mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden amber on the pour, small white head. Smells of butterscotch, caramel, honey, and lots of hops. Taste is immensely sweet syrupy malt, alcohol, oak, and hops in the finish. A little heavy on malt and alcohol, completely overpowers the hops. Still enjoy it though, because I love barley wines too, and this is essentially a hopped barley wine.
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of really great hop flavor with a nice balance of malts. A good sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm. nice dark amber color.
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber with medium beige head. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and pine notes. Serious hoppy flavour with with grapefruit and pine notes. Finsihed dry and bitter. Lovely!
riversideAK (6057) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super sweet barley wine like nose. Some citrus and floral hops, but the malts are the ambassador in the nose of this one. Hops come through in the form of tangerine and orange. Orange gold pour with a thinnish head. THe flavor is also very malty. Lots of caramel. Some not so fresh hops. Notes of flowers, tobacco, and some oranges. The flavor is almost sickly sweet and solvent like to me. Long piney finish lingers after the alcohol and sweetness decides to take off.
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 13.6%. Very caramelly aroma. Cloudy dark amber colour. Good caramelly and sweet vanilla flavour. Nicely sweet and spicy, oak and cigarbox. Mellow dried fruit flavour, very pleasant.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2008
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Drain pour. This was so syrupy and malty that I could not drink it. Hops were there. Aroma was heavy malt and then hops. There is no balance - reminded me of some form of old fashioned medicine. I love DIPAs [Pliny, Port 15, Dreadnaught, Ruination, etc.] but this one is so extreme that it goes over the edge.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, aged about a year or so. Pours a hazy amber, small off-white head. Aroma is oily hops and caramel. Flavor serves up a palate of slightly sweet hops, malt and caramel, but not in a cloying manner. Had to look at the bottle when I was half way through the glass, didn’t realize this stuff was 13.6% !!! Alcohol was very well hidden, sneaks up on ya and smacks ya !!! Almost like a DFH 120, but much more enjoyable. Great beer, hope I can get my hands on more.
yespr (39627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange to light brown with a diminished white head. Dense spiced hoppy aroma. Sweet malty at first with an intense hoppy flavour following. Dense bitter and dry wooden hops flavoured. Smooth and nicely balance finish with a light malt base just enough to match the hops flavours.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer Tasting at Heritage Liquor(Maplewood, MN) - pours orange/amber with a decent size white creamy head that fades quickly leaving just a small white film. The nose is amazing, hops all the way, tons of citrus. The first drink, it was really sweet and really bitter. Big hop flavor, pine, citrus (grapefruit and orange) you can taste the caramel malt behind all the hops. The body is full with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden, but it is there. Overall, this is a very well done Double IPA.
after4ever (7414) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Thanks, Riverside! Crystal clear dark gold. Thin gray rim. Light webby lace. Bitter orange pith notes. Smells like candied citrus fruits baked in a heavily glazed pastry. Thick, sticky, syrupy body. Good night Irene, this is a heavy big beer. Slushy and goopy, plenty of caramel and grainy sweetness. The fruits and candies come through it all somehow. Long sticky finish. Finally some hops pop up for a cameo in the back of your throat, long after the swallow.