GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
No wax seal this year. Amber pour with a thin dark white head. Aroma is of hops-grapefruit and pine. Taste malt for a sec then the hps take over.Hop and malt aftertatse. For 13.6 ABV, the alcohol is not noticeable. It is a nice well-balanced beer. Only negative was the head that went away too quick.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours hazy medium orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is slightly malty of cookies, heavily hoppy of pine, grapefruit and lemon. heavily yeasty of leather , apples and cherries. Flavor is well balanced for an IPA, nice nutty malty backbone, piny and citrys hops dominate. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated, light alcohol in the finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color with tiny off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is full of rich, deep caramel, vanilla, oak, orangel peel, faint citrusy hops. Flavor is rich with chewy malts, caramel, oak. Finish is mildly sweet, palate is just a bit thin. This is pretty decent, however this is definitely a barleywine in style.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep copper orange color, minimal head. Flavor is heavily caramelized malts, followed by strong bittering hops that are primarily grassy and a bit piney. Finish is very grassy, but not in a bad way, and slightly soft. Full bodied for this style of beer. Holy shit, I just looked at the ABV, had no idea this is 13%! Alcohol is completely hidden, no notes of it at all. Overall a solid beer, watch out this stuff will creep on you!
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of mibirder. Thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Aroma is hugely toffee with citrus hops. Taste is citrus hops with a big toffee note. Some raisin notes as well. Full bodied.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy amber with strong aroma of citrus hops. Hints of caramel, fruit, and alcohol. A bit warm in the mouth and throat, but leaves a very nice hoppy taste in the mouth afterward. Take time to drink this beer.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Bottle. Pours a very dark amber color, close to a brown. Smells is very deep, and complex hoppy. earthy pine notes of malts and pine hops. Taste is great, deep, complex and a little too sweet. A lot of hoppy vanilla notes, great hop character. Great, high ABV DIPA. alcohol is hidden very well.
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle, Pours dark amber, orange. No foaming, no head. Strong citrus/floral aroma. Taste is brutal, wonderful, hop bitterness is not for the faint of heart, the alcohol presence is obvious. Strong finish, over the top hops, lovely. Good DIPA
BuckeyeBoy (5966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a hazy amber/orange topped with a small head. Aroma citrus and sweet caramel hops. Tast was of sweetness, hop, and plenty caramel. Plenty hop bitterness a tasty double.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from hannont, big thanks Todd. Murky brown pour. Sweet malty citrusy aroma, very interesting. Not alot of hop character left on this bad boy, more like a barley wine now. Very smooth and malty, with just a little bit of hops in the finish, quite tasty.