Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.
The color is a dark amber/maroon with a finger and a half foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy with some interesting malt background. There is some interesting fruity aromas that come out in big beers like this. An orange and grapefruit aroma that is sweet and sour at the same time.
The taste is so sweet with a malty flavor I have to stop in my tracks and pry the different flavors apart. There is a grapefruit flavor that is sweet ad sugary and is so sweet it takes on a sugary mass of flavor with some slight orange and other citrus flavors as it makes up the tent-pole of this beer. There is a sugary flavor that is holding in the hoppy bitterness and keeps it from taking over. This beers flavor is turned up to eleven.
The feel of this beer is big, there is a whole lot of beer here and it is nothing to toy with. Some truly great back-end flavors and a nice slap on the back from the ABV is there to say hello. A beer with a smooth feel and a big kick.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Thanks Timo A!
Clear amber golden color with a small off-white head.
Dark fruity hops, moderate bitterness and sweet malt in the aroma.
The flavor is sweet malt, sweet hops, alcohol and some herbal notes. Strong.
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Kristall-König (2498) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Geruch äußerst angenehm nach Grapefruit, Mango, Malz und leckerem Kuchen. Beginnt süß-ölig. Anschließend Zitruseinschläge, Grapefruit, Malz. Alkoholisch gepfefferter Abgang, gleichwohl fein ölig, süß, Zitrus. Sehr gut; im Abgang dominiert der Alkohol. Dieses Bier hätte Franklin Pierce gemundet.
klm1 (508) - - AUG 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown, haze/opaque, with stable creamy white head which stays for a few minutes.
Aroma is gorgeous: basket of tropical/mediterranean fruits (oranges, mango, kiwi, lemon, avocado etc.), without any trace of an alcohol (12% abv.?!).
Flavor: Alcohol is mild noticable. Malt sweetness is high (prevails notes of wheat, bread, with hints of caramel), but is almost perfectly balanced with hop bitterness, which is medium/high (prevails esters of tropical/mediterranean fruits, with some floral and even spicy notes.
body is soft and almost like by barley wine sticky. Carbonation is soft.
Very proper Imperial Ipa.
dlovell2 (1267) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. No date on bottle so I have no idea how old this is. Dark amber color with off white head. Aroma is grain, caramel malt and pine resin. Syrupy mouth feel. Rich caramel malt start with brown sugar. Some fruity flavors in the middle. The finish is pine resin. Some lingering bitterness and booziness.
HoppyScallywag (128) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy malt and caramel aroma. Quite a bit of sediment floating in it after the pour with even more at the bottom of the bottle. Malt flavor is blatantly dominant with a slight caramel left on the palate, followed by a warming alcohol feel. Pretty darn good, but at $7 a bottle I probably wouldn't get it again.
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rjplumer (688) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bold malt aroma. Rich hazy brown body finger thick fine foamed head. Deep malt taste balanced with bitter bite, so well so it gives it smooth sipping quality. Only by it warming your palate does it give away it’s Imperial strength of 12.0% ABV(as per bottle label).
ABT_S54 (275) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle poured into a shaker. Dark amber/light brown colour with a thick off white head which lasts to the (bitter) end. Aroma is strong hops (as you would no doubt expect) but less overpowering than other DIPAs there is clearly a lot of malt at work here. Taste is very malt dominated with the hops becoming more evident as it warms up. I served this chilled and the taste profile evolved massively as it warmed. Almost barley wine sweetness with a pine, resinous and grassy hop profile which are in such massive quantities you could hardly suggest it is balanced but all the aspects are here. Very, very good example of the style and wonderfully over the top. Will seek out again.
BlazerT (280) - POLAND - AUG 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep amber, very little hasy with white, semi-densed, medium head. Nice lacing and medicore head retention. Nose is ripe fruits, fresh, resinous, plums rasins. Also strong sweet caramel aroma, light boozy character. Taste is sweet and semi-bitter in the end. Full body, thick and sticky texture, average carbonation, finish is semi-bitter and short, light to medium alcohol warming.. In overall big beer - ABV is 12%, packed with caramel and fruits with medium hoppy character.
mateuszk (1021) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours amber, clear with noce head. Aroma of pine, resin and tropical fruits with strong malty side. In taste sweet, malty and catamely withpiney flavours. Strong grapefrut bitterness, sticky texture. Alcohol almost not noticable in 13%ABV beer. Fantastic.
Desverger (4273) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - pours orange amber with a white head. Aroma and taste comprises sweet tropical fruits, prominent grapefruit, tangerine, citric peel, big sweet malty backbone, caramel, toffee, resinous herbal hoppy, pine needles, bitter finish. Beast of a IIPA.