iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz waxed bottle, no date, thanks to Duane for giving me this for no other reason than for him giving me room and board. I also apologize to anyone that was hoping to sample this at a tasting--I’m selfish and my gf wanted to try it as well. I remember this was phenomenal at GTMD ’07 (notes to follow).
Hazy copper red with a few bubbles and a ring of beige for a head--a few floaties noted. Aroma is quite hoppy--citrus fruits, raspberries, and blueberries follow. There is also some pineapple amongst the strong caramel malt backbone. At room temperature (go figure), the alcohol is indicative of the strength, but I still wouldn’t put this at 13.6%. Lots of caramel in the flavor with the hops not being the highlight. Flavor still has the berries, added pine, and pineapple, but aren’t in your face. Lightly earthy with a bit of husky grain. Bitterness peaks at a 3-4, and as I said before, the alcohol is masked well. I’d think this was more like an 8% brew. Also, at this point I’d say it’s more like a somewhat balanced American barleywine, and man is it good. Full syrupy body with low low carbonation. If I remember correctly, at the Great Taste ’07 this was hoppy as all hell and I (still) loved it.
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and caramel as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, hops, and peaches as well as a light dusty note from the hops. The body is like thick hop juice and the alcohol burns slihghtly in the throat.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big on hops, sure, but one of the most mellow, well balanced IIPAs I’ve tried. Pours a dark amber, lots of sediment, and a quickly fading off white/light tan head. Nose is hops and citrus, at first - very nice - and becomes more noticeably sweet, with notes of caramel, and malty as it warms (and, in truth, as I, too, am warmed by it). Flavor is long lasting, with alcohol and hops dominating the front, along with noticeable sweet and creamy notes, and a long, creamy hop finish. While I can probably, to some extent, be described as a "hop head," I’m rarely a big fan of beers that are hoppy, simply for the sake of hoppiness, with little else of any worth. This beer is not one of those. Well rounded, delicious, and full. A great brew!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, amber colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel and light alcohol sweet aroma with fruity and hoppy notes. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with notes of fruit, hops and alcohol.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by foofaa. Pours a somewhat lcloudy amber color with a smallish tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, spices, alcohol and some floral notes. Taste is much the same, with the malty sweetness coming to the front. somewhat hot.
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-amber pour with a huge amount of suspended sediment. Very thin brown head. Sweet aroma, lots of piney hops, light citrus and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is initially pretty thin but once the resinous hops hit, it gets a lot thicker and resinous. Lots of alcohol heat towards the middle. Finish reveals a bit more pine, some orange citrus, alcohol, nice element of dried, dark fruits. Sweet, sticky and long bitter finish.
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to foofaa. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a bunch of floaties and a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, tangerine, floral, pine, candy sweetness and some light alcohol. Flavor of malty sweetness, hops, citrus, resiny pine, caramel and some alchol.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, with thanks to Gregis for bringing this back for me from Sprinkle’s place in Indy. Pours a dark copper, clear with plenty of chunky yeast floating around, a sizable off-white head that persists, good lacing. Aroma is initially floral, with some pine and citrus rising out as it warms; some caramel malts present as well. Flavor is some sweet malts intermingling nicely with the hops bitterness; alcohol is undetectable, long bitter finish. Very interesting throughout!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, alcohol, and pine. Poured a turbid brown/orange with a small off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy and murky. Opaque. Good lacing. Lots of floating particles, mostly large. Medium bitter flavor. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, and caramel. Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Chunky texture. Biter citrus-hop finish.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
You’re a barleywhiner. Am not! Am too! Am not! Am too! Mooooommm! Bottle from Styles in July ’07, drank 10/10/07. After difficulty, I popped the waxed cap to reveal a wonderful hoppy aroma. After pouring into my glass, the aroma morphs into a wonderful melanoidin malt smell. The head is small but of a wonderful consistency of small microbubbles fighting their way through the heavy bodied liquid. Amber color, heavily cloudied by the sediment I poured into the glass. Taste is of a great combination of sweet fruity malt and side of the tongue bitterness. Reminds me other great strong IPAs: Devil Dancer, 2yr old Double Bastard. 4.5, but could easily be a 4.6. Excellend beer.