GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle with a bright yellow-green cap, 06 or 07 vintage I think.
Pours a deep clear amber with a small soapy head that recedes immediately to nothing.
Really sugary sweet nose but with lots of hops too. Almost like sugar-dipped grapefruit and pineapple. The alcohol is evident and burns the nostrils.
Taste is massively sweet with tons of caramelized malts and sugar, with a nice dose of hops that still shine through after a few years. Grapfruits and oranges, which get swept away by the boozy burn in the finish.
Mouthfeel is close to that of a dessert wine - port-like really. Low, soft carbonation and heavy sugary feel.
This is certainly a big beer ith lots of flavor and lots of booze. Not too bad if you’re looking for an alternative to a dessert wine. If you’re looking for a DIPA (or triple IPA for that matter), look elsewhere.
S_Side_Smitty (700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange with a minimal head. Aroma is tangerine and mango all day long! Taste is tangerine, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit and everything I love about the tropics. A certain kind of sweet maltiness creeps in at the mid followed by a green citrus rind and alchohol impact of a finish. Is this an ale or a liqueur? Don’t care any more. Awesome, awesome, awesome!
rgf001 (314) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
At the brewery. Too heavy for an IPA. Makes for a nice barley wine. Sipping only.
Alengrin (4339) - BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2016
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Finally got to taste this legend at BeerTemple in Amsterdam (where it is as heavily priced as it is hopped). Lightly lacing, stable, off-white, moussy head on a deep orange golden beer with no visible fizz. Evidently strong aroma of Grand Marnier, marmelade, mango, whisky, nail polish, methylated spirit, strawberry wine, candied banana - alcohol overpowering the hops but enhancing their orange-like qualities at the same time. Intense flavor of strong candied orange and orange liqueur, some underlying sourishness but sweetness dominating, thick oily mouthfeel, soft carbo, honeyish and biscuity malt sweetness, long finish with a lot of peppery and orangey hop bitterness but still it is the liqueurish sweetness which prevails, along with a hefty dosis of intense, burning, peppery, brandy-like alcohol. I don’t get this, I liked the 90 Minute a lot, but this to me is just over the top, way too boozy to be enjoyable at least to my personal taste. Glad I had it, though.
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Huge boozy, orange, grassy and crazy hop aromas. Flavors are tough, boozy, herbal, orange hop notes. Can’t believe I’ve never put in this rating.
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No needs for introductions -- I think most people know this one. Ludicrously boozy, insanely rich, and with an IBU count that’s purely theoretical this one earns its reputation. I’ve never been so happy to split a 12oz bottle with 4 people.
tsd08460 (752) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fat Tuesdays in Warrenton
Aroma: alcohol, caramel, citrus,
Appearance: clear amber with a white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium-full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish
ibrubeer (284) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. VERY boozy aroma. Obviously hoppy. Dark amber color, with no head. Very boozy flavor, thick viscous body. Bitter, but not what I would call hoppy. Not my favorite, but interesting.
Dorkenstein (395) - - MAY 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2016 Booze, caramel, and pine tar aromas. Taste is pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and booze. A nice sipper.
Ron (3507) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Beer Market at College Town. Orange/gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol some citrus & tropical fruits. Taste some alcohol in the finish but it does not take away from the complex flavor. There is a hint of spice in the taste as well.
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
July 28, 2015. Bottled February 17, 2014, tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!
Light hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is very sweet with toffee, resin, dried apricots, some mango, orange, herbal notes and warming alcohol. Taste is very sweet malty and fruity with caramel, notes of dried fruits, medium bitterness with some floral, herbal and pine notes. Warming alcohol finish with a herbal bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily texture soft carbonation.
Very sweet and fruity, liqueur like.