JohnnyJ (4809) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Aroma of sweet fruit, alcohol, hops, and a little wood. Pours a golden red with small off-white head. Enjoyable flavor of sweet malt, fuicy fruit, hops, some wood notes, and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz bottle-Poured a clear amber color w/a slight off white head. Somewhat sweet aroma w/some hops. Had some hops & sweetness on the front end w/a little bit of a woodsy follow up. Flavor seemed to kind of wander, was somewhat lost or confusing-too sweet for an IPA but too hoppy for a barley wine. This one kind of confused me. Not really sure what they were going for here.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This beer interests and yet confounds me. Subtle aroma, complex and moody. Starts off smelling rather sour (kinda like a small of fraction of Fort, with more brown sugar and malt) then becomes more caramelly smelling. Enticing so far. Flavors have a wonderful and strong maple sweetness and a dryish woddy hop flavor. The sweetness is slightly sour on the finish, and the 80 IBUs are surprisingly subtle. Thereís a bit of acidity in the finish as well. There was some sort of off quality in this beer that Iím kind of new to, but Iíve noticed in other beers before (like Hog Heaven). It was like certain parts of the beer that became creamy also tasted stale. Oxidized? Too phenoly/estery? Iím not sure. This beer would be excellent if not for that. A perfect compromise for those who like IPAs and think the sweetness of Immort Ale (or Samael) should be tamed.**rerate*** Okay, fresh bottles solved my oxidation problems. Very good stuff IMO.
harrisoni (14842) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at Collins Pub,Seattle. Russet, withthin off white head. Candy sugar and vanilla aroma. Way too sweet. Pleasant, but tastes its strength. Aroma of a barley wine, lots of hop on the end. Some odd black pepperon the end. I would have put this down as more of a barley wine than an IIPA. 635310 2.7/5.0 Re-rate Bottle at ChrisO "Iím Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Clear orange brown, some hops. Strong in ABV. Good hot hops on finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti - Pours a deep clear amber color with a small off white head. Very light lacing. Has a very nice toasty malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt and full of esters. Medium to full body. A very good beer. Thanks Jason.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear copper color with an oxidized hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor with subdued hops. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Sweet aftertaste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy amber beer with a stable head. Caramel, alcohol, apple, oak, pear aromas. Slightly oxidized. Sweet and spicy toffee and oak flavor with some vanilla and hops. Warming finish. Fruit flavors come out as it rises to room temp. Very nice.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel and mango, with the slightest hint of cask wood. Appears a hazy reddish-coppor color with notable effervescence of small bubbles, and with a small creamy yellow head that dissipates. Flavor is vinous, intensely malty, with some sweet stone fruit; there is a notable hop bite that balances will with the vanilla oak finish. Palate is thick and sweet, and would be syrupy but for the effervescence on the palate. Overall, a truly delightful brew.
EKGoldings (610) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opulent and complex taste. Better served chilled rather than cold. As others point out, any oak taste is hidden behind the sweet malt and resinous hop.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer hidden in my beer collection of bottles. What a nice surprise for me. I think I bought this 4 pk last year sometime. Dark amber color. partical floating around. Smell of oak, citrus, pine, malt, hops, sweet caramel and alcohol. Taste of woody pines, citrus peals, caramel, malt, cinamon, other spices and hops. Alcohol makes you warm and tingly inside with a bitterness that lingers.