AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The color of a rare hunk of amber, red hues light this beer like stained glass. Thin head with large light bubbles. No evidence of carbonation. Note worthy lacing. This beer is intoxicating before the first sip is taken. The smell is of Fall; brandy, apple, oak, pine, alcohol, and caramel. In the flavor there are notes of cedar that don’t present themselves in the nose, along with hops and caramel. Beautiful fulfilling palate; creamy, heavy and full bodied with a dry smooth end. This is the perfect comfort beer. A pint of icecream couldn’t take the blues away half as well as this beverage.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange ruby pour with a compact two finger head. Aroma is sweet with vanillas and light hop spice. Flavor is very sweet, mildly spicy with a hint of candied fruit/raisns that hides the alcohol but comes off too sweet combined with the syrupy palate.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle) Dark gold/light amber. Almost no head. Aroma is malt and pine hops. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, some pine hops, lots of oak and vanilla. Body is a bit thick. I’d been wanting to try this for a while, and I was somewhat disappointed.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I want to like it, but I don’t. It’s too damn sweet, cloying. Doesn’t taste like a ten percent beer, the sweetness just overwhelms the alcohol and the hops. The aroma is of an IPA, the taste, well... the taste. Sticky. Looks good, sounds better, but overall, not a strong showing from an otherwise excellent brewery.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours cleans light amber color, big white lasting head, mild hop and alcohol aroma, very smooth honey flavor, and sweet at first, hop flavor is there but not like a double ipa, sweet candy flavor, vanilla oak.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very clean amber brew from 12 oz bottle. thick foamy off white head. Very sweet hopped up aroma. Mellow, refreshing, inviting. Thick, malty sweet melon flavor, Heavy brew, thick corn syrup like texture with a gentle warming. Bottle says 10% abv but alcohol is not noticable at all. Not as hoppy as I expected for a IIPA. Kind of flat.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at the Summits Cumming East Coast Beer Dinner. super sweet. a ton of vanilla candied oakness. blam-o hop bite. amber color. perfect almond head. this is a huge big beer. lots of alc.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of hops, malt, oaky vanilla, and banana. Flavors of vanilla oak balance the hop character, and there is a pronounced sweetness. Very malty and full bodied, with an excellent finish. Very good beer.
Re-rate, 5/8/08, 2007 bottle. Deep orange pour with some white film on top. Aroma is very sweet, sugary malt, oak and vanilla. The flavor is the same, very sweet malt up-front, vanilla, some plum, woody finish, with some hop bitterness lingering. No change in score.
Arayaga2 (2129) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Nice coppery color with thin white head. Amazing red plum and vanilla aromas are not very IPA esque, but extremely pleasant and floral. Taste is quite rich, with a definite 90 minute presence . At times, it is almost cloying and medicinal, but it remains very drinkable, with alcohol, tannins and peach in the finish. $4/12oz
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Copper-brown, with a one inch off white head that seems quite durable. The aroma is a woody hop aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Sweet, with a massive, heavy syrup mouth feel. The sweetness and body covers almost all of the hop bitterness. I like the blending of an aged ale and a fresh ale. The two beers are a definite compliment. I can’t get over how sweet the beer is. It must have condensed significantly in the barrels. A truly remarkable beer.