xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from discount liquors in milwaukee, I must admit that this is the freshest bottle of this beer but it is pretty potent overall and doesn’t take away from the score at all. Brilliant orange/red amber color with small off-white head and some lacing. Huge citrus/grapefruit aroma with big caramel malt, alc and earthy tones. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, a little dough/cookie, big hops of grapefruit/pine/citrus (very strong pineapple as well), alc is pretty strong but not obtrusive, very interesting. Med, creamy body with slight alc burn. Very interesting brew, another well done brew from Dark Horse.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this brew is scary good in numerous ways. the malt flavor in this is divine, and while the hops are almost secondary, they add a soft bitterness to balance out the flavors. however, what makes this truly scary is the fact that it drinks more like a 5% beer...not one thats almost 14%. no one i shared this with could believe it was that strong. i could imagine drinking 3-4 of these easily...based on flavor and palate alone. however, im afraid of what 3-4 of these would do to me. fantastic beer
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 TRUMP! This double version pours a hazed honey color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth and reduces to a decent lace. I think it’s genetic. Looks like liquid caramel. The aroma is balanced w/ goopy malts and strict hopsy citrus rind. Nice! Full nectar w/ ample creamy residual effers. This is a malt bomb for sure but Robo Hop is right round the corner with his street sweeper and cleans the palce up nicely leaving asprin scar tissue to deal with. I am amazed a brew like this can be so well balanced. Fat caramel malts, and fat caramel malts meet up w/ a very strict curfew and like I said, Robo Hop is there to sweep up the mess. Chewy citrus caramel, leather, aged citrus rind, cotton candy essence, and a pinch of sodium. The finish is bittered perfectly and leaves a lingering asprin burn to remind me from whince I came. Drink with caution for the alcohol is hidden like a sniper in the mud. I could drink a few of these. I wouldn’t, but I could =) Highly recommended.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 This is pretty decent. I am not sure if I have had this fresh or not, but it tastes more malty than it does overly hoppy. Definitely taste the hops but very caramel with a nice astringency of hop bitterness at the end. Decent, but not great. 7/3/7/3/15
Veggies, caramel malt, fruit. Some biscuit, banana, butter, tropical fruit, creamy dense hops. Drinks like a malty DIPA with no noticeable Alc and lingers well. 7/3/8/4/15
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to footbalm – Cloudy orange-amber with no head. Aroma is sugary-sweet and malty with a nice floral-citrus essence. Taste is a nice orange-flowery-sugary mix that has lots of sweet malts and an abundance of thick hoppy flavors. Maybe not the freshest, but certainly a very smooth DIPA that hides that 13%+ ABV. This one seems to venture into barleywine territory, much like some of my favorite HOTD beers – It even inspired me to crack open 3 year old Fred. A nice beer that takes this beer style in a slightly different (but tasty) direction)
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a little white head. Lovely aroma of caramel, hops, and big alpha.
Very sweet hoppy and caramel flavour - very nice indeed and with an alcoholic finish.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy beautiful orange golden body, beautiful white head; Big beautiful orange peel pine aroma near perfect mix, great; Actually a little thin body, soft very sweet slightly bitter; Medium long finish sweet bitter balanced, perfumed orange pine aromas.
oakbluff (413) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via xav33- thanks! Cracked this baby on my birthday. Seemed like a suitable bday beer. Pours out a dark tangerine, cloudy and not much head. Aroma is very nice- a real blast of thick hops and malt. Taste- heavy citrus and syrupy malts. Booze is not all that noticable for a beer of this potency. Very flavourable- not astringent from the hops, nor too cloying from the shit load of malt in ths thing. Drinkability is high which is probably a very dangerous thing. This would be deadly in a bomber! Overall, very enjoyable beer and very happy to get a change to try it.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks, Mike! Deep amber with a pungent nose, as is to be expected from a DIPA. Very powerful grapefruit nose, with a slick malt presence that’s not quite assertive enough to provide the balance I think a beer this potent needs. The result is that this very flavorful and rich beer finishes with an almost astringent quality. It’s still fine, I think, and perhaps I should simply have aged it longer. Reason enough to search for another bottle, and a possible rerate, because I sure like Dark Horse.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh to be surprised. Aroma of something funky that I couldn’t place. I almost was afraid to drink this one, I thought it might have been bad. It turned out to be a very nice surprise. Big hops but nicely balanced against the malt.