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.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange color with a medium head. The ’cloudy’ might be because of all the jostling I had to do to get the wax sealed cap off.
Aroma was more like a barleywine than an IIPA. Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar seems to be the stars here, over-riding the pine/citrus hops. Taste was stupendous, if you’re thinking barleywine. Raisins, brown sugar and spicy/candied orange. The hop presence is even lower in the taste.
A little warm, but no distinct alcohol flavor. Syrupy texture. Sweet finish. This should age really well. Glad to have an extra to try it out.
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin fizzy head of medium sized bubbles. Reduces to a sticky ring around the edges. Huge pine sap aroma with lots of caramel malts, saw dust and ginger. Little bit of fruit in there also. This stuff smells like fresh wet plywood. Maybe this is plywood aged!?! Dark copper in color. Man, I did not realize that this was 13+% when I opened it. Looks like a good night for me! Big alcohol presence and warmng. The tongue is dancing in my mouth right now! Lots of sweet caramel, piney hops, pepper and HEAT!!! Finishes alcoholic and bitter with plenty of sweetness that lingers. A great big powerful IIPA. NICE!!!
LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hoppy pine aroma, hint of citrus and maybe grass/herbs. Creamy off white head, mostly diminishing. The body is hazy and the color a brownish orange. The initial flavor is moderate to heavy bitter, the finish the same; leaves a good bite on the tongue. The body is medium, the texture a little watery and a little creamy. The carbonation is soft.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Date: 05/29/2007
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy dirty white head, drops of lace,
Aroma: huge sweet pine and dark caramel aroma with an earthy character,
Body: big sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of sticky pine character, spicy peppery character, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish,
Aroma: aroma is still the sweet dark caramel and huge sweet piney hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel and crystal malt flavor, hops are still big and piney but the peppery edge is fading until it comes back with a touch of alcohol, bitter finish is less pronounced,
Overall: almost unchanged after almost a year in the IPA fridge showing that cold storage works,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Why do I love getting bitch-slapped by these huge hop bombs again and again...? There is a certain pleasure in just surviving the experience. But this potent resiny brew is just a joy for this inveterate hophead. Big bitter nose...I think heaven is located somewhere in the PNW. Pine and citrusy acids singe the tongue, palate, and throat...in that order. But there is a big sweet caramely malt bottom that anchors this baby pretty well, too. Since in heaven there is no beer...I guess you’ll find me enjoying these in hell.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #100! Tasted 8/8/07. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a beautiful amber hue. Webbed white head. Caramel and lime citrus aromas. Big bold and full bodied. Big caramel malts and alcohol burn. The malts hold a nice coffee acidity. Big roasty malt flavors. Huge and delicious.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW 2007. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of malty caramel, graham, crushed pine needles, and citrusy hops. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a cotton candy-ish note accompanied by malty caramel, grapefruity hops, and assertive alcohol and hop bitterness.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A familiar IIPA aroma. REminds me of Moylans with the strong hops and malt balance. Very thick however there are a lot of large floaties. It is good but the sense of been there done that remains.