day of moving gravel and prepping supplies and equipment for the hop yard I settled into my last beer of the day. Expanding foam head nearly overflows my largest glass. Nose is fizzy malt. Body is hop-centric and thick with pine sap. Malts barely get thru. I have been running many classic lines from kung fu movies in my head to try to fit something witty into this rating since it is #1300 for me....I came up with this...... " Your Kung-fu is no good! (finger wagging) That style is only taught to Chil-dren. HaHahHaHah....." This beer did deliver a distinctive dry finish as stated, but all the hop talk was a bit on the thick side of droll. I will finish with another witty stupid line from another bad kung fu movie where the hero has just kicked everyone’s asses in a rice bar and while walking out is approached by a sultry lady..... "Hey Mistah...wanna dance?" "No thank you, my feet are killing me!" Heavy sigh, just like I did after finishing this beer. Meh.
BoBoChamp (4195) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl, new American brew Anno 2010, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex bitter brew, malty/sweet and slightly fruity/woody, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, yet expensive!