milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
VERY piney nose.....high hop aroma.Very herbal and fresh...I could smell this all day. Flavor falls a bit short of the aroma.....more of a general bitterness with only subtle hop flavors. Sweet malt finish. Malt and hops not in balance....would have liked more hop flavor, and less malt presence.
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Darker color. Little head tells of booze to come, but 13%? That is hidden in the flavor, but not the effect.
Share this with someone or sleep on the couch tonight.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a four-pack (with green waxed tops) from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit jest, some slight pine, a touch of herb spice and caramel malt. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of bitter grapefruit, caramel malt a touch of black pepper with some sweet tangerine. Finish is semi-sweet bitter with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste.
tompete (242) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth hop smell and a orange amber color. Very thick looking, but not thick in the mouth. Balance towards bitterness. Good malt backbone with a solid hop flavor very well balanced. Nice.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: I first though that the wax over the bottle cap was cool. However, after almost stabbing myself trying to remove it, my opinion changed. Nevertheless, good double IPA. Hides the alcohol very well. Not very thick for a DIPA. Good.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid copper in color with a moderate head of small bubbles. Aromas were of sweet citric hops, rich caramel and soft spice overtones. In the mouth this is full-bodied and concentrated with plenty of malt to balance the hops. The rich midpalate fades to a slightly sour finish. Amazingly this does not come off as hot given the high alcohol level.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Horse is a force to be reckoned with. Pours a deep, murky amber with a foamy off-white head. Potent aroma of pine and citrus hops, fresh hay, and cracked black pepper, with caramel peeking through. Full-bodied. The hops clearly overshadow the caramel sweetness but don’t obliterate it. Nor does the high ABV present itself in the taste, though it does have its effect. This is a keeper to be stored to see what could happen.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a heavily carbonated dark beer with faint off white rocky head. Sweet bitter hop aroma with faint malts. Bitter grapefruit hop body with a caramel malt undertone. I loved the sweet he bitter finish. Amazing.
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to tytoanderso for trading me this one. No idea on the date or year of this, green wax. Dark amber with a thin white head. Huge pineapple and citrus grapefruit aroma and flavor. Some resiny and flower hops as well. Great malty backbone to this one. Very well balanced and just delicious. Finished with not one hint of the ABV. Very very good.
sthlm (1251) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, thanks a lot Tytoanderso!] Pours deep red with a nearly nonexistent head. Aroma is big on pineapple and grapefruit when first poured, but as it warms it the malt starts to really show through more with some alcohol also present. Taste is very malty and then the hops and alcohol kick in. Fairly thick mouthfeel with a decent bitter-citrus finish. A very solid beer.