SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy sprinkle. Hazy copper/bronze. Small, frothy, light tan cap. Big resinous pine tree hops, tangerines, lightly toasted caramel in the aroma. Flavor adds some floral and spicy notes, strong malt support, some juicyness, and a dry, lightly yeasty finish. Would never guess 13% abv. Full body, balanced, juicy. Great brew.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brownish amber with a very nice head and a bunch of floaties swimming in the glass. The floaties are not appealing to me to be honest. Nose is very malty over pine. Flavor is thickly malty, viscous, and the hops actually place second to the malt barage. Sweet with some fruit, this is pretty close to a barleywine. I canít believe Iím actually saying this but I wouldnít mind bit more of a hop profile. Still in all, I did enjoy this very much of a sipper brew. Thanks to sprinkle for the bottle.
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2006 wax cap bottle from Styles. Very interesting beer. Aroma is pungent hops and a rich malt balance that burns a little as you sniff. Flavor is big malts and hops, loads of caramel and super-bitter pine, bleach. Pours with lots of floaties. This beer is big and evil and real nice.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, cellar-aged for 1 year in my buddy Danís cellar, poured into an oversized wine glass
A: this beer just LOOKS evil, a much darker "burnt" orange, very cloudy and with very little head or lacing, though the first few sips do leave some glass residue.
S: I can instantly tell this beer has been aged, the yeast working the sugars have produced a delicious caramelized aroma coupled with some brown sugar scents. I detect not much in the way of hops, but again, that could be from the aging.
T: *eyes bug out* Wow, this is an amazing tasting beer. Itís gone from being a DIPA to something, more transcendental and glorious. Never fear those who say aging a DIPA is "terrible," the hoppiness still makes itself known in the lingering finish, but there is so much robust, complex flavor on the nose and body, I canít even care yet. There is no doubt the malts have taken over the flavoring of this beer (though I cannot be entirely sure, as this was a gift and Iíve never had one fresh), lots of sugary tastes, ranging from sweetbread to honey to caramel. Whatever it is, itís delicious. You would have NO idea this is a 13.6% ABV brew.
M: somewhat thick, not too syrupy though. Very little carbonation makes it pretty easy to take larger-than-normal mouthfuls, a risky descriptor given the high ABV.
D: I scored this one down here simply because itís become very sweet, and as has been mentioned several times has a very high ABV. I could take one of these every so often, it would make a nice after-dinner beer accompanying a tart dessert.
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber brown pour and a bit hazy. Very sweet palate with a bit citrus and malt. Goes down easy with little carbonation as hoppy as I would expect from a double but enjoyable.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Ughsmash for the bottle. Lots of thick caramel malt in the aroma--which flows from a very hazy brownish-orange body. Very thick and sticky palate that coats your mouth and throat. Heavy doses of caramel malt and alcohol dominate the flavor. Tastes more like a barleywine for sure. Not a ton of hops, and very hot.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was good but a lot like a barley wine.Aroma was sweet malt and lots of citrus hops.Pours a murky brown with a white head.The flavor was really dominated by alcohol.Mouthfeel was very thick with a very sweet finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with 11026 - Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head that faded quickly. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is resin, citrus, floral and esters. Flavor is sweet caramel and esters. Medium to full body. Nice smooth finish with no lingering bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. A nice 2IPA/Barleywine. Thanks Steven.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 12 oz Bottle via Styles (thanks!). Pours a dark hazy reddish amber with a tiny head. Nose is like a barleywine. Very sweet, lots of fruity esters, especially pineapple. Tastes like it smells. Much closer to a Barleywine than a IIPa. Some fruity esters, wood, lots of caramel malts, some older pineapply and piney hops, and a strong alcohol finish. Perhaps this is an older bottle. Of course at 13.6% ABV, perhaps this is just the effect of so much alcohol and malts. Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.As an IIPA it is not that good, but as a Barleywine it is quite good!************4/9/07-rerate-orig rating was 7/3/7/4/15
12 oz bottle VIA trade (thanks to whoever sent this!). Bottle marked march 06 in sharpee marker. Pours a avery hazy dark orange with a tiny white head. Smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA. Tastes like a hoppy barleywine as well. Lots of fusel alcohol, fruity easters from the yeast, a moderate amount of butterscotch (diacytl), and lots of earthy & citrus hops. Full body with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. As an IIPA, it is not very good, as a Barleyine, is is ok and within style, and the 13.6% abv is hidden to the point that there is almost no heat (just a bit of warmth), but you do know it is there. I am rating this as to how well i enjoy it, but knocking off a few tenths for style.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very cloudy golden hue with a minimal white head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is thick with flavors of pine, grapefruit and a smooth finish. For how string this brew is, the alcohol is mellowed.