chalicemaster (34) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pretty much perfect. Itís an absolutely gorgeous malty IPA that is just bursting with rich, earthy flavour. The balance of malt, hops, wood and yeast works so well. Just enough bitterness on the back of the tongue, and a truly fantastic nutty feeling that you canít quite place but comes back stronger with each sip. The aroma is malt with just a little caffeine on the surface. The pour is dark and golden. I love this beer.
DylansDad (157) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is very sweet with plums, alcoholic Xmas cake and over ripe stone fruit of some kind. Taste is same with a bitterness swamped by the sweetness. Finish is increasingly sweet, sticky with rough alcohol. This is not a great beer, but it is a bit better than average. Itís like itís trying to be too much, it ís a bit too big for its boots and should be shaved down to a more spritely 5%
fishonmyplane (199) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer, but over the years I think that it has been surpassed by other imperial IPAís. It does have a "great malt backbone" as they say - maybe even too great, because it doesnít really taste like an IPA. I would almost call this an American strong ale in the style of Stoneís double bastard ale. And some of the flavors, like figs and raisins, are reminiscent of a barleywine or a quad. Itís hoppy, but the hops are balanced, and almost overpowered, by the malty flavors. Regardless, itís a classic and a great brew.
dfearnley (319) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to taster
Light plum aroma, with oats, and alcohol. Light amber with a thin ring like head. Taste is oats, a bit of apple with balanced sweetness and bitterness.
Ferris (490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Sweet malts, balanced with earthy piney hops. Nice bitterness with the mellow piney flavours. Some orange in the finish. A bit of alcohol and a rich oily mouthfeel. A great balanced IPA.
firefly765 (25) - - APR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oransay Amber golden color with minimal head. Fruity aroma with some raisin scent Not enough hop aroma for my liking. I would like a bit more hop To malt ratio balance. A bit boozy I like the 60 minute better.
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beer-yum (61) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting beer but nowhere near 100 in my book. Unique flavour of aniseed doesnít cover the taste of raw alcohol. Definitely one to enjoy periodically at the end of a beer drinking session.
Sperine (138) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Maybe I'm spoiled being from the Philly area since this is so readily available, but I wouldn't consider this better than "very good," when most people would consider it one of the best.
AKThunder (152) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After trying this and the 60 side by side, I think I prefer this. Not only is this one stronger, but has a really distinct malt taste that attacks your palate.
airrick2003 (172) - Louisiana, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: very clear dark gold, almost an orange color, has a thick white head, laces nicely
Aroma: grass, pine, some citrus, apricot, fruit, spice
Taste: bitter, fruit, grass, orange, coffee, spicy
Palate: Starts with a nice c02 burn, has a medium to heavy body on the tongue, leaves a pronounced bitter and slightly chocolate spicy aftertaste, some alcohol comes thru
Overall: this is a beer with a lot of hidden flavors, itís best drank very slow and really concentrate on everything that is being experienced in your mouth, complex, hides the high abv very nicely even though you do get hints of the alcohol