ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, amber colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel and light alcohol sweet aroma with fruity and hoppy notes. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with notes of fruit, hops and alcohol.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by foofaa. Pours a somewhat lcloudy amber color with a smallish tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, spices, alcohol and some floral notes. Taste is much the same, with the malty sweetness coming to the front. somewhat hot.
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-amber pour with a huge amount of suspended sediment. Very thin brown head. Sweet aroma, lots of piney hops, light citrus and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is initially pretty thin but once the resinous hops hit, it gets a lot thicker and resinous. Lots of alcohol heat towards the middle. Finish reveals a bit more pine, some orange citrus, alcohol, nice element of dried, dark fruits. Sweet, sticky and long bitter finish.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to foofaa. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a bunch of floaties and a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, tangerine, floral, pine, candy sweetness and some light alcohol. Flavor of malty sweetness, hops, citrus, resiny pine, caramel and some alchol.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, with thanks to Gregis for bringing this back for me from Sprinkle’s place in Indy. Pours a dark copper, clear with plenty of chunky yeast floating around, a sizable off-white head that persists, good lacing. Aroma is initially floral, with some pine and citrus rising out as it warms; some caramel malts present as well. Flavor is some sweet malts intermingling nicely with the hops bitterness; alcohol is undetectable, long bitter finish. Very interesting throughout!
michael-pollack (4959) - 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 (2485) - 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 (447) - 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.